Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity

Current role holder: Lorna Slater MSP

Lorna Slater MSP

Lorna Slater MSP was appointed as Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity in August 2021. 

Responsibilities

Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy and the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport.

  • Green Industrial Strategy
  • green skills
  • circular economy
  • Zero Waste Scotland
  • nature recovery targets
  • NatureScot
  • biodiversity
  • national parks and natural heritage
  • plant health
  • and serving as a member of Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Emergency

Biography

Lorna Slater was born, raised and educated in Canada. She moved to Scotland in 2000 after earning a master's degree in Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Prior to being elected in 2021, Lorna worked as an engineer, and then a project manager in the renewables sector. During this time, she worked on the Orbital O2 project, the world's biggest floating tidal turbine.

Lorna has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothian since May 2021. She was elected as a co-leader of the Scottish Green Party in August 2019.