Aquaculture veteran Stephen Divers is to become a non-executive director of Gael Force Group following the company's completion of its acquisition of Fusion Marine. Photo: Gael Force.
Aquaculture veteran Stephen Divers is to become a non-executive director of Gael Force Group following the company's completion of its acquisition of Fusion Marine. Photo: Gael Force.

Divers to stay on board at Gael Force after retirement

Scottish aquaculture veteran Stephen Divers will move into a non-executive director position on the board of aquaculture supplier Gael Force Group as he prepares to retire from active management at the end of June, the Inverness-based company said today.

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Divers has played a major role in building fish farm pen manufacturer, Gael Force Fusion (formerly Fusion Marine), for almost three decades alongside former colleague and director Iain Forbes who retired in 2020. Gael Force Group acquired a 75% stake in Fusion Marine in 2018, with planned options in place to complete the shareholding as part of the acquisition deal.

With that option now being exercised, Divers will retire from day-to-day management at Gael Force Fusion in April, maintaining his directorship at group board level before moving into a non-executive group director role upon his retirement at the end of June. 

Vast knowledge

Gael Force Group said this would allow the company to retain Divers’ vast knowledge and experience of Scottish and international aquaculture. Prior to Divers’ retirement from active management there will be a period of structured handover.

“I am delighted that the group has invited me to continue on the board as a non-executive director after my retirement,” said Divers in a press release from Gael Force. “I care passionately about the growth of this sector and the important role that Gael Force plays as a supply partner.”

Gael Force managing director Stewart Graham said: “Stephen’s knowledge and experience built up over 30 years has been a huge contribution to aquaculture in Scotland and to the Gael Force Group as it is today.

“We look forward to working with Stephen on the board to continue to develop and grow the business strategically and sustainably for all stakeholders over the very long term.”