Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees
Emma Roddick was appointed as Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees in March 2023.
Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice.
Specific responsibilities are:
- mainstreaming of equality and human rights
- diversity, inclusion and equalities, including disability, older people, women, gender, LGBTI and race, including Gypsy/Traveller community
- social isolation and loneliness strategy
- faith and belief
- population and migration
- New Scots strategy
- refugees and asylum seekers
- displaced peoples
Emma Roddick lived in Ross-shire as a child, attending Bridgend Primary School and, later, Alness Academy. In her late teens, she moved to Inverness for a temporary position at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), alongside casual Deliveroo work on her bike. When she was 19, she accepted a position with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
In 2019, she was elected as councillor for Inverness Central in the local by-election, and in her role as Councillor, sat on the South Planning Applications and City of Inverness Area Committees.
Ms Roddick was a board member of the Merkinch Partnership and, during lockdown, ran a COVID-19 support group in her local area.
She was elected as MSP for Highlands and Islands in 2021.
- read more about Emma Roddick on the Scottish Parliament website
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