QMS appoints new head of industry development

QMS appoints new head of industry development

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Johnny Mackey as its new head of industry development.

Johnny Mackey, new head of industry development at QMS.

Johnny Mackey, new head of industry development at QMS.

Mackey (37), who takes over the reins from Andy McGowan, is currently breed secretary for the Luing Cattle Society based at Wester Drumlochy, near Blairgowrie.

He has also served on the QMS board since April 2011. He will step down from this role prior to taking up his position as a member of QMS staff at the start of January 2014.

Uel Morton, QMS chief executive, said the announcement of Mr Mackey’s appointment followed a rigorous recruitment process which generated a high standard of applications.

“Johnny brings a wealth of experience, as well as core skills, to the role and we look forward to him joining our staff team in the new year,” said Morton.

“QMS recently announced plans to sharply focus our industry development activities and budget on grassroots activities aimed at improving the efficiency, sustainability and confidence of the Scottish red meat industry.

“Feedback from our levy payers and other key players in the Scottish red meat industry about this decision has been very positive and we welcome this support and recognition that the uptake of proven solutions by producers is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our industry.”

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