SSPO Chief Executive to step down

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Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) Chief Executive, Julie Hesketh-Laird, has announced her decision to leave the organisation in the autumn.

In a press release, the SSPO writes that Julie Hesketh-Laird is to step down after two years in the role.

The SSPO did not give a reason for why Hesketh-Laird is leaving – but she will leave the organisation in September.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with my team at the SSPO and taking forward the cause of the salmon farming sector which is so important to Scotland and highly regarded in overseas markets. We have come a very long way in recent years, and I am proud to have achieved such good progress.

As the sector emerges from the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, it is a good time to move on and take on fresh challenges. Salmon farming is now strongly positioned to play a central role in Scotland’s economic recovery,” said Hesketh-Laird

SSPO Chair Atholl Duncan added: “We are very grateful to Julie for all the progress that has been made under her leadership. We wish her well for the future and we are now well positioned to build on the stability and strategic focus which she has brought to the SSPO.”