Keith Brown was appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work in May 2016.
The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:
- bankruptcy policy and Accountant in Bankruptcy
- business, industry and manufacturing, innovation and increasing productivity
- cities and infrastructure investment policy
- consumer advocacy and advice
- employability programmes, youth and women's employment and employment policy
- energy, energy consent, a low carbon economy and renewable energy industries
- financial services
- internationalisation and European structural funds
- labour market strategy, the living wage, fair work and inclusive growth
- life sciences
- regional economic forums
- Scottish economy
- Scottish Enterprise - national enterprise agency
- trade and inward investment
- trade unions
He served with the Royal Marines before pursuing a career in local government administration, where he was also an active trade union representative with UNISON. He is a graduate of Dundee University and studied at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Mr Brown has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since 2007 and is currently the constituency MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane. Before his election he served for 11 years as a councillor in Clackmannanshire, and held the post of Council Leader from 1999 to 2003.
He became Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning in February 2009 and has since held a number of ministerial roles before becoming Minister for Transport and Veterans in September 2012 and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities in November 2014.