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Newly Appointed First Minister, Humza Yousef, Announces His New Cabinet

Posted: 4th April 2023

As you may have seen, following his election as leader of the SNP last week, Humza Yousef has become First Minister and finalised the appointment of his new cabinet.

There were quite a number of high profile surprises – many new faces, the loss of some well know ones such as Kate Forbes and Ivan McKee, and the creation of new positions or re-alignment of others.  The job of engaging with this new administration to support our critical Capital city economy now begins.

The full list of Ministerial appointments is below:

  • First Minister, Humza Yousaf
  • Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Elena Whitham
  • Minister for Independence, Jamie Hepburn
  • Minister for Cabinet and Parliamentary Business, George Adam
  • Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Shona Robison
  • Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance, Tom Arthur
  • Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Joe FitzPatrick
  • Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson
  • Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, Jenni Minto
  • Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd
  • Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Jenny Gilruth
  • Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, Natalie Don
  • Minister for Higher and Further Education; and Minister for Veterans, Graeme Dey
  • Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition, Màiri McAllan
  • Minister for Transport, Kevin Stewart
  • Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy, Neil Gray
  • Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Richard Lochhead
  • Minister for Energy, Gillian Martin
  • Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity (who will also work alongside the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition), Lorna Slater
  • Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights (who will also work alongside the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice), Patrick Harvie
  • Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon
  • Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson
  • Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Christina McKelvie
  • Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Shirley-Anne Somerville
  • Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees, Emma Roddick
  • Minister for Housing, Paul McLennan
  • Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs, Angela Constance
  • Minister for Victims and Community Safety, Siobhian Brown

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