Kate Forbes was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance in February 2020.
She is from Dingwall, although has spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration.
As a backbencher, she has served on various Scottish Parliament Committees. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution. She was appointed Minister for Public Finance and the Digital Economy in June 2018, before being appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance in February 2020.