Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
Scottish Government (UK)
Experiences of leading regions particularly committed to fighting climate change and their approach to face the main challenges in their territories.
Since 2009, Roseanna has been a Minister in the Scottish Government, covering four varied and interesting portfolios. In 2009 she was appointed Minister for the Environment. In 2010, Climate Change was added to her portfolio. As Minister, Roseanna led the Crofting Bill and the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill through Parliament.
In 2011, Roseanna took on a new role in the Scottish Government as Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs. This is a role which she equally enjoyed, given her legal background and commitment to social justice. Her remit covered sectarianism, fire service reform and community integration.
Following Nicola Sturgeon's appointment as First Minister in November 2014, Ms Sturgeon promoted Roseanna to the new post of Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training. This exciting portfolio promoted the Living Wage and tackled the obstacles that can often prevent women from playing their full part in the world of work. It was a key role in driving forward the Scottish Government's policies of fair work, equal pay and gender balance. After the Parliamentary elections of May 2016, Roseanna was appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. In this role she introduced the Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan. Her remit includes taking forward further land reform and reforming wild fisheries.