Scottish political editor of the Times joins Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation

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The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) has announced the appointment of Hamish Macdonell, to the newly created role of Director of Strategic Engagement.

Mr Macdonell will lead public affairs and communications for the industry body according to today’s press release from the organisation.

An experienced journalist, Macdonell has extensively covering Scottish Politics for The Times and has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Spectator among others.

Hamish Macdonell said:

“I am thrilled to be joining the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation at such an exciting time for the sector. Scottish salmon is already one of the country’s most well-known and valuable exports and I am looking forward to playing my part in helping the industry cement its already excellent reputation for sustainability and high-quality produce.”

Julie Hesketh-Laird, SSPO chief executive welcomed his appointment:

“I am delighted to bring Hamish on board to bolster the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation’s strategic engagement. Hamish is one of Scotland’s most respected political journalists and brings significant experience in public and stakeholder engagement.

“The Scottish salmon farming industry is a source of great pride for Scotland and is highly valued in our 60-plus markets across the world. He will strengthen the SSPO’s expertise at a busy time as we continue to grow the reputation of Scottish salmon and shine a light on industry good practices and achievements”