New ministers have been appointed as part of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet reshuffle.
Former Business, Energy and Innovation Minister Paul Wheelhouse will take on a new role as Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands – reporting to the new Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary Michael Matheson.
The Scottish Government said Mr Wheelhouse would combine his existing support for Scotland’s energy industry with the delivery of 100% superfast broadband across Scotland and implementation of the Islands bill.
Jamie Hepburn will take on the new role of Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills – combining the post of Business Minister with his previous responsibility for employment and skills.
Mr Hepburn will report jointly to the Education Secretary and the Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work.
After six years as Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe FitzPatrick will become Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, taking forward the Government’s actions to tackle obesity.
Kevin Stewart will remain in post as Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and has been tasked by the First Minister with implementing the Homelessness Taskforce recommendations.
Maree Todd, who was appointed Minister for Children and Young People in October last year, will remain in her post focused on delivering the Government’s childcare ambitions.