James Withers is Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink.
Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) was set up in 2007 to grow the value and reputation of Scotland's food and drink industry. Through its uniquely collaborative approach, Scotland's food and drink sector has gone from a static position in 2007 to now being one of Scotland’s best performing sectors with an annual turnover of £14 billion.
As a membership organisation with over 400 member companies, it provides support and guidance to food and drink businesses all of all sizes to achieve their growth ambitions.
In March 2017, SF&D led the development of Ambition 2030 - a strategy to drive the responsible growth in the value of the sector to £30bn by 2030. Evidence of SF&D's ability to bridge between the public and private sectors was the announcement of a joint funding package where SF&D's private sector income is being trebled with government funds to create a £10m package to fund industry development work.
Prior to joining the SF&D in 2011, James was CEO of the National Farmers Union Scotland where he promoted the interests of the nation's agricultural industry.
James sits on the Scottish Government Board of Trade and is a Board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, working to enhance Scotland’s world class tourism offer.