Scottish Bakers, the newly rebranded Scottish Association of Master Bakers, has appointed Irishman Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

The former chief executive of the Wholesale & Retail Training Council of Northern Ireland, worked most recently as national director NI for Lifelong Learning UK, and replaces Kirk Hunter, who is now at Dairy UK.

Clarke aims to go out and about immediately, meeting members to ensure their views are heard. He said: “We want to put together a range of services that add value in the next couple of months.”

President Alan Stuart said Clarke’s strengths in the area of training and fund procurement – working with the major bakeries in Northern Ireland – should serve them well. He added: “He responded very well to being a champion for our craft. Scottish Bakers believes it has found a voice.”

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