Mowi Scotland names new management team

Meritxell Diez-Padrisa, Mowi Scotland's new production director, heads a reorganised management team (photo: Mowi)

Mowi Scotland has named its new management team, following the appointment last month of Meritxell Diez-Padrisa as the company’s new production director.

Diez-Padrisa, who was head of fish health, replaces Gideon Pringle, who is joining Scottish Sea Farms as director of farming.

Mowi’s farms in Scotland will now be organised into three regions – South, North and Western Isles – rather than the previous five regions, according to the latest issue of the company’s newsletter, The Scoop.

Leading each region will be three experienced managers, all of whom have been with Mowi for a while: Stephen Jamieson is regional manager for the North, David MacGillivray is regional manager for the South and Kris Laird is regional manager for the Western Isles.

All regional managers will be supported by a dedicated team of operational and fish health experts.

And former area manager for the South Sean Anderson has been promoted to the deputy production director post.

Mowi said 2020 had started with the challenge of Storm Brendan, which resulted in the escape of 73,600 salmon from a pen at its Colonsay farm.

But the company added: ‘The strengthening of our management team and the restructuring of our farming operations means that we can move forward with confidence.’

Sean Anderson said: ‘Each region now has a dedicated fish health structure consisting of a regional health manager and a regional health assistant manager, who are both responsible for the health and welfare of our salmon and cleaner fish.

‘This now doubles the previous number of fish health and welfare experts in seawater, which will allow more focus and time in each individual region going forward. This is a positive step and reinforces our commitment to the health and welfare of our fish.’

Ben Hadfield, in his new role as chief operating officer (COO) for Farming Scotland and Ireland, said: ‘With Meritxell’s vast fish health and welfare experience and a strong and refreshed farming team in Scotland supporting her, our production capabilities will be greatly enhanced.’

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