Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment

Current role holder: Mairi Gougeon MSP

Mairi Gougeon  MSP

Mairi Gougeon was appointed Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment in June 2018.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • Animal health & welfare
  • Marine planning
  • National Parks and natural heritage
  • Physical and marine environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Plant Health (including forestry disease issues)
  • GM
  • Climate Change implications related to Agriculture


Mairi Gougeon was previously a councillor for Brechin and Edzell, during which she was chairwoman of the East of Scotland European Consortium.

She is a history graduate from the University of Aberdeen.

Mairi was elected as the MSP for Angus North and Mearns in May 2016.