An independent organisation set up to represent growers following the demise of AHDB Potatoes has appointed its first chief executive.
Former NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker took up the new role with GB Potatoes last month. With some 25 years of experience in the farming sector, he brings a wealth of experience to the new body.
GB Potatoes was established after growers and processors voted to abolish AHDB Potatoes – the sector based body run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
The board of GB Potatoes said it was delighted to welcome Mr Walker to the organisation and looked forward to working with him to develop the organisation’s strategic plans and day-to-day activity to benefit members and the industry at large.
The part-time role of chief executive at GB Potatoes complements Mr Walker’s other part-time work with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, where he leads on engagement with government bodies, the supply chain and business leaders..
“I am delighted to be joining GB Potatoes,” he said.
“It has achieved a lot in its first year and I am eager to use my experience to build on what has already been accomplished. It is important that the potato industry has its own strong clear voice and I look forward to making the industries voice heard.”
The objective for GB Potatoes was simple, added Mr Scott.
“We are here to ensure a viable future for GB potato production. For anyone who has been sitting on the fence about joining GB Potatoes I urge them to get on board.
The organisation was a platform for the supply chain to tackle the long list of issues facing the industry and to be a respected voice to government and address emerging challenges while realising opportunities.