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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has named Heather Kelman as its new Chair.

Kelman is taking over from Ross Finnie and has been a member of the organisation’s board since its creation in 2015.

Her public sector experience includes serving ten years as a dietitian, and most recently as a strategic planner and senior manager within the NHS.

She joins as FSS focuses on improving the country’s eating habits while safely navigating the EU exit, Covid recovery, climate change, and now the supply chain disruptions as a consequence of the conflict in Ukraine, which are creating turbulence within the food system.

Kelman said: “I’m honoured to steer Food Standards Scotland through the next five years, and I will work hard to create a healthier national diet and meet the organisation’s targets.

“I look forward to working closely with stakeholders right across agriculture and the food industry and retail to create quality, healthy, sustainable food for Scotland, and address challenges.”

FSS Chief Executive Geoff Ogle added: “Heather brings a wealth of experience, and we look forward to working with her to deliver on our strategic priorities.

“The last few years have presented us with a number of challenges, all of which have highlighted the importance of looking after our health and good nutrition.”