In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the current food tourism board, charged with delivery of the national action plan, has been re-configured as a food tourism recovery group.
This small, tightly-focused group will enable the food tourism community (spanning both food & drink and tourism sectors) across Scotland to respond in a co-ordinated manner to the problems resulting from the COVID-19.
It consists of representatives across the sectors and regions, and with expertise in areas from hospitality to food production and destination management.
The group is tasked with re-shaping the current plan to focus on taking actions most relevant to supporting food tourism businesses in line with the Respond, Reset, Restart and Recovery phases.
The plans will interface with, and complement, the national food & drink and tourism strategies, in close partnership with government. Budgets will be re-purposed as appropriate.
The group may need additional representation, on an ad-hoc or permanent basis, to provide expertise in specific, specialist areas.
It will be a short-life group and meet for a term of 6-12 months with an opportunity to review thereafter.
The group will be jointly chaired by Marc Crothall, chief executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance, and Lucy Husband, UK market development director, Scotland Food & Drink and co-ordinated by Fiona Richmond, head of regional food, Scotland Food & Drink.
Its first meeting was held on 3rd June 2020.
Membership is outlined below.
- Alastair Dobson – managing director, A Taste of Arran
- Will Docker – owner/managing director, Balgove Larder
- Isabel Foy – food and drink tourism project manager, Opportunity North East*
- Denise Hill – head of engagement, VisitScotland
- Sandra Reid – hospitality & catering consultant
- Graham Suttle – managing director, Kained Holdings
- Lorna Young – co-founder & leader, Savour the Flavours food group (Dumfries & Galloway)
- Fergus Younger – project manager, SAOS
Advisory group – offering specialist guidance as required
- Willie McCurrach OBE– retired head of food, City of Glasgow College
- Gary Maclean – City of Glasgow College/national chef
- Caroline Millar- founder, Go Rural
- Colin Smith – chief executive, Scottish Wholesale Association
- Barbara Smith – GM, Johnnie Walker whisky experience
- Brenda Anderson – managing director, Tasting Scotland
Review group -original food tourism board members who will review the recovery group’s plans
- John Forteith – freelance consultant
- Alison Simpson – managing director, Red Bus Bistro
- David Trotter – divisional director, Sodexo
- Stephanie Wade – founder/director, Hub International
Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink