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Alan Clarke

Chief Executive

As Accountable Officer for QMS, I am responsible to the Scottish Government for safeguarding all funds falling within the stewardship of the organisation. I am the link between the direction set by the Board and the implementation of its strategies by making sure the executive team delivers the activities necessary for QMS to successfully achieve its remit.

 

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Kirsty McCormack

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, I provide support to the Chair and Chief Executive across key business issues. I provide administrative support for the Board and assist with the development of QMS' policies and procedures.

Corporate Services
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Debbie Phillips

Head of Corporate Services

My role is to ensure effective corporate governance and that the principles of best practice and value are incorporated into QMS processes and procedures. I have overall responsibility for the financial and administrative functions of QMS.

 

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Ashley Little

Finance Assistant

I am responsible for the day to day operation of the sales and purchase ledgers and assist in the production of some of the organisation's financial reports.

 

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Maria Burton

Office Assistant

As the QMS Office Assistant, I am the first point of contact for all general enquiries. I assist the Corporate Services Team with the day-to-day running of the office and provide additional support to different departments with administration tasks, event planning and preparation for meetings.

Marketing & Comms
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Lesley Cameron

Director of Marketing & Communications

My role involves leading on the planning, delivery and evaluation of all marketing and communications activities and wider corporate and industry communications, undertaken by the Marketing & Comms team.  My remit also covers QMS's health & education activity and communicating the work of our industry development and economic services teams. Issues management is another key aspect of the role.

 

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Jennifer Robertson

Health & Education Manager

As a registered dietitian, I am responsible for many of the nutrition and health related issues concerning QMS and the red meat industry. Much of my time is spent visiting schools, educating pupils about eating red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet. I also work with the teams in QMS on projects with a nutrition or health focus.

 

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Alix Ritchie

Health & Education Manager

I am responsible for delivering education to pupils about eating red meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.  I work closely with our partners to ensure that the key red meat messages about health and the environment are communicated throughout the food education network. I previously worked as a Project Coordinator with the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and work on our family hill farm in Perthshire.

 

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Kirsty MacDonald

Marketing & Communications Manager

I am responsible for leading on the marketing and communications activity for the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands aimed at consumers within the UK.  I also work on promotional activity relating to the Scotch Butchers Club, Scotch Beef Club and the promotion of our brands to the export market.

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Ciara El-Mansi

Marketing Executive

As Marketing Executive, I support the Marketing and Communication Manager on all marketing activity for the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands. I also work on promotional activity relating to the Scotch Butchers Club, Scotch Beef Club as well as managing local, regional and export events throughout the year.

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Laura Strang

Corporate Communications Executive

My role is to support the Corporate Communications Manager to provide high quality communications and PR to promote our industry work to our key stakeholders and to both develop our industry and protect our industry from misinformation

 

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Antoine Legendre

Category Manger

My role  will be to create and develop a long-term strategy that drives sales, value and customer penetration of our Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands across both retail, and foodservice channels.

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Frances Hamilton

Brand Specialist

I am part of the Consumer Marketing team, and responsible for the digital marketing activity behind the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

 

Robert Duncan

Brands Specialist (Maternity Cover)

I am part of the Consumer Marketing team, and responsible for the digital marketing activity behind the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

Industry Development
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Bruce McConachie

Head of Industry Development

I am responsible for the development and delivery of programmes of activity to improve the quality and efficiency of the primary production of red meat and its supply chain in Scotland.

 

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Allan Ward

Pig Specialist

My primary role is to help Scottish pig producers to improve efficiency. I manage the Pig Business Network which covers Pig Monitor Farms, Pig Satellite Groups and provision of Agrosoft WinPig production software. I also have responsibility for all QMS pig health projects. 

 

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Beth Alexander

Trainee Cattle & Sheep Specialist

My role is to assist and deliver knowledge transfer and industry facing activities. My main focus is the delivery of ‘Meat the Market’ as well as other projects aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of livestock farmers in Scotland. I also support the economics department to collate industry data on prices and supply for the agricultural media.

 

Market Development
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Tom Gibson

Director of Market Development

My role involves working collaboratively with the Scottish red meat industry to identify opportunities for the sector to maintain, build and access new market opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.   I’m keen to forge new partnership with retailers, the food service industry, suppliers and exporters to showcase our exceptional products and promote our truly world class brands.

 

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Gordon Newlands

Brand Development Manager.

I manage the Scotch Butchers Clubs and Scotch Beef Clubs. I have regular contact with the processors in Scotland to aid the export market. I provide support to Butchers and Beef club members, identifying opportunities in retail and foodservice to grow the three brands, liasing with key stakeholders across the industry. Promotional activity of both clubs including social media and website activity.

Economics Services
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Stuart Ashworth

Chief Economist

I lead the economics team working on policy impact analysis and providing market information and other data to help businesses plan for the future. In particular we monitor developments in CAP, world trade, and climate change policies as well as looking at future supply patterns and providing enterprise information from which producers can benchmark their businesses.

 

Brands Integrity
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Kathryn Kerr

Head of Brands Integrity

My role is to lead the strategy and operational development of our Brands Integrity department. The function of the department is to provide quality assurance throughout the red meat supply chain to more than 10,000 members. 

 

 

Eilidh McCulloch

Quality Assurance Specialist

My job is to support the Head of Brands Integrity, to develop and deliver Brands Integrity projects whilst developing strong relationships with the red meat supply chain and with key stakeholders.

 

Lesley Mitchell

Quality Assurance Specialist

My role as Quality Assurance Specialist is to develop and deliver Brands Integrity projects, ensure high levels of customer service for Quality Assurance (QA) scheme members and develop strong relationships within the red meat supply chain.

Market Intelligence & External Affairs
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Sarah Millar

Director of Market Intelligence & External Affairs

I am responsible for the development and delivery of programmes of activity to improve the quality and efficiency of the primary production of red meat and its supply chain in Scotland.

 

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Graeme Sharp

Market Development Analysis
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Iain Macdonald

Senior Economics Analyst

It is my job to ensure that the market prices and graphs on the QMS website are maintained. I also update our price and supply datasets and use this information to write market reports on a weekly and monthly basis. In addition, I support other members of the QMS team and external stakeholders with market information and analysis.  Each year I produce the Red Meat Industry Profile.