Mairi Gougeon of has been appointed the new Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, taking over from Fergus Ewing
Mairi Gougeon is the new Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, taking charge of our policies to empower and support Scotland’s rural and island communities.
Ms Gougeon will replace Fergus Ewing who held the position for the past five years.
The Scottish Nationalist Party MSP is no stranger to the issues facing the industry as she previously served as junior minister for rural affairs and the natural environment – a role she held for more than two years until December.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had previously described the Angus North and Mearns MSP as a “highly effective rural affairs minister working with stakeholders, balancing competing interests and taking on difficult policy challenges”.
Earlier today Ms Gougeon said “It’s such an incredible honour and privilege to be appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands and to be part of this Scottish Government team.
“I follow the inimitable Fergus Ewing and know first-hand how hard he worked on behalf of Scotland’s farmers and fishers.”
Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “Congratulations to Mairi Gougeon on her appointment to the Rural Affairs Cabinet post within the Scottish Government. We look forward to engaging at the earliest opportunity on the many challenges that confront the sector. Thanks also to Fergus Ewing, who has stood down from the government, for his support, commitment and willingness to listen to the industry.”
Former Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Fergus Ewing congratulated Mairi Gougeon on her appointment tweeting “My warm congratulations to the new cabinet and in particular Mairi Gougeon my successor.”