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

Jamie Stewart Chair

Jamie has over 40 years of practical and management experience in the field of conservation, land and species management. He has a background in gamekeeping/stalking and enjoyed spells with SNH and as a Director for both the Countryside Alliance and BASC. Jamie is a DMQ board member and provides External Quality assurance for DMQs centres in Scotland and represents SQWV on the Scottish Venison Association Industry Leadership Group.

Kirsty Macdonald Vice Chair

Kirsty has worked in a Technical role within the food industry for 24 years.  Firstly, working for a large farming business which produced Soft fruit and Vegetables for Multiple Retailers. Then the last 14 years with Highland Game Ltd, where the factory based role has focused on the food safety requirements when processing Wild Venison.  More recently concentrating on the supply side of the business, promoting food safety from Hill to Plate.

Ian Fergusson

Ian comes from a background of gamekeepers/Stalking. He has been employed by Forestry and land Scotland for 42 years, 41 of these working in wildlife. He was an operational wildlife ranger for 20 years before moving on into management. He now holds the position of Head of Wildlife Management for Forestry and Land Scotland. Ian is also currently the Head of FLS DMQ Assessment Centre, Contract Manager of FLS Venison Sales Contract, and a member of the Executive Committee in both ADMG and LNDS.

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.

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.