Minister for Environment and Land Reform

Current role holder: Mairi McAllan MSP

Mairi McAllan MSP

Mairi McAllan MSP was appointed as the Minister for Environment and Land Reform in May 2021.

Responsibilities

Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • land reform and land use
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • environmental quality
  • natural resources, peatland and flooding
  • Scottish Land Commission
  • Hydro Nation
  • Drinking Water Quality Regulator
  • private water
  • forestry and woodlands
  • Forestry and Land Scotland
  • Scottish Forestry
  • EU Support and related services
  • Forest Research (cross-border services)
  • environmental and climate justice
  • Crown Estate Scotland
  • marine planning
  • national parks and natural heritage
  • plant health
  • GM

Biography

Mairi McAllan is a former lawyer and Special Adviser to the First Minister in Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform and was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 to represent the constituency of Clydesdale.

Ms McAllan grew up and was educated in the town of Biggar in South Lanarkshire, before studying Scots Law at the University of Glasgow and European law at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Ms McAllan attended Glasgow University to gain her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and, after qualifying as a Scots lawyer, specialised in energy and natural resources in a Glasgow, commercial firm.

Ms McAllan also cofounded the human rights organisation ‘Reblaw Scotland’.