John Gray appointed vice chairman

Ringlink has appointed a new vice chairman in John Gray, managing director of Angus Soft Fruits.

John has been on the board since the summer of 2022, and takes over in the new role from the start of 2024 where he will be supporting chairman James Porter. He has worked at Angus Soft Fruits – which breeds, grows, packs and delivers soft fruit to retailers in the UK and worldwide – for more than 20 years.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role of vice chairman of Ringlink.

“I’ve been very impressed by the team who deliver a fantastic service to rural businesses throughout Scotland. I look forward to supporting them with their exciting plans for the future.”

John also grows strawberries in partnership in England and is a member of Angus Growers. As well as being a Nuffield Scholar, he is a board member of DYW Tay Cities, the organisation that connects employers, education and young people.

John grew up on the family farm near Carnoustie in Angus on the east coast of Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he moved to Poland for five years where he was part of the management team of a large scale potato growing & packing operation.

He joined Angus Soft Fruits on his return to the UK. The business has a management team of 85 operating in Spain, Morocco and Chile, in addition to the UK.

John takes over from Peter Chapman who had been in the role since 2019. Peter is standing down as vice chairman but remains on the board, where he has been a director since 2012.

Ringlink Scotland vice chairman John Gray