Ace leader scoops Direc­tor of the Year in­no­va­tion prize

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

DUNDEE based Ace Aquatec has added an­other award to an im­pres­sive haul, with man­ag­ing direc­tor Nathan Pyne-Carter named Direc­tor of the Year in the in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory of the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors Scot­land awards last month.

The judges said Pyne-Carter, who has pi­o­neered a range of tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions for the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, is ‘a leader who un­der­stands and em­braces in­no­va­tion and this in­no­va­tion has wider reach­ing im­pacts than on the busi­ness – the en­vi­ron­ment, ethics and sus­tain­abil­ity’.

Pyne-Carter, who was a fi­nal­ist in three cat­e­gories, won the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Direc­tor of the Year – In­no­va­tion prize, beat­ing fi­nal­ists from Trossachs Dis­tillery, the Data Lab and Eserve In­ter­na­tional.

The awards, held at the Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Glas­gow Cen­tral Ho­tel, had 11 main cat­e­gories, with a fur­ther seven re­gional awards.

Pyne-Carter was also short­listed in the IoD Scot­land Direc­tor of the Year – Small-Medium Busi­ness, and Tur­can Con­nell Direc­tor of the Year – Fam­ily Busi­ness cat­e­gories.

He said: ‘Ob­vi­ously, there are peo­ple who are lead­ers in their own sec­tor who we were go­ing up against, and it was a re­ally nice sur­prise to find that what we’re do­ing in the aqua­cul­ture space is per­ceived well and to get this ac­knowl­edge­ment for the hard work that we’re do­ing in that space. ‘It’s good to see that, com­pared to other sec­tors, we are also stand­ing out for our in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment.’

This year, Ace Aquatec won the Queen’s Award for En­ter­prise In­no­va­tion for the sec­ond year in a row. It was recognised for the pos­i­tive im­pact its elec­tric Hu­mane Stunner Uni­ver­sal (HSU) has on an­i­mal wel­fare across the global seafood in­dus­try. Last year, the com­pany’s Queen’s Award vic­tory was based on the con­tri­bu­tion its acous­tic preda­tor de­ter­rents have made to the Scot­tish econ­omy.

Two years ago, Pyne-Carter beat Nor­we­gian in­no­va­tors to scoop the cov­eted in­no­va­tion award at the Aqua Nor ex­hi­bi­tion in Trond­heim.

Above: Win­ner, Nathan Pyne-Carter

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