Scotland Food & Drink Board Opportunities

About Scotland Food & Drink

Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) is the industry leadership organisation established in 2007 and tasked with driving responsible growth of the Scottish farming, fishing, food and drink sector.  Our vision is to build Scotland’s global reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.  Our mission is to double the value of the industry to £30 billion by 2030 in delivering the industry strategy, Ambition 2030  ensuring that Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink sector remains at the forefront of Scotland’s economy.

A not-for-profit, private sector organisation, SF&D is a membership body working with over 450 member-companies and leading trade associations and supported by the Scottish Government. We co-ordinate the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership, a unique collaborative partnership of ten industry bodies, five public sector organisations and one academic research consortium.  Collectively, we nurture, support and champion the people and products of Scotland’s food and drink industry to help deliver continued and growing success, as set out in Ambition 2030.

Scotland Food & Drink’s annual operating budget is approximately £3.5 million, comprised of membership revenue, commercial activity revenue and programme funding from the Scottish Government. Our headquarters are at Ratho Park in Edinburgh and we have approximately 30 staff working throughout Scotland.


About the Industry

 Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink sector is of vital importance to the Scottish economy and is one of Scotland’s most important sectors. The industry generates sales of approximately £15 billion, including export trade of over £6 billion.  The sector has been one of the best performing and fastest growing parts of Scotland economy over the last decade.

Food and drink business of all shapes and sizes make up the sector and they employ around 120,000 people throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. With an ever-increasing reputation for quality and provenance, more Scottish products are now available on across the UK and around the world than ever before.

But despite this success, there remains much to do in developing the strength of the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership in driving the responsible growth of the Scottish food and drink industry.


About the Board

The Scotland Food & Drink Board is drawn from a mixture of industry and public-sector organisations and its role is to approve and guide the strategy of the organisation and ensure the successful delivery of Ambition 2030. The Board is chaired by Dennis Overton OBE, co-founder of sustainable seafood business, Aquascot.

As well as providing strong Board input to the successful development of Scotland Food and Drink, importantly you will also be responsible for shaping and influencing the strategic direction of one of Scotland’s most important industries. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to our ambition of establishing Scotland’s farming, fishing and food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry.

As part of our Board succession strategy, we are very keen to hear from prospective Board members who share our passion and commitment in ensuring the successful future of this fantastic industry. 

Appointments will be made on merit, but the organisation is committed to diversity and strengthening gender equality around the Board table.


Remuneration & Time Commitment

The Board meets five times per year, with meetings normally held between 10am – 3pm, often at SF&D headquarters, Edinburgh.  Occasionally, the Board will meet for longer and at different locations across Scotland.  

In addition, there will be requests to attend other key engagements and events throughout the year, as well as participate in Board sub-committees.  

Board members are offered a day rate of £200 for each full Board meeting attended, together with appropriate expenses.


Experience and Skills

  • Ability to contribute to the work of Scotland Food & Drink Board, ensuring the organisation remains relevant to all stakeholders and provides world class leadership on behalf of the industry. You must be ambitious in your aspirations for the industry and in your desire to drive innovative ways of working between the industry and public sector in Scotland.
  • Ability to contribute effectively to strategic planning processes and to embrace the principles of corporate governance
  • Ability to challenge constructively and contribute to high quality decision-making and priority setting within a Board/team environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a range of stakeholders in Scotland and beyond.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role & responsibilities of a Company Director.
  • Broad understanding of the food and drink industry in Scotland.

If you wish to indicate interest in being considered for a Board position in future, please send an email to Claire Bisset, HR Manager at