12th February 2021

Quality Meat Scotland welcomes new NFU Scotland leadership team


The announcement of Martin Kennedy as President of NFU Scotland on 12 February, alongside newly elected Vice Presidents Andrew Connon and Robin Traquair, has been warmly welcomed by industry levy board Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

QMS Chair, Kate Rowell, said she was looking forward to working with the new leadership team:  “Mr Kennedy is well placed to take on the position of President. He not only brings on-farm experience, but has the political nous to create an environment where our industry can operate with confidence knowing their issues and concerns will be ably represented at the highest levels of government. “I also wish to extend a warm welcome to the two new incoming Vice Presidents Andrew Connon from North Quilquox, Aberdeenshire and Robin Traquair from Wellington Farm, Midlothian, who will bring a valuable combination of skills, fresh ideas and experience to their positions.  “We look forward to continuing our outstanding working relationship with NFU Scotland as we discuss priorities for Scotland’s red meat industry.” Ms Rowell also thanked outgoing President Andrew McCornick for his contribution and wished him well into the future. “Positions on industry bodies such as NFU Scotland require significant commitment, which invariably takes individuals away from personal pursuits. “Andrew McCornick has made an outstanding contribution to Scotland’s agricultural industry during a period of great uncertainty. Over the past four years, Andrew has been at the coal-face on issues that would determine the future of our industry and has ably represented the needs of farmers from Shetland to the Scottish Borders with integrity. “We sincerely thank Mr McCornick, as well as outgoing Vice President Charlie Adam, for their contribution and hope they both continue to use their leadership skills for the good of our industry.”

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