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QMS Team

Chief Executive's Office
 

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.

 

Corporate Services
 

Debbie Phillips

Head of Corporate Services

 

Direct phone number: 0131 510 7923

 

Kirsty McCormack

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.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 7920

 

Ashley Little

Office Assistant
Marketing & Comms
 

Carol McLaren

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.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8043

 

Maggie Bennett

Communications Specialist

My role focuses on the effective communication of QMS Industry Development activities and messages to improve the efficiency of farmers and others working in the Scottish red meat industry. I am responsible for producing QMS's quarterly 'Livestock +' magazine, as well as a range of Industry Development events and publications, online content, videos and awards.

Direct Dial: 0131 510 8045

 

Graeme Sharp

Marketing Executive

My role involves providing support with the UK marketing activity undertaken behind the three brands – Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork.I also manage the Scotch Butchers Club – including awards and competitions, promotions and campaigns and social media activity and take a key role in public sector food procurement liaison.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 7927

 

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.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 7929

 

Mairi Sutherland

Health and Education Executive

My role in QMS is to provide up-to-date information on current health topics regarding the consumption of red meat. Part of my job is also educating children and young people about the role of nutrition in health and the importance of including red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 7928

 

Claire Higgs

Communications and PR Manager

My role involves working on all aspects of corporate and consumer communications, including media, websites and social media. I lead on the PR activity behind the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands. I draft press releases, features and other content for the media and organise photography and videography in support of our consumer-facing PR activity.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8042

 

Ciara El-Mansi

PR & Marketing Executive

I am responsible for all food service activity taking place within QMS. I also manage the everyday running of the Scotch Beef Club, promoting beef club membership throughout Scotland and the UK. My role also includes supporting on PR and marketing activities, including consumer-facing events.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8041

 

Kirsty Fox

Marketing Manager

I am responsible for leading the GB marketing activity behind the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands. Direct phone number: 0131 510 7926

Industry Development
 

Douglas Bell

Director 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.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8046

 

Emily Grant

Knowledge Transfer Specialist

I help deliver a range of activities aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of livestock farmers in Scotland.

Direct phone number: 07843 281 129

 

Heather McCalman

Knowledge Transfer Specialist

I help deliver a range of activities aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of livestock farmers in Scotland.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8047

 

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. 

Direct phone number: 07879 272 501

Economics Services
 

Stuart Ashworth

Director of Economic Services

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.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8056

 

Iain Macdonald

Senior Economics Analyst

Each week I collate industry data on prices and supply for the agricultural media. It is my job to update the market prices and graphs on the website and provide other members of the QMS team with the data they need for presentations and meetings. I also analyse the global economic conditions which have an influence on the operating environment of the Scottish red meat sector.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8104

Brands Integrity
 

Suzanne Woodman

Director of Brands Integrity

I am responsible for contract management and operation of the six QMS assurance schemes in our whole chain assurance programme and for leading the schemes’ strategic development. My role also involves developing the brands licensing scheme and monitoring and protecting brands integrity.

Direct phone number: 0131 510 8051

 

Jackie Burgess

Brands Integrity Advisor

My role is to provide an expert advisory and liaison service to members of the six QMS assurance schemes, as well as attending agricultural events to promote scheme membership and holding advisory clinics at appropriate venues to raise awareness and understanding of the schemes.

My direct dial is:  0131 510 8052

Strategic Engagement
 

Emily Symonds

Project Officer