Douglas Bell appointed head of industry development

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Douglas Bell as its new head of industry development.

Bell takes over from Johnny Mackey and is currently head of the agricultural policy unit of SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, Scotlands Rural College.

A BSc Agriculture graduate of Edinburgh University, Bell has 30 years experience of delivering high level management advice and training through routes ranging from consultancy and project design to facilitation and a hands-on approach.

He will start his new role with QMS at the end of October and is also involved in running the family farm near Carnwath in Lanarkshire.

Uel Morton, QMS chief executive, said: Doug brings a wealth of experience, as well as core skills, to the role and we look forward to him joining our staff team in the coming weeks.

QMS industry development activities are an important area of our workload and we are very encouraged by the strong interest from farmers in grassroots activities aimed at improving the profitability, sustainability and confidence of the Scottish red meat industry.

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