Macphie appoints ‘industry titans’ to senior team

By Gwen Ridler

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Left to right: Jane Stewart and Norman Soutar at Macphie's Tannochside factory
Left to right: Jane Stewart and Norman Soutar at Macphie's Tannochside factory

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Food ingredients firm Macphie has appointed two ‘industry titans’, former William Jackson Food Group chief executive Norman Soutar and industry veteran Jane Stewart, to help lead the next stage of its growth plans.

Soutar and Stewart join the team at Macphie as non-executive directors, bringing with them a wealth of leadership and industry expertise. 

Boasting more than 29 years’ experience in the food sector, Soutar’s most recently more than tripled William Jackson Food Group’s revenues while in charge and helped build the Aunt Bessie’s brand during his 14 years with the company. 

Soutar said: “During my time at William Jackson Food Group, I worked with the managing directors and their leadership teams to help them create value over the long term, going that extra step beyond group strategy support. 

Next phase of expansion  

“I hope that I can bring the knowledge and skills that I have gained throughout my 29 years in the industry to help Macphie on the next phase of its expansion plan.” 

Having recently won a major new contract following its £4m refit of its Tannochside factory in Uddingston, Macphie has also made a significant investment in its sweet sauce range, with the launch of five new product lines. 

Jane Stewart will also join Macphie as a non-executive director, building on 25 years’ of experience in industry, private equity investment and corporate finance.  

Industry veteran  

She holds a number of non-executive positions in high growth companies, including Edinburgh-based waste tech firm Topolytics and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. She has recently been recognised by Innovate UK as one of the UK’s leading ‘Women in Innovation’. 

“It’s an honour to be named as one of Macphie’s new Non-Exec Directors,” said Stewart. “The food firm has delivered impressive accomplishments to date, underpinned by a genuine commitment to sustainability and community impact.  

 “Macphie has a strong presence both locally and globally and I am excited to bring another perspective to help the team to capitalise on forthcoming opportunities and to deliver their major plans for the future.” 

Meanwhile, last month, Macphie announced it had created 20 new jobs to help fulfil demand at its newly refurbished Tannochside factory.​ 

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