SSPO seeks new team with po­lit­i­cal skills

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THE Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion is strength­en­ing its team with up to three new ap­point­ments, all based in Ed­in­burgh.

Al­though the SSPO is cur­rently head­quar­tered in Perth, it said it is ac­tively search­ing for premises in the cap­i­tal for its fu­ture HQ.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which rep­re­sents six out of Scot­land’s seven salmon farm­ing com­pa­nies, ad­ver­tised re­cently for a direc­tor of Strate­gic En­gage­ment to ‘de­velop and grow re­la­tion­ships’ with the govern­ment.

An­swer­ing to CEO Julie Hes­keth-Laird, who took up her post in March, the new direc­tor will ‘lead an in­dus­try en­gage­ment strat­egy to ad­vance the in­dus­try’s in­ter­ests and pro­file’.

The SSPO said it was look­ing for some­one with ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mu­ni­ca­tions who will be ‘cred­i­ble and com­fort­able’ talk- Julie Hes­keth-Laird, CEO of the SSPO ing to min­is­ters in Holy­rood and West­min­ster.

The direc­tor of Strate­gic En­gage­ment, who will be able to re­cruit an en­gage­ment man­ager as part of their staff, will be an ef­fec­tive spokesper­son in sup­port of the CEO.

The SSPO was also seek­ing to ap­point a sus­tain­abil­ity direc­tor as part of its se­nior lead­er­ship team. The new role in­volves de­vel­op­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing an in­dus­try sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy that aims ‘to en­sure an op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment which is con­ducive to in­dus­try growth and re­silience’, ac­cord­ing to the job ad­ver­tise­ment.

The role also re­quires some­one with ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills who is com­fort­able pre­sent­ing to a range of au­di­ences, and com­mu­ni­cat­ing and in­flu­enc­ing se­nior stake­hold­ers up to govern­ment min­is­te­rial level in West­min­ster and Holy­rood.

Hes­keth-Laird said: ‘The or­gan­i­sa­tion is bol­ster­ing its ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to sup­port a grow­ing Scot­tish salmon farm­ing sec­tor. I am de­lighted that our mem­bers have con­fi­dence in a strong fu­ture for the sec­tor and its pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tion. The new roles will be based in Ed­in­burgh close to some of our most im­por­tant stake­hold­ers.’

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