A new executive manager has been appointed at the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).
Previously the chief executive of NFU Scotland, Scott Walker will begin his new position from April 24, 2023, and is taking on the role following the sad death of previous executive manager, Martin Morgan. SAMW president, Ian Bentley, said: “Scott joins a long list of excellent executive managers who have served SAMW over the years, with Martin’s five years with the Association, in particular, marking a strong period of leadership for Scotland’s red meat industry.
“Having a person, in Scott, of such experience to now lead us forward is a boost for our members, especially following the untimely ending of Martin’s time with us. We look forward to working with our new executive manager as we seek together to keep driving our industry forward.”
Mr Walker previously spent 11 years as CEO of NFUS and has a vast knowledge of Scottish farm and farming, as well as a thorough understanding of the red meat sector’s many challenges and opportunities. He said: “Advocacy on behalf of the industry has been a major part of my career over the last decade and I look forward to fulfilling a similar role on behalf of the red meat sector.
“I’m well used to working with politicians and officials in Scotland, Westminster and on the international scene, and will be seeking to do the same for SAMW, on behalf of what is a hugely important industry for Scotland’s economy. We should all be proud of the quality of red meat produced in Scotland for sale both domestically and across many export markets. There is a strong story to be told and much progress to be made in the months and years ahead.”