Tribute paid to former QMS employee

Scottish butchers and others involved in the Scottish red meat industry have been paying heartfelt tribute to the dedication and professionalism of June Lomax, a former employee of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), who passed away on Boxing Day.

Mrs Lomax’s career with the Scottish red meat industry started in May 1997, when she worked with Meat & Livestock Commission Scotland as personal assistant to general manager Alistair Donaldson. When QMS was formed in 2000, she became office administrator before taking up the reins of the Scotch Butchers’ Club, combined with an events co-ordinator role.

Mrs Lomax’s role with QMS involved working very closely with butchers throughout Scotland and her passion and commitment was particularly evident at events such as the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow and the Royal Highland Show, where she co-ordinated a strong presence for the industry. She retired as an employee in March 2010 and, since then, enjoyed working with  the organisation on a self-employed basis, prior to becoming unwell in autumn 2012.

’Uel Morton, QMS chief executive, described Mrs Lomax as “a popular and much-valued team player”.

“June successfully combined total professionalism and passion for her job with a keen sense of fun. She earned tremendous respect from those she worked with during her career and also forged many strong friendships throughout Scotland and beyond.

“She will be sorely missed by her colleagues and friends and our thoughts are with her husband Allan and family.”