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.
Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.
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.
As his time as a Minister, Paul Wheelhouse has served as Minister for Environment and Climate
Change from 2012 to 2014 before being appointed Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.
Paul was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in May 2016 and subsequently he
was appointed Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, a post that he took up in the summer