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Kate Rowell

Chair

Kate Rowell is a fifth generation farmer running the 750 hectare Hundleshope farm on the Haystoun Estate, where the family have been tenants for 150 years. She runs the hill unit near Peebles with her husband Ed and their four children.

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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 farms in partnership with his son, Neil and wife, Susan. They have a herd of 300 predominately Angus cows all running with Angus bulls. All males are kept entire and finished on farm, heifers are sold either store or finished. Scott is Chair of the Auction Market Standards Setting Body, joint chair of the Cattle and Sheep Industry advisory Group and member of the Cattle and Sheep Assurance Standards Setting Body

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George Milne

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

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Ann Irvine

Ann Irvine is currently a board member of University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Perth College, was brought up on a mixed farm in Northern Ireland. For the past 21 years she has been farming with her husband in North East Scotland and helping the public to better understand where their food comes from. Her professional career spans thirty years in local government and further and higher education.

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Andy McGowan

Andy McGowan is the Managing Director of Scottish Pig Producers, the pig marketing cooperative that plays a pivotal role in developing the pigmeat supply chain in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He was the Head of Industry Development at QMS from 2002 until 2013 and has also worked in food and livestock genetics companies across Europe and Asia. Mr McGowan also sits on the Board of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society, Scotland Food & Drink, scoteid.com Ltd, Wholesale Pigs (Scotland) Ltd and Pig Regen Ltd.

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Gordon Wallace

Gordon Wallace is a butcher with over 30 years senior management experience ranging from volume carcass processing to meat product manufacturing.

Mr Wallace is a part-time lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and freelance assessor/trainer principally with Scottish Meat Training. Gordon has a master’s degree in educational studies (M.Ed.), from Glasgow University and is a former chair of East Renfrewshire Council’s audit and scrutiny committee.

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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. 

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Ian Bentley

Ian has had a 30-year career in food retailing culminating in senior management positions in the Marks and Spencer Food Division, including spells with responsibility for the Meat category. He then joined Scotbeef Ltd as a non-executive Director where he had a deeper involvement in the meat industry. At Scotbeef, Ian helped with strategy and recruitment, and represented the company on the Council of Trade Associations in Scotland and the UK. 

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Peter Brown

Peter studied agriculture at Aberdeen and worked for 6 years with the Highlands & Islands Development Board, then became founder and Managing Director of Scottish Food Quality Certification (Edinburgh) and CMi Certification (Oxford).  He was involved for over 20 years in the establishment of farm assurance schemes across the UK, and further afield.  He has chaired two arts charities and has been Chair/Director of the List, the UK guide to what’s on and to Scottish food & drink.  Following his interest in the food industry he recently gained a masters in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University. 

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Adrian Ivory

Adrian graduated from the Royal Agricultural College with a Bsc Hons degree in 1997 and took over the running of his family farm in 2004. Strathisla Farms is based just outside Meigle in Perthshire which runs a herd of 150 commercial breeding females alongside 55 pedigree Simmentals and 45 pedigree Charolais and a couple of Beef Shorthorns.

They also harvest 1,500 acres of cereals annually which is a mix of wheat, winter barley and spring barley.  Adrian completed the Scottish Rural leadership programme in 2008 as well as Harvest the Growth in 2015. 

He was also the Farmers Weekly ‘Young Farmer of the Year’ as well as ‘Overall Farmer of the Year’ in 2008.   Adrian sits on the British Simmental Council and is a previous member of the British Charolais council.  Adrian was awarded his FRaGS 2019 (Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies).  

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Scott Jarron

Scott has considerable retail experience in the red meat industry having directed Scott Brothers Butchers in Dundee for the last 15 years. The business is diverse to the extent that it sells red meats to retail, wholesale and online. This role has given Scott a wealth of experience of marketing and promotional activities, and this will be invaluable to QMS. 

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Niall Jeffrey

Niall Jeffrey is a mixed beef and arable farmer based in East Lothian.  He graduated with a BSc in agriculture from Newcastle university in 2006, spent some time working in New Zealand and completed a BASIS certificate in Agriculture, before joining the family business in 2009.  He is currently an Agri- Epicentre satellite farmer and in 2018 won the ‘Agriscot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year’.  Niall brings to the board a good understanding of animal production systems and practical experience in technology and innovative farming.  

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Charles Milne

After studying at the Royal Veterinary College, London, Professor Milne worked for two years in mixed practice in the East of Scotland. He then moved to the State Veterinary Service in Perth where he gained extensive experience in disease management including BSE, Foot and Mouth, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue. 

In 2003, Professor Milne was appointed Chief Veterinary Officer, Scotland where he was responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare issues.  In 2009, he was appointed as Director, Food Standards Agency Scotland where he remained until 1 July 2014 when he was appointed Chief Veterinary Officer Victoria in Australia.