Former BBC Scotland Head of News and Current Affairs appointed chair of SSPO

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Atholl Duncan replaces Gilpin Bradley, the managing director of Wester Ross Fisheries who took on the role of Chair on a temporary basis two years ago.

In a press release, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation has announced that Atholl Duncan has been appointed as the new Chair.

The new non-executive director used to be Head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland and is a former Executive Director of ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland).

The SPPO wrote that Duncan also works with senior corporate leaders in the Middle East, Europe and the USA to help them with their personal and business development.

He is currently the Chairman of UK Coaching, the national body for sports coaches, and a former Chair of the British Horseracing Authority.

Duncan will take up his post next month (September 2019), replacing Gilpin Bradley, the managing director of Wester Ross Fisheries who took on the role of Chair on a temporary basis two years ago.

Atholl Duncan said: “It is a great privilege for me to work with a farming sector which is the UK’s leading food exporter and contributes so much in terms of economic and social value. I look forward to helping the sector’s leaders to fulfil their ambitious growth plans and to working with the local communities, politicians and regulators who all have such an important stake in the continued development of Scottish salmon.

“The Scottish farmed salmon sector is world-leading today and keen to play an even larger part in the economic development of Scotland in the future. But we fully appreciate the challenges of doing that in a way which is sympathetic to the communities we work in while embracing the new regulatory and environmental standards being developed wherever the sector operates around the world.”

Gilpin Bradley added: “We are delighted to have secured Atholl Duncan as the SSPO’s new chair. He will bring his undoubted qualities as a leader, his experience as a manager and his dynamism and drive to this successful Scottish farming sector.”

“The SSPO was looking for someone with undoubted leadership skills, a passion for high performance as well as experience of international business and it has found all these qualities in Atholl Duncan. I am looking forward to working with him in what promises to be an exciting time for one of the UK’s most successful and innovative food sectors,” added SSPO Chief Executive Julie Hesketh-Laird.