Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Jeane Freeman was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 26 June 2018. She previously served as Minister for Social Security from May 2016 to June 2018, having been elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, standing for the Scottish National Party.
Born in Ayr in 1953, the daughter of a panel beater and a nurse, Jeane grew up in Ayrshire with her brothers. She was educated at Ayr Academy, then Glasgow College of Technology from where she graduated with an MA with Honours in Politics and Sociology.
Over the course of her career she has worked as a researcher at Westminster, a book-keeper for a travel company and as a researcher and script writer for the BBC. She has worked with the Saatchi and Saatchi Charity Unit and was a senior civil servant. Jeane established the social enterprise Apex Scotland to work with employers and ex-offenders.
In 2005 she set up her own public affairs company, working with public and private sector companies and social enterprises. Prior to her election as an MSP in 2016 she chaired the board of the Golden Jubilee Foundation and was a member of the Parole Board for Scotland and the Judicial Appointments Board. In the 1996 Birthday Honours, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the rehabilitation of offenders.
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