Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport

Current role holder: Maree Todd MSP

Maree Todd  MSP

Maree Todd was appointed Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport in May 2021.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • public health and healthy working lives
  • women's health
  • sport and physical activity
  • fan bank
  • COVID-19 testing programme
  • problem alcohol use and recovery
  • palliative care
  • mesh
  • abortion
  • child and maternal health
  • sexual health
  • Allied Healthcare services
  • medical records
  • population health
  • healthy weight
  • sensory impairment
  • Food Standards Scotland


Maree Todd grew up in the West Highlands, attending Ullapool High School and then studying pharmacy and prescribing at Robert Gordon's and Strathclyde, as well as taking an ante-natal teaching diploma at the University of Bedfordshire.

A pharmacist by profession, Todd worked in NHS Highland for 20 years, mainly as a mental health pharmacist in a psychiatric hospital. She also contributed to SIGN guidance on perinatal mental health.

She was previously the Minister for Children and Young People.