Fiona Hyslop was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in May 2016.
She was born in Ayrshire in 1964 and spent her early years in England before returning to Scotland to study. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology. She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager. Ms Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament’s Education Committee.
Following the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2011, she was elected MSP for Linlithgow and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. The portfolio responsibility for Europe was added in November 2014.