Minister for Social Security
Jeane Freeman MSP
Born and raised in Ayr, Jeane Freeman OBE was elected as the Scottish Parliament member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in 2016.
She attended the Glasgow College of Technology, where she gained her degree in sociology and politics. She was the first woman President of NUS Scotland the first woman General Secretary of the British Youth Council. In 1987 she established Apex Scotland, a criminal justice employment organisation. She has been a senior civil servant and a special adviser to Labour First Minister, Jack McConnell. She has in recent years worked in her own public affairs consultancy.
Ms Freeman chaired the Board of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, and was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, the Parole Board for Scotland and the Board of the Scottish Police Authority.
In 1991 she received the Norman McEwan award for her contribution to civil liberties and in 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the rehabilitation of offenders.
She was appointed as Minister for Social Security in May 2016.