Born in 1966 in Inverness, Tavish Scott attended Anderson High School, Lerwick, Shetland and Napier College, Edinburgh, where he attained a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.
After graduating in 1989, Tavish worked for Jim Wallace MP in the House of Commons. He became Scottish press officer for the Liberal Democrats in 1990, before returning to Shetland to run his family’s farm.
From 1994 to 1999 Tavish was a local councillor representing Lerwick Harbour and Bressay Ward on Shetland Islands Council. He was Vice-chairman of the Roads and Transport Committee and Chairman of Lerwick Harbour Trust.
In 1999, Tavish Scott was elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland and he was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016.
Tavish was the Deputy Minister for Parliament from 1 November 2000 until 9 March 2001.
He subsequently held the post of Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Services and Parliamentary Business from 21st May 2003 until 29th June 2005.
Tavish joined the Scottish Cabinet on 29th June 2005 when he was appointed Minister for Transport, a post he held until May 2007.
From May 2007 until August 2008, Tavish was Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and also Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.
In August 2008, Tavish was elected Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. He resigned as Leader in May 2011.
From May 2011 until the recent election, Tavish was the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Transport, Rural Affairs, Fisheries, Environment and Sport. He was also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee and Referendum Committee and he is also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Since his re-election in May 2016, Tavish has been the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education and Sport as well as holding the European brief. He currently sits on the Education & Skills Committee and the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee.