The first meeting of the Seafish Scottish Advisory Committee (SSAC) meeting will take place later this month. This committee, which was formed late last year, is the last piece in the jigsaw of Seafish's national and regional delivery programme. The new committee will deliver a service similar to the committees in Northern Ireland and Wales, but with its own Scottish perspective. The SSAC is a priority for the Scottish Government, as outlined in its Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 released in September 2017, and Scottish government representatives will attend meetings.
The committee will be chaired by Mike Park, Seafish Board member and Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producer's Association. Appointments to the committee were made following an external recruitment process, with a focus on ensuring appropriate representation at a sector level and geographically across Scotland. Members bring a wealth of experience from across the seafood supply chain and the full list of members can be found below.
The primary role of the SSAC will be to ensure the effective delivery of Seafish services for the benefit of the Scottish sector across the supply chain. Committee members will be responsible for setting the annual work programme for the Seafish team in Scotland in line with the Seafish Corporate Plan for 2018 to 2021 but also to support the delivery of Ambition 2030 - a strategic plan to cement food and drink as Scotland's most valuable industry. Ambition 2030 is focused on opportunities to more than double turnover in the food and drink sector to reach £30 billion by 2030; clearly seafood is an integral element in this strategy.
The annual plan for 2018/2019 will be discussed at the first meeting in January and will likely include Scottish specific initiatives such as improving skills and training in the sector, investing in innovative research and leveraging the UK wide spend that Seafish invests in marketing, responsible sourcing, regulatory support and economic research.
Finally, recognising that integration across the supply chain is critical to our overarching goal of creating a thriving seafood sector in Scotland; Seafood Scotland will attend each meeting in an observer capacity. The SSAC is expected to meet up to three times a year.
For more infomation please contact Jess Sparks - Jeremy.Sparks@seafish.co.uk
SSAC members list:
Mike Park (Chair), Seafish Board & Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producer's Association
Jimmy Buchan, Scottish Seafood Association / Amity Fish Ltd - Owner MFV Amity
Michael Clark, Director Nor-Sea Foods/International Fish Canners - Director
Nick Lake, Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers & Consultant - Director
John Anderson, Scottish Fishermen's Organisation - CEO
Anne-Margaret Anderson, Scottish White Fish Producers Association - Policy Manager
Leslie Tait, Shetland Fishermen's Association - Chairman
Yvonne Rae, George Campbell and Sons Ltd - Sales Director
Lynne Forman, Macduff Shellfish - Procurement Director
Phil Nickells, Young's Seafoods - Managing Director Livingston
Colin Hinds, Restaurant Owner (The Kilted Lobster) & Chef