Tavish Scott is to take up of group that aims to deliver growth strategy in salmon farming. Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms Jim Gallagher to stand down from position but will stay in group.
In a statement, the SSPO writes that Tavish Scott is to take up the role of Co-Chair of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG).
AILG was established by the sector and is supported by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing and brings together industry stakeholders including government, regulators, aquaculture producers and its value chain.
The role and remit of AILG is to deliver the growth strategy of Aquaculture Growth to 2030. It meets quarterly to monitor and drive progress on how Scotland’s aquaculture sector will double its economic contribution from GBP 1.8 billion in 2016 to GBP 3.6 billion by 2030.
SSPO chief executive Scott will take up the role at the next meeting of the AILG, in the spring.
His appointment follows the decision of Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms Jim Gallagher, to stand down as co-chair in order to participate “more fully in the strategic discussions and the different projects arising from those”. Gallagher will remain in the group.
Other co-chair of the AILG, Gael Force Group managing director Stewart Graham will continue in his role.
“I am delighted to take on the responsibilities of Co-Chair and I wish to thank Jim for his dedication and contribution to the AILG over the course of his chairmanship. I thoroughly look forward to working closer with Stewart to further our sector’s interests as the UK’s No 1 food export while our economy emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Scott said.
Stewart Graham said it had “been an honour” to have worked with Gallagher over the past four years. “Drawing on his considerable industry and business knowledge and experience has been of tremendous benefit both to me in the role and the wider sector too,” he added.