Our Organisation

SFDF is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). It consists of a team of permanent officials, an Executive Committee made up of senior industry representatives, a Members' Forum and a Suppliers' Forum.

Executive Committee

SFDF has elected officers who work together to advise and support SFDF on a broad range of issues and activities, at both a strategic and tactical level.

The committee consists of the SFDF Chair, two Vice-Chairs and representatives of full members. They are elected by the wider membership.

  • Chair of SFDF: Archie Gibson, Agrico UK Ltd.


    Archie Gibson, Vice-Chairman of SFDF Archie is SFDF's Chair and has been an active member of the SFDF for many years. He is the Managing Director of Agrico UK Ltd, a subsidiary of a Dutch farmers cooperative with 800 members. The company is a leading breeder and merchant of seed potatoes supplying more than 80 countries worldwide. Archie gained experience in a variety of land agent roles before joining the food industry in 1999. He represented Scottish supply chain interests in a far reaching review on food security and resilience led by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and British Standards Institute (BSI), resulting in the publication of PAS 96 Defending Food & Drink.

  • Vice Chair of SFDF: Gary Stephenson, Devro plc.


    Gary StephensonGary is the Vice Chair of SFDF and Global Regulatory and Quality Affairs at Devro plc, a Scottish based global food casing company exporting to over 100 countries. His background is in parasitology, toxicology, chemical regulation, hygiene and nutrition providing a scientific and technical approach to regulation. He has over 20 years' experience in food regulation, initially with Procter and Gamble on fats and oils, snacks, soft drinks, juices, coffee, nuts and cake mixes for professional and consumer markets.

  • SFDF Executive Member: James Macsween, Macsween of Edinburgh


    James MacsweenAlongside his sister Jo, James runs the award-winning family business Macsween of Edinburgh, together they have expanded the market for haggis and black pudding through on-going product and management innovation, building on the work of their father and remaining true to their family values. James has worked in every department from van driver to pie marker and shop assistant to haggis maker; starting fulltime in production in 1992. He is passionate about taking haggis to a new place in an environmentally and ethically sustainable manner.

  • SFDF Executive Member: Tony Dumbreck, Innovate Foods


    SFDF Executive Member: Tony Dumbreck, Innovate FoodsTony grew up in a three generation family mushroom growing business. He was a founding partner in Golden Crumb Produce Ltd in Feb 1989, and took over the company on 3rd Jan 1991. The company now called Innovate Foods, one of the leading players in the UK, supplying coated starters into the major Foodservice operators in UK, Germany and other European countries.

  • SFDF Executive Member: Rachel Wicklow, Scobie & Junor


    SFDF Executive Member: Rachel Wicklow, Scobie & JunorScobie & Junor specialise in supplying the food industry with ingredients, packaging and machinery. Rachel launched Scobie & Junor's brand Secret Sausages, Vegetables in Disguise to trade March/April 2013, this is an example of how the company continues to innovate and diversify to develop the brand. Rachel has a marketing background, where she has held various roles for Gillette and Beam Global Spirits & Wines.

  • SFDF Executive Member: Jim Fox, Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd.


    Jim Fox, Coca-Cola EnterprisesJim has worked in the Coca-Cola system in Great Britain for 27 years. He started his career at CCE managing and planning within the Supply Chain then moved to Sales and Marketing and was responsible for several of Coca-Cola's most important large national accounts. In his current role since 2005, he represents Coca-Cola Enterprises in Government and Public Affairs working closely with elected representatives in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

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Members' Forum

SFDF positions are developed and agreed following industry-wide consultation. Therefore, the purpose of the Members' Forum is to ensure members:

  • are given the opportunity to have direct input to discussions on key issues affecting the industry
  • are briefed on developments affecting how they conduct their business
  • receive topical presentations from keynote speakers.

Given that SFDF is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), it enables industry members in Scotland to have direct input to the development, formulation and promotion of industry policy not only in Scotland but in the wider UK and EU contexts too. It also assists in promoting a consistent industry approach to legislation. See: How FDF works.

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Suppliers' Forum

The Suppliers' Forum creates opportunities to gain a unique business insight into the retail, foodservice and wholesale markets. It is also aimed at:

  • building a platform from which to raise the industry's profile with the retail, food service and wholesale sectors
  • creating an opportunity for constructive dialogue between suppliers and their customers in the retail, food service and wholesale sectors
  • providing companies with a commercial opportunity to potentially develop business with senior trading directors.

SFDF Director, Dr Colette Backwell, chairs the SFDF Suppliers' Forum.

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