Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher, left, is stepping down as co-chair of the AILG and will be replaced by SSPO chief executive Tavish Scott. Photos: SSF and SSPO.
Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher, left, is stepping down as co-chair of the AILG and will be replaced by SSPO chief executive Tavish Scott. Photos: SSF and SSPO.

SSPO chief to co-chair aqua industry leadership group

Tavish Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) has been named co-chair of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG), which aims to deliver a joint Scottish government and industry goal of doubling the sector’s value by 2030.

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Scott replaces Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher, who is stepping down in order to participate more fully in the AILG’s strategic discussions and the different projects arising from those, the SSPO said in a press release. He will remain in the AILG.

The AILG’s other co-chair, Stewart Graham, the owner and managing director of Inverness-based industry supplier Gael Force Group, will continue in his role.

Furthering sector’s interests

Scott, who takes up his role at the next AILG meeting in the spring, said: “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.”

Graham said: “It has been an honour for me to have worked with Jim in the co-chair role of the AILG 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.”