QMS welcomes announcement of new board member

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has welcomed the announcement of Prof. Charles Milne as its new board member.

Prof. Milne will take up the role on April 1, 2019, joining three recently-announced board members including Gordon Wallace, who also joins the same day, and Andy McGowan and Ann Irvine, who took up their posts in October 2018.


After studying at the Royal Veterinary College, London, Prof. Milne worked for two years in mixed practice in the East of Scotland.

He then moved to the State Veterinary Service in Perth where he gained extensive experience in disease management including BSE, Foot and Mouth, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue.

In 2003, Prof. Milne was appointed the chief veterinary officer for Scotland where he was responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare issues.

In 2009, he was appointed as director of the Food Standards Agency Scotland where he remained until July 2014 when he was appointed as the chief veterinary officer in Victoria, Australia.

Kate Rowell, QMS chairman, welcomed the appointments and extended sincere thanks to John Scott and Ronnie Eunson, who are both stepping down from their QMS board roles.

“A great many talented and knowledgeable people applied for our board positions and I welcome the announcement of the appointment of Professor Charles Milne,” said Rowell.

“We look forward to welcoming Charles and Gordon to the board this spring and I am confident they will bring with them valuable fresh ideas as well as experience.”

Professor Milne’s appointment is for four years. Members of the QMS Board receive a fee of £180 per day for a time commitment of 20 days a year.