Former Morrisons’ executive, Louise Welsh, has been named as one of seven founder members of the board of Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the new stand-alone body which will take over from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland on April 1, 2015.
Ms Welsh has worked at a high level in the food industry for over 15 years, including five years in senior management at Morrisons. She was also the first woman to be appointed as a board member of Quality Meat Scotland.
In addition to Ms Welsh’s specialist food sector knowledge, other first-term FSS members are drawn largely from a medical and health background. The full list, announced by the Scottish Government, is George Brechin, former head of NHS Fife; Marieke Dwarshuis, former director of Consumer Focus Scotland; Heather Kelman, former NHS executive; Carrie Ruxton, freelance registered dietician; Susan Walker, deputy chair of Scottish Natural Heritage; Anne Maree Wallace, former doctor and NHS executive, and Ms Welsh.
“The board appointments will bring a wide range of expertise and backgrounds that demonstrate a commitment to protecting consumers and improving the health of the Scottish public,” said FSS director designate, Geoff Ogle.
“This puts FSS in a strong position as it establishes itself as a trusted authority that continues to provide independent, evidence based advice to consumers and ministers in Scotland.”