Alan Clarke appointed as new QMS chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

Clarke, who is currently chief executive of Scottish Bakers, will take over the reins from ’Uel Morton who will step down in July 2017 after 11 years in the role.

Clarke took up his position with Scottish Bakers six years ago and highlights during his tenure have included the establishment of the first Scottish Bakers Export Group and increasing overall membership by 22%.

His career has also included five years’ experience as director of Lifelong Learning UK and ten years as chief executive of a Sector Training Council in Northern Ireland.

His academic career includes an MBA and post-graduate diplomas in management studies and personnel management.

Jim McLaren, Chairman of QMS, said the appointment followed a robust recruitment process.

“We look forward to welcoming Alan on board this summer. He brings with him a wealth of experience, in both the private and public sectors, and a strong skillset including governance, finance, project management, people management and IT skills,” said McLaren.

“His background also includes a strong commercial focus and a valuable track record of building lasting professional business relationships at senior level with funders including Government agencies, customers and other key stakeholders.”

McLaren also extended sincere thanks to ‘Uel Morton for his huge contribution over the past decade to the development of QMS, saying he will leave the organisation in a very strong position to move forward.

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