SSPO strength­ens lob­by­ing team with two new ap­point­ments

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

A SEA­SONED Scot­tish po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist is to be the new voice of the Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SSPO).

Hamish Mac­donell will lead pub­lic af­fairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the newly cre­ated role of di­rec­tor of strate­gic en­gage­ment.The SSPO rep­re­sents most of Scot­land’s salmon farm­ers.

And Anne An­der­son of the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (Sepa) has been ap­pointed di­rec­tor of sus­tain­abil­ity, the se­cond new po­si­tion to be an­nounced at the salmon body last month.

Mac­donell has cov­ered the Scot­tish par­lia­ment since its in­cep­tion for var­i­ous ti­tles, most re­cently for The Times, and has also worked as a po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist at West­min­ster.

He brings a wealth of en­gage­ment ex­pe­ri­ence that will be cru­cial as the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to build its global rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence, said the SSPO.

Mac­donell said:‘I am thrilled to be join­ing the Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion at such an ex­cit­ing time for the sec­tor.

‘Scot­tish salmon is al­ready one of the coun­try’s most well-known and valu­able ex­ports and I am look­ing for­ward to play­ing my part in help­ing the in­dus­try ce­ment its al­ready ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for sus­tain­abil­ity and high qual­ity pro­duce.’

Julie Hes­keth-Laird, SSPO chief ex­ec­u­tive, wel­comed the ap­point­ment: ‘I am de­lighted to bring Hamish on board to bol­ster the Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s strate­gic en­gage­ment.

‘He will strengthen the SSPO’s ex­per­tise at a busy time as we con­tinue to grow the rep­u­ta­tion of Scot­tish salmon and shine a light on in­dus­try good prac­tices and achieve­ments.’

An­der­son, mean­while, will ‘de­velop and co­or­di­nate an in­dus­try strat­egy for sus­tain­able busi­ness to sup­port re­spon­si­ble growth’, the SSPO said.

She has worked at Sepa, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that is­sues fish farm li­cences, since 1996, lat­terly as chief of com­pli­ance and be­fore that as head of reg­u­la­tion.

She said:‘I am de­lighted to join the SSPO and have a lead­ing role in help­ing this ex­cit­ing and im­por­tant Scot­tish in­dus­try de­velop sus­tain­ably.

‘The sec­tor holds a strate­gic po­si­tion in Scot­land’s and the UK’s food and ex­port economies and I am look­ing for­ward to help­ing it demon­strate its sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion achieve­ments and in­no­va­tions.’

An­der­son will join the SSPO later in the year, and Mac­donell will start at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

Above: Hamish Mac­donell

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