Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart’s Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.
Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.
Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.
Paul’s first ministerial appointments in the previous parliament were Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and subsequently, Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs in November 2014.
At the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Election Paul was elected again as MSP for the South of Scotland region.
Following the formation of the new SNP government Paul was appointed as Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy. A role that keeps him very busy.
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