At its first ever virtual AGM on 20th May 2020, Scottish Bakers, the association that has for nearly 125 years supported and protected the interests of Scotland's bakery trade has confirmed that incoming President Linda Hill from Murrays Bakers of Perth will be joined by Vice President Elect, Ian McGhee, of Glasgow-based McGhee’s Bakery to shape the future direction of the organisation at this crucial time.
Outgoing President Ronnie Miles of Bells Food Group said, "To be president of such an esteemed association has been a great honour and it has been a wonderful two years in post. Although I would have by now handed over the chain of office to Linda, we find ourselves in truly exceptional circumstances. Therefore, I will continue to serve as President until such time we can give Linda the inauguration she deserves in front of her peers in the industry, however she will be taking a more active role in some of the presidential duties. Linda has been a great support to me and knowing that Ian McGhee will in turn be supporting Linda when the time comes in is encouraging for the future of the association.”
Ian McGhee has served on the board of Scottish Bakers for 12 years. After studying Food Technology at the Glasgow College of Food Technology he joined the family firm McGhee’s in 1986 and became Production Director in 1990. He will follow in the footsteps of his father and brother in becoming President of Scottish Bakers.
Chief Executive Alasdair Smith said, "We are delighted that Ian has agreed to take on the role of Vice President Elect. As we, as a sector, look to our post-COVID future, we will need a strong and strategic team to help direct us and with Linda and Ian, supporting the work of all at Bakers House, I am confident we can rise to the challenges ahead."
Bakers in Scotland remain one of our unsung hero industries feeding communities with their fresh daily bread, savoury snacks and sweet treats made from quality ingredients. As well providing daily foods, they supply celebration cakes and special creations for weddings, christenings and sporting events as well as memorials. Three hundred bakery businesses embody their communities across Scotland by bringing folks from all walks together. But it's not all about freshly baked produce that makes the sector unsung high street heroes, the bakery sector delivers around £1.4 bn into the economy, a quarter of all food and drink manufacturing. The sector employs some 12,000 people in over 300 business of all sizes in communities across the country.
"So it is vital that we have strong hands on the tiller as we move forwards into unchartered waters post pandemic and I believe we have the team to do it" concludes Alasdair.
Well done Ronnie, hopefully the finish line will be in sight shortly for you. A tremendous amount of work done in the two years in the position.
Congratulations to Linda too as she will bring so much to the role too with her big personality.
Must set some kind of record by the time Ian gets the chain as not sure if Brothers have been Presidents before?
Scottish Bakers very fortunate to have such a talented top team for the next few years.