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Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Current role holder: Fiona Hyslop MSP

Fiona Hyslop MSP

Fiona Hyslop was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in May 2016.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • architecture and built heritage
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cross government co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland
  • cross government co-ordination on the European Union and international relations
  • culture and the arts
  • fair trade
  • international development
  • national records and national identity
  • Scottish diaspora
  • tourism

Supporting Ministers


She was born in Ayrshire in 1964 and spent her early years in England before returning to Scotland to study. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology.

She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager. Ms Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament's Education Committee.

Following the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2011, she was elected MSP for Linlithgow and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. The portfolio responsibility for Europe was added in November 2014.