SSA ELECTS FIRST CHAIRWOMAN
SSA elects first chairwoman
The body that represents Scotland’s seafood processing industry has elected its first chairwoman.
Amber Knight of MacNeil Shellfish was unanimously chosen to lead the Scottish Seafood Association at its annual general meeting.
She thanked outgoing chairman Ryan Scatterty for his able stewardship during his tenure and looked forward to steering the industry through a very challenging and uncertain time while remaining optimistic that opportunities can be seized when they arise.
Amber manages and runs a significant export of live crustaceans to EU and global markets and is fully aware of the pressures of Brexit and the impact it has had both on her own business and that of the communities that she supports through procurement.
SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan said he was delighted that the executive committee had elected Amber to steer the ship through these difficult times.
“The executive has demonstrated diversity and collaboration with all the seafood sector, which demonstrates beyond doubt that the SSA is the voice of the processing sector across Scotland.”
Andrew Brown, representing Macduff Shellfish, was elected to serve as vice chairman, giving a strong voice to the processing sector across Scotland regardless of size.
Andrew said that with the changes on the horizon on many fronts, it was never more important that the processing sector is at the table debating and shaping its future for the greater good of the catching and processing sector.
Both Amber and Andrew looked forward to working with Jimmy in serving all members in making sure the voice is heard at UK and Scottish Government level.
The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) was formed in 2011 in response to a growing need for a national body to represent the whole of Scotland’s seafood, processing and trading sectors. They now have around 70 members from across Scotland. Almost half of the 12,000 jobs supported by the UK processing sector are based in Scotland (5000, with 3800 in Grampian alone).