QMS beefs up board

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed four new board members for the next four years, who join on 1 April 2014.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, revealed that the new members are Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Sarah Mackie, George Milne and Philip Sleigh.

Chairman of QMS Jim McLaren commented: “The ability of Quality Meat Scotland’s board to deliver fully on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry depends on the collective energy breadth of key skills and depth of experience of each of those who serve on it.

Fitzpatrick is the scientific director of the Moredun Research Institute and chief executive of the Moredun Group, while Mackie is head of local sourcing for Tesco and farms in Aberdeenshire. Milne is the development officer for the National Sheep Association Scottish region and a sheep farmer in Fife. Sleigh is director of both NFU Scotland and Scottish Pig Producers and has 30 years of experience farming in Aberdeenshire,

Lochead said: “I am very pleased that Julie, Sarah, George and Philip have accepted a seat on the Board from next April. Their collective skills and wide knowledge of the factors that influence the red meat sector will be a great asset to QMS.”

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