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Scottish Bakers appoints new CEO

Scotland’s baking industry association, Scottish Bakers, announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Lesley Cameron will join the organization on September 4. She has over 20 years’ experience working within the food and drinks industry, with businesses including Kettle Produce, Macsween of Edinburgh and more recently with Baxters Food Group.

Scottish Bakers President and Director of McGhee’s Bakery, Ian McGhee, said “We are delighted to have secured Lesley to take on the role of Chief Executive at this crucial time of legislative change and ongoing cost challenges facing us both as businesses and consumers. Her blend of strategic engagement, commercial acumen and marketing savvy is exactly the skill set we need to further our agenda and support our sector as it continues to thrive.”

Cameron commented on her new role: “The bakery sector in Scotland delivers more than GBP 1 billion to the Scottish economy and employs around 12,000 people. It is my role to ensure our members are strategically represented with policymakers, industry partners including Scotland Food and Drink, Skills Development Scotland plus other key opinion formers and decision-makers.

We continue to work in an everchanging landscape with health and sustainability at the heart of consumers purchasing behavior. In addition, the global climate emergency is challenging the way the world lives and works, cost of production, food labeling and product reformulation is also driving complexity within the retail environment.  The complexity within the current skills system and its future transformation continues to challenge our members, however, an area for us to support and develop.”

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