The Board

Who is Scottish Quality Wild Venison Ltd (SQWV Ltd)?

The Scottish Quality Wild Venison (SQWV) Assurance Scheme launched in 2002. This was as a result of a development project based on collaborative partnership comprising Scottish Game Dealers, Forest Enterprise, Association of Deer Management Groups, Scottish Gamekeepers Association and the processors.

The scheme is owned by Scottish Quality Wild Venison Ltd. SQWV’s board members have a wide range of experience of the wild venison industry and their knowledge and experience is vital when establishing the required assurance measures for an industry now widely credited with upholding the highest production standards.

Scottish Quality Wild Venison Ltd exists to maintain, develop and promote Quality Assurance Standards throughout the whole Venison industry.

SQWV Board member profiles


Leo Barclay

Leo worked on a farm in Dorset and near Alford in Aberdeenshire before moving to Innerhadden in 1982. Here he kept hill sheep and hill cows and started Rannoch Smokery in 1985. Rannoch Smokery is a dedicated meat and game smoker producing smoked meats from the hills surrounding Kinloch Rannoch in Scotland. He is currently secretary of SQWV.

Alex Hogg

Alex Hogg began his keepering career on Kelburn Estate in Ayrshire where his father worked as a shepherd, and has spent the last 20 years on Portmore Estate near Peebles, a mixed estate of policies, fringe hill and hill land which ranges to around 2000ft. He rears pheasants, manages a small grouse moor and herds of roe and red deer. His son Kyle works alongside him, giving him time to carry out his duties as chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, a position he has held for the past eight years.

Christian Nissen

Christian founded Highland Game Ltd in 1997 and the company’s philosophy is to provide prime quality from ‘hill to table’. The company has invested in educational and marketing programmes to promote venison. Highland Game was the first Scottish venison processor to achieve SQWV accreditation and is currently the only British Retail Consortium approved plant in Scotland.

Andy Leitch

Andy has worked in the forest industry in Scotland since 1985 and he is currently working as Policy Advisor with the Business Development team in Forestry Commission Scotland. Previous roles include Forest Management Officer with responsibilities for deer management and associated venison contracts in the national forest estate, member of Executive Committee of Association of Deer Management Groups and board member of WDM Qualifications.

Mike Luti

Mike is a retired restaurateur and smallholder. He was a stalker for 30 years on Monachyle Mhor and Monachyle Beg estates. He is also the vice chair of Balquhidder DMG, a directly elected Board member for Callander on the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and has spent 20 years as depute leader of Killin Mountain Rescue Team.

Richard Cooke

Richard is Resident Factor for Dalhousie Estates, Brechin and thus involved in the venison production from an annual cull of approximately 700 animals from the Quality Assured Larder at Invermark.
He currently chairs he Association of the Deer Management Groups which he joined as Secretary at its formation in 1992.