Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy

Current role holder: Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing is the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • agriculture and crofting
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • food and drink
  • Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • South of Scotland Enterprise Agency
  • rural Scotland
  • animal health
  • forestry

Supporting Minister


Prior to undertaking the current role, he was the Minister for Community Safety and then the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.

He is MSP for Inverness and Nairn, and was first elected in 1999, having been re-elected on four occasions. He is the elder son of Winnie Ewing.

Educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh, he graduated in law from Glasgow University before serving his apprenticeship and then running his own legal practice. After decades of bagging Munros, completing marathons and serving as a member of Lomond Mountain Rescue Team, he now engages in more sedentary pursuits such as the piano, listening to jazz and doing crosswords.