Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development

Current role holder: Jenny Gilruth MSP

Jenny Gilruth MSP

Jenny Gilruth MSP was appointed as the Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development in May 2021.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • support for European and external relations
  • international development
  • major events
  • creative industries
  • Scotland Touring Fund for Theatre and Music
  • Youth Music Initiative
  • Creative Scotland and other arts
  • cultural collections
  • major events and themed years
  • National Towns of Culture
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • national performing companies
  • youth national performing companies
  • Fair Trade
  • architecture, place and built heritage


Brought up and educated in Fife, Jenny Gilruth is a graduate of Glasgow University, where she studied Politics and Sociology, and of Strathclyde University where she studied for her Postgraduate in Secondary Education (Modern Studies).

Prior to being elected in 2016, Jenny worked for over a decade in education, most recently as a Head of Department in a Fife secondary school.

Prior to that, Jenny worked at Education Scotland as NQ lead for Modern Studies, supporting the development of the new qualifications and also as a Modern Studies teacher.

Ms Gilruth was elected to represent the Mid Fife and Glenrothes Constituency at the 2016 election.

She was previously the Minister for Europe and International Development.