QMS chief executive to step down

QMS chief executive to step down

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Alan Clarke has announced that he will be stepping down from his position after five years as chief executive of the levy body.

Alan Clarke (2)
Alan Clarke, current chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland.

According to QMS, following the Board’s recent approval of a new 10-year strategy and business plan, Clarke felt that ‘it is a good time for a new leader to guide the next phase of QMS’ development.’

During his tenure, Clarke has overseen increased industry research and development, the Brexit transition, coronavirus pandemic and an overhaul of the marketing strategy of the ‘Scotch’ brands.

Clarke will support the recruitment of a new chief executive and participate in supporting a hand-over period to ensure “a smooth transition” for QMS staff and the industry.

“It’s been a privilege”

Commenting on the announcement, Clarke said: “It’s been a privilege to lead QMS and the dedicated staff who, in everything they do, strive to protect, promote, support and develop Scotland’s red meat industry.

“From Shetland to the Scottish Borders, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting inspirational farmers who take pride in producing sustainable, nutritious Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork to the highest standards in the world.”

He continued: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the colleagues, stakeholders and board members who have supported me in my role, and also the farmers across the country who have always welcomed me into their homes with such kind hospitality.”

Kate Rowell, QMS chair, said that under Clarke’s leadership QMS is in “a strong position to move forward” in building both domestic and international market opportunities. She added that Clarke has always had Scotland’s meat industry “at the heart of every decision that he has made.”

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