MARION MacCormick, Andy McGowan and Andrew Ley have been appointed to the board of industry leadership body, Scotland Food & Drink.
The appointments bolster the board’s retail, legal, and red meat expertise and come as the food and drink industry faces major challenges ahead with the recovery from Coronavirus and the challenges posed by Brexit.
After spending 19 years with Aldi and as a director with the senior management team in Scotland, Marion MacCormick now co-owns Glasgow-based Aldomak and maintains other leadership positions across the Scottish food and drink industry. She chairs the Pork Industry Leadership Group and is working with the Scottish Government on the development of its new Food & Farming Policy.
Marion also has seats on the Standards Committee for the Soil Association, Food For Life panel for Scottish Schools, and the board of the Royal Highland Education Trust.
Andy McGowan brings over 25 years’ experience in the meat and livestock sector to the board and is currently the managing director of Scottish Pig Producers, the cooperative that markets pigs for 76 family farms in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He is also on the Board of several other industry support organisations including SAOS, QMS and the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers.
Andrew Ley is a Partner at law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP, with more than 20 years’ experience in advising food and drink businesses on legal matters. He is a leading member of the firm’s food and drink and pubs, bars and restaurants teams as well as its corporate finance and M&A teams.
Away from his day job, Andrew is a Scottish Beer Awards judge and a member of Scotland Food and Drink’s Brewing Industry Leadership Group. He’s also chairman of Edinburgh Headway Group, a charity supporting people with acquired brain injuries.
The new members on Scotland Food & Drink’s board will help steer overarching strategy for the £15 billion sector.
Dennis Overton, chairman of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Marion, Andy and Andrew to our board. Their experience in their respective fields and considerable expertise in industry leadership will be invaluable to the board’s work towards the continued success of the sector.
“Like all industries, Scotland’s food and drink sector has been hard hit by Coronavirus and as we look to bounce back stronger than ever, the experience and leadership of our new board members will be crucial to put in place the strategies for success.”