FDF Scotland Staff

The FDF Scotland team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues and activities.

David Thomson, FDF Scotland's CEO

David ThomsonDavid is responsible for the overall strategy and management of FDF Scotland and is part of the senior FDF management team. He liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers. FDF Scotland works in partnership with related bodies to help contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food & Drink's Executive Group.

David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head of Food, Drink and Rural Communities and two as Head of Primary Care.

David was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and lives in Edinburgh with his family.

Inge Armstrong, PA to FDF Scotland's CEO and Administrator

Inge ArmstrongInge provides diary management for FDF Scotland's CEO David Thomson. She also provides administrative support to the FDF Scotland office, including assisting with events and meetings and updating and maintaining the member and stakeholder database.

Inge has gained extensive experience in PA and administration roles with organisations including Asthma UK, Clearwater International Corporate Finance and the Affordable Art Fair.

Cat Hay, Policy Manager

Cat HayCat's role is to represent and promote the common interests of FDF Scotland though dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to identify and act upon issues of concern to members. She liaises with the FDF teams in London to ensure that they are briefed on Scottish policy issues and works collaboratively on areas of joint interest.

Over the past 10 years, she has worked across the private, public and third sectors, gaining a broad range of experience within the food and drink and sustainability sectors including working as a wine buyer for Whole Foods Market and Programme Manager for Zero Waste Scotland.

Kirsty Ritchie, Communications Executive

Kirsty RichieKirsty is responsible for FDF Scotland's communications strategy, as part of this role she manages all communications activity for FDF Scotland. This includes event management, public relations, web and social media and writing FDF Scotland's communications. Kirsty is the first point of contact for the Scottish media and can be contacted on kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk.

Kirsty has a retail business background and gained communications experience whilst working for Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager

Moira StalkerMoira manages FDF Scotland's skills initiative – A Future in Food - which is funded by Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink.

A Future in Food helps educators, students, careers influencers and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland. We highlight the wide variety of careers on offer, the skills required by employers, how the subjects studied in school relate to the real world of work, and the progression routes and pathways to access them.

Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to develop and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.

Prior to joining FDF Scotland, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge. Moira also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.

Mary Lawton, Secretary for the Cross Party Group on Food

Mary LawtonMary set up the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat. The Group acts as a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland. Mary was previously FDF Scotland's Policy and Industry Liaison Manager.

Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at Consumer Focus Scotland.

If you have any queries regarding the CPG on Food, please contact Mary at cpgf@fdfscotland.org.uk.

Joanne Burns, Reformulation Project Manager

Joanne BurnsJoanne's role is to work with food businesses across Scotland from processors and manufacturers to hospitality, retail and food service to help make their products healthier.

This is a new post funded by Scottish Government.

Joanne has a wealth of experience relating to reformulation and has previously worked in the catering industry and most recently with NHS Health Scotland on their Healthy Living Award programme.

Last reviewed: 02 Apr 2019