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Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work

Current role holder: Keith Brown MSP

Keith Brown MSP

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

Supporting Ministers


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.