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Kate Rowell


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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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.

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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 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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Chief Executive 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 is currently the Vice President of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers and sits on the board of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society, 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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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.