QMS Board


Jim McLaren


Jim McLaren was appointed Chairman of QMS in April 2011. He is married with two sons, two daughters and two stepdaughters and runs a mixed arable and livestock business in Perthshire. The main arable enterprise is the production of spring malting barley, with the livestock side of the business including a pedigree Simmental herd.

Jim was NFU Scotland President from 2007 to 2011.


Ronnie Eunson

Ronnie is a sheep and beef farmer in Shetland and specialises in supplying mainland businesses with organic products.  He is also Chair of Shetland Livestock Marketing Group which operates the auctions mart and abattoir.


Julie Fitzpatrick

Professor Fitzpatrick is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Group.  She also holds a Chair in Food Security in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow.


Jock Gibson

Jock Gibson runs his family Butchers Macbeth’s in Forres concentrating on marketing and promotion, particularly for the mail order business.  He is customer facing and passionate about the butchery sector and is also involved in the family beef hill farm where they breed Highland, Shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus cross cattle.


Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson graduated with an agriculture degree in 1975, and since then has worked on the family farm on the outskirts of Dumfries.  He has built up the business with his brother and they now run a herd of 450 beef cows and a 450 ewe flock with the help of their two sons.  Their main enterprise, however, is finishing around 1800 cattle annually.  Scott is a member of the QMS Cattle and Sheep Standards Committee and is a former Chair of the Scottish Beef Association.  


Sarah Mackie

Sarah Mackie is a partner in her family farm in Aberdeenshire and also runs a freelance business specialising in the procurement of Scottish food and drink to a portfolio of non-competing businesses. She is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and former Head of Local Sourcing with Tesco UK.


Alan McNaughton

Alan is Site Director of McIntosh Donald and past president of SAMW. He is son of a Perthshire farmer and has a BSc Hon in Animal Production Science from the University of Edinburgh. Alan has more than 34 years' experience in the meat processing trade, starting as a graduate trainee of the Fatstock Marketing Corporation (FMC) in 1981, before joining the Grampian Country Food Group in 1995 as sales director before becoming Managing Director in 2006. Alan is an Assoiate of the Royal Agricultural Societies.



George Milne

George Milne is a sheep farmer in Fife with practical knowledge of breeding livestock.  He is also a Development Officer for the NSA Scottish Region.


Katherine Rowell

Kate Rowell is a beef and sheep farmer from an upland LFA farm in Peeblesshire which runs 75 suckler cows, 430 mule ewes and 350 blackface ewes.  She is a qualified vet and worked in a mixed practice in the North of England for eight years before returning home to take over the family farm.  She and her husband were monitor farmers from 2102-2015 and she has been involved in helping at her children’s schools and on other farm visits with the Royal Highland Education Trust.


John Scott

John farms three units in Easter Ross and Sutherland with his wife Fiona, and they have four children. Their farming enterprises includes 150 pedigree Beef Shorthorn, Aberdeen Angus, Luing and crossbred suckler cows, 4000 pedigree Texel, Beltex, NZ Suffolk and crossbred ewes and 500 acres of combinable crops.

In 2005 John was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and travelled to America, Australia and New Zealand and in 2006 the Scott family became monitor farmers. John is current chairman of the Scottish Sheep Industry Group.


Philip Sleigh

Philip Sleigh has farmed in Aberdeenshire for over 30 years. Although he has experience of cattle and sheep management, his main focus is a sow herd and finishing all progeny.  He is a Director of Scottish Pig Producers Ltd.


Louise Welsh

After a lengthy career in journalism, including 10 years at BBC Scotland, Louise was Head of Communications at QMS and helped establish its work in health and education.  She has over 10 years’ experience of working in the food industry.


Alan Clarke

Chief Executive

As Accountable Officer for QMS, Alan is responsible to the Scottish Government for safeguarding all funds falling within the stewardship of the organisation. He also has specific responsibility for:

·         planning, performance management and monitoring

·         advising the board

·         managing risk and resources

·         accounting for QMS activities

As well as leading the day-to-day management of the organisation, he is the link between the direction set by the Board and his executive team responsible for ensuring the successful achievement of the activities necessary for QMS to deliver on its remit.