Farmer Kate Rowell named new head of Quality Meat Scotland

QMS Scotland Jim McLaren Kate Rowell
Outgoing chair Jim McLaren with his successor Kate Rowell
12/09/2018 - 07:00
Borders farmer Kate Rowell has been appointed by Scottish ministers as the new chair of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). A member of the QMS board since April 2015, she takes over on October 1st when current chair Jim McLaren steps down after eight years.

Rowell said: “I feel privileged to have this opportunity to play such a pivotal role in the Scottish red meat industry. I am very much looking forward to getting out and about in the coming weeks and months to hear more from people working in all parts of the red meat industry.”

McLaren said: “Kate brings a wealth of experience to the roll of chair, both as a farmer and a vet. Her passion for farming is shared by her enthusiasm for the wider industry and inspiring and educating people about farming and where their food comes from.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in the role of QMS chair which has given me an opportunity to see first hand the superb range of activities delivered by what is a very small team of staff at QMS.

“I have also been fortunate to have been supported by very strong board members during my period in post and I look forward to continuing to support the valuable work of QMS as a levypayer after I step down.”

Rowell is also actively involved in the work of the Royal Highland Education Trust, which encourages children to have a better understanding of farming and where their food comes from.

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