The Good Food Nation, Scottish Food Commission members were announced February 15, 2015.
The Food Commission will develop its own work programme based on the priorities outlined in the Becoming a Good Food Nation discussion document and the subsequent consultation analysis report (published February 13, 2015).
The Food Commission will:
Provide (evidence based) advice on those measures which, taken together, will contribute the most to making Scotland a Good Food Nation, addressing the existing, and potential future, challenges facing Scotland’s food culture.
Advocate the importance of good food to Scotland’s health and wellbeing, environment and quality of life.
The group will establish a mechanism for the Commission to foster local activity.
It will report formally to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and, through him, to Cabinet.
The Food Commission will meet on a quarterly basis, will operate for a term of 2-3 years and its role will be advisory not executive.
Members of the Commission will participate in the group as individuals rather than as representatives of their parent organisations. This approach is to ensure that individual members are free to have open and frank discussion without being constrained by their organisation’s own policies and positions.
The Chair and Members of Commission have been selected due to:
Their knowledge and insight of their field;
Being strategic thinkers;
Being leaders in their field;
Their ability to communicate and implement change; and
Their ability to access essential ‘networks’ of people within their field.
In selecting the Chair and the members of the Food Commission it was important that members brought background knowledge of a wide spectrum of sectors and knowledge. We spoke to a number of stakeholders and Scottish Government colleagues to identify appropriate individuals to fulfil the remit of the group. Finally, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead reviewed and approved the suggested group membership.
The latest information on the Food Commission (as well as recent minutes) is available on the beta.gov.scot website.