Minister for Victims and Community Safety
Siobhian Brown was appointed as Minister for Victims and Community Safety in March 2023.
Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs.
Specific responsibilities are:
- access to justice
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- violence reduction
- community safety
- civil law and tribunals
- anti-social behaviour
- legal profession
- legal regulation
- Legal Aid Fund
- Scottish Law Commission bills
- alcohol licensing
- CashBack for Communities
- Bairn's Hoose (reporting jointly to Minister for Children, Young People, and Keeping the Promise)
- strategic approach to women in the justice system
- hate crime strategy
- equally safe strategy
Born in London to Scottish parents, she emigrated to Australia when she was four and was raised and educated in Sydney. On leaving school, she travelled the world, working in Spain, Italy and London, before settling in Scotland in 1999.
In 2010 she set up a Global Charity Benny Walk for her friend’s son who died of a DIPG brain tumour at the age of five and also set up South Ayrshire Babybank .
A former South Ayrshire councillor, Ms Brown was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 as MSP for Ayr. Until her ministerial appointment, she served as Convener of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee.
Away from politics, she enjoys walking the Ayrshire coast with her husband, children and Ruby the dog.
- read more about Siobhian Brown on the Scottish Parliament website
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