Food Standards Scotland appoints new strategy director

Food Standards Scotland appoints new strategy director

Julie Hesketh-Laird has been appointed to the new role of strategy director at Food Standards Scotland.

Hesketh-Laird is the former chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation and will join FSS on a two-year fixed-term appointment from the 3rd November 2020.

Julie Hesketh-Laird has been appointed as the new strategy director for Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Her responsibilities will include finalising its new strategy to 2026, seeing through the FSS preparations for Brexit and its consequences, as well delivering regulatory strategy, nutrition and digital programmes. 

“Never have the challenges of maintaining food standards been in sharper focus.”

Geoff Ogle, FSS chief executive officer, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Julie is joining us at a time of immense change and challenge. She brings a wealth of trade body experience and a different and valuable perspective as we adapt to new trading requirements, and the subsequent regulatory assurance required for any trade deals.

“Her experience of working in the food and drink sector will be invaluable in supporting the development of our regulatory strategy and bolstering our senior team through her previous roles.”

Julie Hesketh-Laird added: “I am excited to be joining the FSS – a well-respected regulator. Never have the challenges of maintaining food standards been in sharper focus. I am looking forward to using my experience of the sector to help FSS continue to develop effective policies for a successful food and drink industry and ensure consumer protection.”

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