Food Standards Scotland appoints new Strategy Director

Julie Hesketh-Laird
Julie Hesketh-Laird joins the regulator from November. (Image Supplied)

FOOD Standards Scotland (FSS)has appointed a high-profile industry figure as its Strategy Director.

Former Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Chief Executive, Julie Hesketh-Laird, will taken on the new role on a two-year fixed term appointment from 3 November.

The organisation is charged with leading Scotland’s food safety and standards and Ms Hesketh-Laird’s responsibilities will include finalising its new strategy to 2026.

She will also see through the FFS preparations for Brexit, as well as deliver regulatory strategy, nutrition and digital programmes.

Geoff Ogle, FSS Chief Executive Officer, said:“We’re absolutely delighted that Julie is joining us at a time of immense change and challenge.

“She brings a wealth of trade body experience and a different and valuable perspective as we adapt to new trading requirements, and the subsequent regulatory assurance required for any trade deals.

“Her experience of working in the food and drink sector will be invaluable in supporting the development of our regulatory strategy and bolstering our senior team through her previous roles.”

Julie Hesketh-Laird added: “I am excited to be joining the FSS – a well-respected regulator. Never have the challenges of maintaining food standards been in sharper focus.

“I am looking forward to using my experience of the sector to help FSS continue to develop effective policies for a successful food and drink industry and ensure consumer protection.”

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