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 Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy 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.
A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber. During her first two years at Holyrood, she was named as a finalist in the “One to Watch” category at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year 2017 awards, and also a finalist for Holyrood magazine’s backbencher of the Year for 2017/18.
On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.