For 130 years, the Scottish Bakers Association has supported and protected the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade, representing their members both big and small to the Government as well as important public policy stakeholders. The next President, Ian McGhee, has announced his new Vice President will be Michelle Phillips from Mimi’s Bakehouse in Edinburgh to help continue the longstanding tradition of good work the association has done, as well as help lead through the next stages of recovery from the pandemic.
Ian McGhee, from McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow, will be sworn in as President May 2022 alongside Michelle Phillips. Ian is the current Vice-President to Linda Hill, President, who has led the association during these last turbulent years, stepping up to the challenges of a global pandemic. The Scottish Bakers Association changes presidency every two years, and Ian and Michelle will take up the mantle next May.
On the confirmation of his choice for Vice President, Ian said, “[a]fter a great deal of thought it is a pleasure to confirm that I have asked Michelle Phillips, of Mimi’s Bakehouse, to take on this role and I’m delighted to say she has accepted this honour. Michelle has built an enviable – and growing – business and developed and extended her range of freshly-baked goods over the years since Mimi’s first opened its doors in Leith. She embodies all the qualities a good baker ought to have, and I know she will be a powerful ambassador for our association in due course. I know all of our members and the sector as a whole, will want to join me in welcoming her to this honourable position.”
Mimi’s Bakehouse began in Leith, 2010 and has since flourished. Phillips’ success as she opened more bakery cafés around Edinburgh, including The Royal Mile and Corstorphine, ensure she has the skills and experience to be an excellent addition to the board. Mimi’s Bakehouse serves Afternoon Tea and All-Day Brunches. You can expect to be treated to a luxury experience with crumpet eggs benedict or biscoff-stuffed French Toast. The bakers also whip up fantastic and beautiful cake creations every day such as an aero cake or pick ‘n’ mix cupcakes.
Outgoing President Linda Hill has been exceptionally busy this last year as she organised the association through its most turbulent sector as well running Murrays Bakery in Perth. The Bakery creates its own delightful sweet and savoury delicacies with their apple tarts, tattie and bean pie, strawberry tarts and their oh-so-famous Scotch Pie. They have received more than 15 awards since 2012 and won ‘Scottish Baker Customer Choice – Craft Baker of the Year 2020/21’.
Linda Hill says; "[t]o be president of such an esteemed association has been a great honour and it has been a wonderful but challenging time in post. I am in post until May of course, with plenty still to do, but I am delighted to know that I will be able to hand over the chains of office to Ian, who was a great support to me during my tenure. I know that Michelle will, in turn, be great in looking after the future of the association. I will be leaving it in good hands.”
Scottish Bakers Chief Executive Alasdair Smith said, "[w]e are delighted that Ian and Michelle have agreed to step up to these crucial roles at this key time. It means that we, as a sector, can now look to our post-COVID future; we will need a strong and strategic team to help direct us and with Ian and Michelle, supporting the work of all at Bakers House, I am confident we can rise to the challenges ahead."
Our bakers across Scotland remain one of our unsung hero industries as they continued to feed the local communities: over 300 bakeries embody their community by bringing folks together. The bakery sector alone delivers around £1.4 billion into the economy and employs around 12,000 people in businesses big and small across the country. The Scottish Bakers Association assists to support everyone and cheers Michelle and Ian as they begin the long recovery process.
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