FDF Scotland Staff

The FDF Scotland team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues and activities.

David Thomson, FDF Scotland's CEO

David ThomsonDavid is responsible for the overall strategy and management of FDF Scotland 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 and drink manufacturers. FDF Scotland works in partnership with related bodies to help contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food & Drink's Executive Group.

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 his family.

Inge Armstrong, PA to FDF Scotland's CEO and Administrator

Inge ArmstrongInge is the PA to David Thomson, FDF Scotland's CEO, providing effective diary management. She also provides administrative support to the FDF Scotland office, including assisting with events and meetings and updating and maintaining the member and stakeholder database.

Inge has gained extensive experience in PA and administration roles with organisations including Asthma UK, Clearwater International Corporate Finance and the Affordable Art Fair.

Neil Purdom, Interim Policy and Industry Liaison Manager

neilNeil is providing interim cover whilst Cat Hay is on sabbatical, representing and promoting the common interests of FDF Scotland though dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to identify and act upon issues of concern to members. He 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.

Neil has several years' experience working for central and local government in Scotland, including some time with Zero Waste Scotland and West Lothian Council.

Kirsty Ritchie, Communications Executive

Kirsty RichieKirsty's is responsible for developing FDF Scotland's communications strategy. As part of this role she coordinates and develops appropriate communications activity and event management, to showcase the achievements of FDF Scotland 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 media. 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.

Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for FDF Scotland Schools Programme.

Moira StalkerMoira is the National Co-ordinator for FDF Scotland's 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 in Food facilitates industry and education partnerships to help to deliver the curriculum, using food as the context, and in doing so demonstrating the broader relevance of the skills and subjects learned in schools to the industry. It helps school children make the connection between the food on their plates, what they are learning in school and employment and rewarding careers in our dynamic industry.

Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to develop and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.

Prior to joining FDF Scotland, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge. Moira also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.

Mary Lawton, Secretary for the Cross Party Group on Food

Mary LawtonMary 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 FDF Scotland'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 cpgf@sfdf.org.uk.

Last reviewed: 17 Aug 2017