Scotland Food & Drink appoints pioneering businesswomen duo to board

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of gluten-free-focused Genius Foods. Picture: contributed.
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of gluten-free-focused Genius Foods. Picture: contributed.
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Two pioneering businesswoman have been appointed to the board of industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of gluten-free-focused Genius Foods, and Alison Milne, a partner at family farming business A Milne & Son, will help steer the direction of the organisation and shape its ongoing partnership with the Scottish Government.

Alison Milne is a partner at family farming business A Milne & Son. Picture: Kelly McIntyre.

Alison Milne is a partner at family farming business A Milne & Son. Picture: Kelly McIntyre.

They join next month and fill vacancies created by the retirement of farmers Gareth Baird and Geoff Bruce earlier this year.

The organisation said Bruce-Gardyne has grown Genius Foods to become the UK’s leading gluten-free bakery brand. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017 where she sits on the enterprise fellowship panel. She also holds a directorship at The Scale Up Institute and as Royal Society entrepreneur in residence at the University of Edinburgh.

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Milne brings experience in the agriculture and wider food and drink supply chain. A Milne & Son has recently launched Crafty Maltsters, producing malt to sell to the brewing and distilling sector.

In 2017, Milne was appointed co-chair of the National Council of Rural Advisors, commissioned by Scottish Government to provide recommendations on how to secure a vibrant, sustainable and profitable rural economy. She is also currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Future of Food and Farming Group and a member of the Brewing Industry Leadership Group.

The Scotland Food & Drink Board is chaired by Dennis Overton, co-founder of sustainable seafood business Aquascot. He said the new arrivals “will be central to our work to deliver further growth and collaboration in our food and drink sector”.