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13 December 2017

FDF Scotland appoints new Chair

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Today, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland will appoint a new Chair for their Scottish Board. Dr Gary Stephenson, Director for Global External & Regulatory Affairs at Devro (Scotland), will take the reins from previous Chair Archie Gibson at FDF Scotland's Board meeting in Edinburgh.

Gary has 30 years' technical, nutrition and regulatory experience in the food industry across a wide range of food categories from a large multinational to smaller businesses. He currently provides that expertise to Devro - a supplier of collagen casings used by the global food industry in the production of a wide variety of meat products.

Gary Stephenson, Director - Global External & Regulatory Affairs, at Devro (Scotland) said:

“Keeping track of and influencing the changing Scottish, UK and global food regulations are critical to protecting and growing our business, especially as the UK plans to leave the EU. As a member of FDF we can tap into the wide expertise of FDF staff and its members to better understand legislative change and more effectively influence policy to help to deliver better, less costly regulation. I look forward to taking on this leadership role as FDF Scotland's Chair and continuing to help ensure policy that impacts on food and drink is proportionate and evidence based."

David Thomson, CEO of FDF Scotland, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Gary as our new Chair. He has been an invaluable resource to FDF for many years – providing scientific and technical knowledge which has helped shape and influence policy. During changing political times this expertise is even more important.”

Note to Editors

  1. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. FDF Scotland is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.
  3. Devro (Scotland) is a supplier of collagen casings used by the food industry in the production of a wide variety of meat products.

More information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at: kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk, or 0131 222 8040.

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