Corporate affairs director John Gillespie is retiring from food ingredients manufacturer Macphie after 37 years.

He started in the industry 50 years ago as an apprentice with flour miller J&R Snodgrass in Glasgow. He joined Macphie as a sales representative in 1969 and in 1986 was appointed to the board as marketing director.

Gillespie was appointed president of BATA (now Association of Bakery Ingredients Manufacturers) in 1997 and was a council member of the Food and Drink Federation for six years. The Scottish Food and Drink Federation was formed with Gillespie as its founder chairman. In 2000 Gillespie became commercial MD at Macphie.

He served as president of FEDIMA, the European trade association for bakery ingredients manufacturers from 2003-2006. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of CIAA, the body for the European food and drink industry.