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Scotland’s red meat sector public body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Sarah Millar as its new Chief Executive Designate.

She takes over from Alan Clarke, who will step down in April 2022 after five years in the role.

Millar, currently Director of Market Intelligence and External Affairs at QMS, joined the body in 2018 as Director of Industry Development before taking on her current role in 2021.

Widely known in farming circles, Sarah was brought up on the family hill farm in Lanarkshire, and now lives in Angus on her husband’s family farm in Angus.

Prior to joining QMS Sarah worked for Soil Association Scotland delivering a knowledge transfer programme. Sarah has also been involved in an advisory capacity to the Scottish Government on the development of post Brexit rural policy as a member of the National Council of Rural Advisors, as a member of the Food and Farming Advisory Group and the Suckler Beef Climate Scheme Implementation board.

QMS Chair Kate Rowell said: “We look forward to Sarah stepping up into the top role at QMS. She brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience of the Scottish farming industry and has a good understanding of working at Director level within a Non-Departmental Public Body.”

She added: “Alan will leave the organisation in a strong position to move forward and on behalf of the Board of QMS we wish him well in his journey to semi-retirement.”