|1 December 2015|

The multi-billion pound Scottish food and drink sector has received an early Christmas present after Rachel Athey was appointed to a pioneering organisation representing the industry.

Rachel has joined Scotland Food & Drink as membership and commercial director following a decade at Marie Curie where she helped deliver nearly £30 million through events and campaigns.

Scotland Food & Drink chief executive James Withers said: “Rachel is a great addition to our growing team.  As an industry body, delivering for our membership is absolutely critical. With around 360 businesses of all shapes and sizes that make up our membership, we need to constantly develop our support for them.

“Bringing a wealth of experience with her, Rachel will strengthen our work as an organisation, building on our existing support and leadership for the industry as well as identifying opportunities to develop new services and partnerships. Scotland Food & Drink has come a long way in a short time since our creation in 2007 and Rachel will play a key role as we embark on an exciting new chapter in our evolution.”

Rachel added: “With a value of £14 billion annually and growing, food and drink is central to Scotland’s economic success. Scotland Food & Drink has not only become a pioneering partnership between the public and private sector, but has developed a strong membership base to underpin its work. Working with partners, it supports the growth ambitions of food and drink businesses big and small and across the four corners of the country. This role presents a great opportunity to further develop both what the organisation offers its members and how we work with commercial partners to deliver on the industry’s growth ambitions.”