Former NFU chief commits to give British potato industry a voice


21 September 2023
GB Potatoes appoints Scott Walker as its new CEO.

FORMER Chief Executive of NFU Scotland, Scott Walker, has been appointed as the new part-time CEO for GB Potatoes.

Scott worked for NFU Scotland for 25 years and brings a wealth of experience with him, which the organisation hopes will help to support its future growth and enable it to better support British potato growers and suppliers.

Scott will begin his new role with GB Potatoes on Monday, October 2nd.

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His part-time role with GB Potatoes compliments with Scott’s other work with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers where, also on a part-time basis, he leads engagement with government bodies, the supply chain, food business leaders and the operations of the association.

Scott Said: “I am delighted to be joining GB Potatoes. It has achieved a lot in its first year and I am eager to use my experience to build on what has already been accomplished. It is important that the potato industry has its own strong clear voice and I look forward to making the industry's voice heard. 
“Collaboration is key. The objective for GB Potatoes is simple: We are here to ensure a viable future for GB potato production. GB Potatoes is a platform for the supply chain to collaborate to tackle the long list of issues facing the industry and to be a respected voice to talk to government bodies and work with them to address emerging challenges and realise opportunities.
“For anyone who has been sitting on the fence about joining GB Potatoes, I urge them to get on board.”

Mark Taylor GBP Chair added: “As we move into our second year of operation securing such a strong candidate as Scott will significantly move on our agenda and build on work already underway. We are delighted to have Scott on board and look forward to developing the remit, impacts and outputs from GB Potatoes.  With a strong base in place, we see a very exciting 2024 ahead”. 

GB Potatoes Organisation ltd is incorporated as a business limited by guarantee and not for profit, funded by voluntary membership with an annual subscription. 

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