Quality Meat Scotland chairman awarded MBE
Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) chairman, Jim McLaren, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his “outstanding contributions to Scottish agriculture and the rural economy”.McLaren has been QMS’s chairman since 2011, after serving as president of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland from 2007 to 2011.
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.
McLaren farms in Perthshire and along with working in his various industry roles and running his farming business, he also supports the work of charities, such as the Royal Highland Education Trust.
In recent years, he led on a project to create a memorial paying tribute to the work of the Land Girls that helped feed the nation by working on farms during the Second World War.
McLaren commented: “It has been a huge privilege for me to have worked in, and for, the Scottish agricultural industry in the various roles I have undertaken to date.
“I am immensely proud of our industry and particularly of the people, the length and breadth of our country, who dedicate their lives to producing safe, nutritious food in a way which enriches Scotland’s environment.
“It is the passion, dedication and innovation of those who work in our industry which has resulted in Scotland’s larder – and brands such as Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork – earning a global reputation for quality.”