QMS appoints first female board member

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed its first-ever female board member, Louise Welsh, who has more than 10 years’ experience working in the food industry, it was announced last month.

Welsh, a former journalist who previously pursued a career at BBC Scotland for 10 years, has also been head of communications at QMS. Currently, she holds the position as agriculture manager for Morrisons.

The second new board member, Ronnie Eunson, is currently a sheep and beef farmer in Shetland, in addition to holding the position as chair of Shetland livestock marketing group.

Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead announced the appointment of both Welsh and Eunson today.

Lochhead said: "I am delighted to appoint Louise and Ronnie to the board of QMS as they will bring a fresh perspective and insight to the important work that the board and staff of QMS undertake on behalf of the red meat supply chain in Scotland."

QMS chairman Jim McLaren said: "I’m very encouraged that so many skilled and knowledgeable people applied for the positions and I welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s selection of two individuals who are highly regarded in the industry. We look forward to welcoming Ronnie and Louise on board and I am confident they will bring a valuable combination of skills, fresh ideas and experience to the board."

The appointment of Welsh and Eunson will run over four years, from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.


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