The SFDF team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues
David Thomson, FDFS's CEO
David is responsible for the overall strategy and management of FDFS and is part
of the senior FDF management team. He liaises with government, regulators and
other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food
drink manufacturers. FDFS works in partnership with related bodies to help
contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food &
David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head
of Food, Drink and Rural Communities and two as Head of Primary Care.
David was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and lives in Edinburgh with
Inge Armstrong, PA to FDFS's CEO and Administrator
Inge is the PA to David Thomson, FDFS's CEO, providing effective diary
management. She also provides administrative support to the SFDF office,
assisting with events and meetings and updating and maintaining SFDF's member
Inge has gained extensive experience in PA and administration roles with
organisations including Asthma UK, Clearwater International Corporate Finance
Affordable Art Fair.
Cat Hay, Policy and Industry Liaison Manager
Cat's role is to represent and promote the common interests of FDFS though
dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to
and act upon issues of concern to members. She liaises with the FDF teams in
London to ensure that they are briefed on Scottish policy issues and works
collaboratively on areas of joint interest.
Cat co-chairs the Food and Drink Industry Advisory Group on Resource Efficiency and the Common Interest Group on Reformulation on behalf of FDFS.
Over the past 10 years, she has worked across the private, public and third
sectors, gaining a broad range of experience within the food and drink and
sustainability sectors including working as a wine buyer for Whole Foods Market
Programme Manager for Zero Waste Scotland.
Kirsty Ritchie, Communications Executive
Kirsty's is responsible for developing FDFS' communications strategy. As part
of this role she coordinates and develops appropriate communications activity
event management, to showcase the achievements of FDFS and inform and engage
members on industry issues.
Kirsty writes communications for members, is responsible for the coordination of
events, producing publications and the website. She also writes press releases
and other news articles and is the first point of contact for the Scottish
She sits on the Scotland Food & Drink Communications group.
Kirsty has a retail business background and gained communications experience
whilst working for Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.
Mary Lawton, Secretary for the Cross Party Group on Food
Mary set up the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat. The Group acts as
a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland. Mary was
previously FDFS's Policy and Industry Liaison Manager.
Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in
London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at
Consumer Focus Scotland.
If you have any queries regarding the CPG on Food, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for SFDF Schools Programme.
Moira is the National Co-ordinator for FDFS' Schools Programme, which is supported by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland,
and Education Scotland.
Whilst the food and drink industry in Scotland is classed as a priority
industry, it continues to experience skills gaps and labour shortages. A Future
facilitates industry and education partnerships to help to deliver the
curriculum, using food as the context, and in doing so demonstrating the
relevance of the skills and subjects learned in schools to the industry. It
children make the connection between the food on their plates, what they are
learning in school and employment and rewarding careers in our dynamic
Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners
from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to
and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.
Prior to joining FDFS, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink
team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge.
also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.
Last reviewed: 02 Jun 2016