New MD takes the helm at Aqualife – Fishfarmer Magazine

New MD takes the helm at Aqualife04 March, 2014 –

AQUALIFE, the market leader in commercial fish health and welfare, has appointed Ronnie Soutar, formally Director of Veterinary Services at University of Edinburgh, as its new Managing Director.

Speaking about his new role, Soutar said: ‘Aqualife is making significant practical improvements in fish health and welfare at the moment, things I truly believe in, which made this an incredibly exciting opportunity for me.

‘I am really looking forward to working with the team to manage the business growth and support its ambitious plans for diversification into new areas and geographies within the global aquaculture marketplace, where its proposition is strong.’

Soutar, who is the President of the British Veterinary Association’s Scottish Branch and a Board member of the SSPCA, will join Aqualife’s founder and Chief Executive, Gordon Jeffrey.

Together they will to lead the business during an exciting phase of growth, which will see Aqualife develop from its current position as market leader in fish vaccination to a major force in commercial fish health and welfare worldwide.

Gordon Jeffrey, Aqualife CEO, said:

‘We have a real passion for fish welfare, and it’s at the heart of what Aqualife stands for, therefore Ronnie’s experience in both fish health and the management of large organisations makes him perfectly suited to taking on the role of managing our business as we gear up for growth.

‘His appointment underpins our focus on best practice and professionalism, and our vision to lead and pioneer the industry.’  

Ronnie began his career in fish health and welfare after completing a post-graduate degree in Aquatic Pathobiology at Stirling University in 1989.

One of the first in-house fish vets in Scottish salmon farming, Ronnie moved into production management with what is now Scottish Sea Farms and developed his management career as Director of Veterinary Services at University of Edinburgh, where he significantly increased the commercial activities of the veterinary hospitals.