Scottish ministers have appointed Borders farmer Kate Rowell to chair Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) from October 1st. She succeeds Jim McLaren who is stepping down after eight years in the chair.

Mrs Rowell is a veterinarian who worked in a mixed practice in the North of England before returning to help manage the family hill farming business near Peebles, rearing beef and sheep. The unit was a QMS monitor farm.

She is also honorary president of Peebles Agricultural Society and participated in the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme in 2015/16, and was selected to attend the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference as an emerging leader.

“I feel privileged to have this opportunity to play such a pivotal role in the Scottish red meat industry, says Mrs Rowell. “I am very much looking forward to getting out and about in the coming weeks and months to hear more from people working in all parts of the red meat industry.”

Jim McLaren and Kate Rowell

Mr McLaren adds: “Kate brings a wealth of experience to the role of chair, both as a farmer and a vet. Her passion for farming is shared by her enthusiasm for the wider industry and inspiring and educating people about farming and where their food comes from.”