Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has been appointed as Acting Children and Young People Minister.
In a first for the Scottish Parliament, she will be covering Aileen Campbell MSP’s maternity leave and is due to take up her new post from December 19.
Ms McLeod said: “It is truly an honour to have been appointed to the Scottish Government and I am especially pleased it is to cover the Children and Young People brief while Aileen is on maternity leave.
“This is the first time this will have been done in the Scottish Parliament which is very exciting.
“I am looking forward to meeting a lot of new people from all across Scotland, but the thought of Question Time on a Thursday is a little daunting, but I know Nicola has faith in me, so I will rise to the challenge!”
FionaMcLeod is currently in her second spell as an MSP.
She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament as an SNP list MSP for the West of Scotland in 1999 - a position she held until 2003.
The former librarian made a dramatic return to Holyrood on May 5, 2011, winning the Strathkelvin and Bearsden seat for the SNP.
The seat had previously been held by Labour.
In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election Ms McLeod polled 14,258 votes and secured the seat with a 1,802 majority, putting Labour into second place with 12,456 votes.