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Graham’s The Family Dairy expands board with the appointment of Operations Director

Graham’s The Family Dairy, Scotland’s largest independent dairy company, has announced the promotion of Shaun Dorrian to operations director, who will now join its family board.

Shaun has been based at the Bridge of Allan dairy since 1997 where he has progressed through positions including Stock Controller, Distribution Manager and most recently Operations Manager responsible for 200 staff.

Milk has long been running through Shaun’s veins as he previously spent 10 years working for Scottish Pride in Glasgow where he was the company’s youngest milk man aged 19 and its youngest supervisor.

Explaining the decision to invite Shaun Dorrian to join the board, chairman Dr Robert Graham said: “Shaun plays a major role in the efficient day-to-day running of our business, controlling the smooth operations from Bridge of Allan and our five regional depots.  He has demonstrated great loyalty and integrity and is hugely respected among his colleagues.  He’s always been customer focussed ensuring quality service but is also extremely commercially aware and deserves this elevated role in our growing business.”

Referring to his board appointment, Shaun Dorrian commented: “I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with the Graham family for the past 14 years and am excited about this new challenge.  Graham’s is a progressive business where I have seen more than 25 acquisitions since I started.  The management team play a very hands-on role and there is prompt decision-making which is widely respected internally and externally.”

Graham’s The Family Dairy’s board now includes:  managing director Robert Graham, chairman Dr Robert Graham, marketing director Carol Graham, director Jean Graham, finance director Eliot Swan and Graham’s first non-executive director Simon Thomson who is chief executive officer of Cairn Energy PLC, the Edinburgh-based oil and gas exploration company.

Shaun will also continue to chair Graham’s operational board which brings together all technical, HR, logistical and operational elements of the business.  Its primary focus is to ensure that all Graham’s products are distributed efficiently, cost effectively and with consideration to the carbon footprint.

Founded in 1939 by the grandfather of the current managing director, Robert Graham, the Graham family has farmed in the Stirlingshire area for three generations.

In its year-end results to 31 March 2010, Graham’s The Family Dairy revealed turnover increased by 20 per cent to £41,387,790 (2009: £40m) and pre-tax profits jumped 28 per cent to break the £1m profit barrier at £1,051,247 (2009: £820,959).

Shaun lives in Balloch in Loch Lomond with his wife and two sons.