Food Standards Scotland announce first board members

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.”

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