Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees

Emma Roddick MSP



Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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.

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