New QMS Board Appointed

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, has announced the appointment of eleven members for the new Board of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The new members have a range of expertise in the industry- from farmers to consultants and butchers to business men. They are: Jim Arbuckle, MBS Henry Graham, Robert Howat, Donald Miller, Robert Parker, Andrew Peddie, Alistair Donaldson, John Gregor, Gordon McKen, Jim Royan and Professor Phillip Thomas.

Commenting on the appointments, Richard Lochhead said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of eleven new Board members for Quality Meat Scotland. The Board provides a good balance of levy and non levy payers and brings a wealth of experience of the red meat sector and other relevant skills.

"I am confident that the Board will provide strong direction for Quality Meat Scotland and ensure that it continues to work hard for the benefit of the red meat sector in Scotland."

QMS Chairman, Donald Biggar, said: "These new appointments by the Scottish Government bring together top quality people from different backgrounds with the right blend of knowledge and skills to guide QMS in our future work on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry.

"The red meat sector is a major player in Scotland's growing food industry and we aim to help our red meat businesses build on that position going forward. The new QMS Board will be integral to helping us achieve that ambition.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing members of the existing QMS Board who have made a huge contribution during their time in office."

More information on the appointees can be found on the QMS website: http://www.qmscotland.co.uk/news/news-story.php?id=764