Kate Forbes is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch constituency (which includes Dingwall, the Black Isle & the Great Glen) and Cabinet Secretary for Finance in the Scottish Government.
Kate is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.
As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy. During her first two years at Holyrood she was named a finalist for Holyrood magazine’s backbencher of the Year for 2017/18.
A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history in early 2018 by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.
On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy. Later that year she won the "One to Watch" category at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year awards, having been runner-up the previous year.
On 6 February 2020 Kate made history by becoming the first woman to deliver a Budget statement at either of the Scottish or Westminster Parliaments.
On 17 February 2020, she was promoted to the role of Cabinet Secretary for Finance - again the first woman to hold the post.
In the constituency, Kate has been assisting several projects helping to improve tourism infrastructure across the constituency. As well as being influential in the setting up of the Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, almost half of the original £6 million funding has gone to places in her constituency.
She continues to work hard for her constituents, and if you would like to meet with Kate, or get in touch, see here on how to do so.