Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students
We met Robin on a rainy afternoon at the Government offices in Saughton House. Any thought that meeting a Government policymaker might be daunting was quickly dispelled, and his kindness made us feel very welcome. He is an adviser to the Scottish Government on Food and Drink policy especially food in the public sector and he works to improve the many systems that involve food, from how food is produced, where it is sourced, how it is procured, delivered, cooked and served in Scotland’s schools and hospitals.
When he began a career in hotel management, he did not envision that a determination to strive for excellence, would lead him to serve today, as a Scottish Government adviser. He produced the report, Walking the Talk – Getting Government Right in which the adoption of sustainable food and drink by the public sector was introduced as one of the key priorities for Scotland’s first National Food and Drink Policy. He subsequently consulted widely with industry and public bodies, commissioned new research and produced a range of guidance and policy for industry and the public sector which has seen an increase of over 40% in Scottish local produce being used.