Three new board members have been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
The new members, announced by rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing, are Ann Irvine, Andy McGowan and Gordon Wallace.
Mrs Irvine, who is a board member at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Perth College, has been farming with her husband in the north-east for the past 21 years and helping the public to better understand where their food comes from.
Mr McGowan, who served as head of industry development at QMS from 2002 until 2013, is chief executive of pig marketing co-operative Scottish Pig Producers.
Mr Wallace is a butcher with more than 30 years’ senior management experience.
He is a part-time lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and a freelance assessor and trainer, principally with Scottish Meat Training.
Mrs Irvine and Mr McGowan start their roles this month, while Mr Wallace takes up his role on April 1 2019.
Another new board member, who is yet to be announced, will also start in April.
Newly-appointed QMS chairman Kate Rowell welcomed the appointments and paid tribute to outgoing board members Alan McNaughton from McIntosh Donald in Portlethen, Easter Ross farmer John Scott, and Shetland farmer Ronnie Eunson.
She said: “It is extremely encouraging that so many talented and knowledgeable people applied for the positions and I welcome the announcement of the appointment of these three individuals.
“We look forward to welcoming Ann, Andy and Gordon and I am confident they will bring a valuable combination of skills, fresh ideas and experience to the board.
“Finally, my sincere thanks, on behalf of the whole QMS team, to departing chairman Jim McLaren for his much-valued commitment, energy and enthusiasm during his term as chairman of the board.”