Jason Cleaversmith has been appointed general manager for Akva Group Scotland. Photo: Akva

Akva nets SAIC director for general manager’s job

Inverness-based aquaculture supplier Akva Group Scotland has appointed former Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) director Jason Cleaversmith as its new general manager.

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The 44-year-old Scot takes over the role from David Thorburn, who was appointed head of export earlier this year. Cleaversmith was most recently business development and operations director at SAIC in Stirling, and prior to that he was the head of aqua health for Novartis on Prince Edward Island, Canada where he oversaw four biologics facilities, spanning both R&D and manufacturing activities.

Cleaversmith has a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the University of Glasgow.

David Thorburn said: "Jason’s operational and business development background will bring great value to Akva Group Scotland as it continues to develop and thrive with the Scottish industry, as well as allowing us to develop our export business."

Cleaversmith said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Akva team at such an exciting time in its evolution. Supporting the Scottish team, and the delivery of our strategic objectives will be key, along with ensuring that excellence in customer service and the supply of innovative, and high quality products, is maintained.”

Akva Group Scotland employs around 65 people.