QMS appoints new chief executive

QMS appoints new chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Sarah Millar as its new chief executive.

Sarah Millar has been appointed chief executive of QMS.

Millar is currently director of market intelligence and external affairs at QMS. She has been appointed to the role of chief executive designate with immediate effect and will take over as chief executive from Alan Clarke, who will step down in April 2022 after five years in the role.

In 2018, Millar joined QMS as director of industry development before taking on her current role in 2021. Prior to joining QMS, she worked for Soil Association Scotland delivering a knowledge transfer programme. Millar has also been involved in an advisory capacity to the Scottish government on the development of post-Brexit rural policy as a member of the National Council of Rural Advisors, and as a member of the Food and Farming Advisory Group and the Suckler Beef Climate Scheme Implementation board.

A bright future

Kate Rowell, chair of QMS, said the appointment followed a robust recruitment process. She said: “We look forward to Sarah stepping up into the top role at QMS. She brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience of the Scottish farming industry and has a good understanding of working at Director level within a Non-Departmental Public Body.”

Rowell also paid tribute to Alan Clarke for his contribution over the past five years: “Alan will leave the organisation in a strong position to move forward and on behalf of the Board of QMS we wish him well in his journey to semi-retirement.”

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