Welcomed aboard: competitive sailor Andrew Watson is the new voice of Cooke Scotland.
Welcomed aboard: competitive sailor Andrew Watson is the new voice of Cooke Scotland.

Sailor takes the helm of Cooke Scotland’s public relations

Shetland and Orkney salmon farmer Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited has appointed a seasoned PR professional, Andrew Watson, as its public relations and communications manager.


“We are excited to welcome Andrew to the Cooke Aquaculture Scotland team,” said managing director Colin Blair.

“He brings an impressive and diverse set of skills, and a strong ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders that will be beneficial to our family-owned company and the Scottish salmon farming industry.”

Skipper’s qualification

Watson has experience in the private sector, government, military, and educational institutions, and was latterly head of communications for Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, an agency of the Ministry of Defence.

He is also competitive sailor and holds a commercial skipper’s qualification, and volunteered with World Sailing, Ocean Youth Trust, and the Royal Yachting Association Scotland.

“I’m thrilled to join Cooke during a time of such growth for the industry,” said Watson, a graduate of Edinburgh University.

Reputable company

“I look forward to bringing my past experience and education to the table to help further strengthen engagement and communications for such a reputable, family-owned company.”

In addition to Cooke’s freshwater, sea farming and processing operations, Watson will manage communications for Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited after the recent acquisition by Cooke of the former Skretting fish feed mill in Invergordon.

Northeast Nutrition Scotland is aiming to restart the mill in 2020 to manufacture fish feed for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland.