Media release: Scottish Salmon body bolsters senior leadership team, with appointment of politics journalist

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THE Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) is delighted to announce the appointment of Hamish Macdonell, to the newly-created role of director of Strategic Engagement.

Hamish will lead public affairs and communications at the organisation, which represents the UK and Scotland’s no.1 food export.

Hamish is a respected Scottish politics journalist covering Scottish politics for The Times and has covered the Scottish Parliament since its inception for various titles.

He 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.

Hamish 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 his appointment: “I am delighted to bring Hamish on board to bolster the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation’s strategic engagement. Hamish is one of Scotland’s most respected political journalists and brings significant experience in public and stakeholder engagement.

“The Scottish salmon farming industry is a source of great pride for Scotland and is highly valued in our 60-plus markets across the world. 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”

Notes to editors:

Hamish is the author of an acclaimed history of the first ten years of Scottish devolution. He lives in the Borders and is a keen angler. He will join the organisation in early November

Interviews can be arranged for 1st November by contacting Julie Edgar

Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) is the representative body for the salmon farming industry in Scotland. Salmon farming is a major contributor to the Scottish local and national economies and Scottish salmon is both Scotland’s and the UK’s largest food export.

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