When the RHASS opportunity came along, Hutt was spending most of his time on planes and trains away from home (he has a wife, a young family and three dogs) and wanted to be closer to home.
RHASS is already investing just over PS4m over the next three years in showground improvements.
By celebrating achievements of the next generation, RHASS seeks to develop the natural talent in the sector.
It is this commitment to supporting organisations that push boundaries for the advancement of the sector that ensures RHASS remains at the forefront of this vibrant industry.
Building awareness and understanding of the sector is a cornerstone of Society's charitable remit; The Royal Education Trust (RHET), the educational arm of RHASS, is harnessing the opportunity to create the food literate consumer of tomorrow.
RHASS chief executive, Alan Laidlaw, explains: "The Society has used its unique position to focus on the opportunities to adapt and grow the industry for the benefit of our members and the wider Scottish economy.
For the RHASS
, Gareth Baird, convener of the Food from Scotland Committee, said: "We are delighted to be strengthening our connection with the food and drink industry.
McLetchie, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, quit the firm in February this year after the Daily Record revealed the link with the RHASS.
Convener Brian Adam agreed that: "Mr McLetchie did not stand to gain financially from his actions in supporting the motion referring to RHASS.
I thought - and this is a common perception - that the RHASS puts on the Royal Highland Show in June but what do they do for the rest of the year?
The RHASS job came up and Hutt decided it fitted his need of doing something worthwhile.
Hutt emphasises the RHASS is not a lobbying organisation like the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) but that does not stop it organising discussions on topical issues such as land ownership and the referendum.