Appointment of Members to the Board of Quality Meat Scotland

G Aitchison

Appointment of Members to the Board of Quality Meat Scotland (x3)

Scottish Ministers are looking to make three appointments of Members to the Board of Quality Meat Scotland.

 Scottish Ministers value highly the benefits of having people with different experience and points of view on Boards and they are keen that people from all walks of life apply for public appointments. Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, people from ethnic minority communities and people aged under 50.

 Information about Quality Meat Scotland

 Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) mission is to deliver a range of activities to support the development of a sustainable, professional, profitable and resilient Scottish red meat industry.  QMS will promote and protect the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specifically Selected pork brands through clear, effective communication to ensure consumers fully understand what sets our brands apart – the Scotch Difference.

Its vision is to be recognised as the leadership organisation for the Scottish red meat sector by the industry and Government. To achieve supply chain profitability, QMS works collaboratively with farmers, processors, auction marts, livestock hauliers, feed merchants, food service providers, butchers, retailers, research institutes and learning providers to build supply chain efficiency, brand integrity and consumer confidence.

Skills/Experience Required


 The details of the particular requirements of the role can be found in the Applicant Information Pack (link below).

Remuneration and allowances

 Members of the Board receive £187.36 per day.  Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.

Length of appointment

 The term of appointments will be for four years.  Three new Members will be appointed from April  2023. There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and having regard to the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience required by the Board at the time.  Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.

Time Commitment

 The Board meets six to eight times each year with Members of the Board committed to 20 days per year.  By the nature of a non-executive member role, the time commitment will vary from week to week.  It involves a mix of activities including preparing for and attending Board meetings and undertaking other duties and responsibilities such as engaging with stakeholders and occasionally attending events.

To Apply: In order for your application to be considered you must complete a two stage process.  For stage one, please follow the link .  For stage two, please download and complete the Application Form - Quality Meat Scotland - Members - Application Form

 Please return your completed form to by 5.00 pm on Friday, 27 January 2023.

 For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack - Quality Meat Scotland - Members - Applicant Pack

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please contact by telephone on 0300 244 1898 or email

 Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please Telephone 0300 244 1898 or

 Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Please see the applicants’ pack for further information.

   Further information about the online application process is attached Public Appointments - Frequently Asked Questions.  General information about public appointments and guidance to help you improve your applications is attached