Quality Meat Scotland names new chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

Clarke, who is currently chief executive of Scottish Bakers, will take over the reins from Uel Morton who will step down in July 2017 after 11 years in the role.

Clarke took up his position with Scottish Bakers six years ago and highlights during his tenure have included the establishment of the first Scottish Bakers Export Group and increasing overall membership by 22%.

His career has also included five years’ experience as director of Lifelong Learning UK and 10 years as chief executive of a Sector Training Council in Northern Ireland.

His academic career includes an MBA and postgraduate diplomas in management studies and personnel management.

Jim McLaren, chairman of QMS, said the appointment followed a robust recruitment process.

“We look forward to welcoming Alan on board this summer,” said McLaren. "He brings with him a wealth of experience, in both the private and public sectors, and a strong skillset, including governance, finance, project management, people management and IT skills.

“His background also includes a strong commercial focus and a valuable track record of building lasting professional business relationships at senior level with funders including government agencies, customers and other key stakeholders.”

McLaren thanked Morton for his huge contribution over the past decade to the development of QMS, saying he would leave the organisation in a very strong position to move forward.

Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers, said: “It is with great regret that today I must announce that our chief executive of seven years, Alan Clarke, will be leaving Scottish Bakers at the end of June to take up the role of chief executive of QMS. 

“Alan leaves Scottish Bakers in a much healthier position than when he joined. We have provided training and qualifications to more than 3,000 employees across the UK from the food and drink sector and grown annual turnover exponentially, achieving profitability each year. During this time, we have received healthy audits not just from our accountants but from our awarding bodies, regulators and funders.

“We have built on our range of services, which are now respected by our members, funders and key stakeholders. We have built on the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and established the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards making a positive impact to each of the winning businesses. We have been recognised nationally by winning Conference of the Year for two years in a row at the UK Association awards.”

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