The SAIC Board is industry-led. It comprises our Chair, Jack Perry; four members from within the aquaculture industry; one representative from the University of Stirling (recognising its role as our administrative hub); and one member from the academic community.

Representatives from the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise/Highlands and Islands Enterprise also sit on the Board.

The Board is supported by SAIC’s Independent Scientific Panel and the SAIC Consortium, as well as our Operations Team.

Jack Perry
Chair

Jack Perry

Jack Perry is chairman of London-listed ICG-Longbow Senior Debt Ltd and European Assets Trust NV, listed in London and Amsterdam.

Jack is a former Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, and was instrumental in the creation of Scotland Food and Drink. Prior to that, he was the managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP in Glasgow. Jack is a former Chairman of the CBI Scotland.

Jack has a BSc in Pure Science and is a Chartered Accountant.

Stephen Cameron
Industry representative

Stephen Cameron

Stephen Cameron has over 20 years’ experience working in the aquaculture and seafood industries and is Managing Director of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG).

Stephen is on the management committee of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers and is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Shellfish Forum.

Stephen’s work in developing and promoting the Scottish farmed shellfish sector was recognised at the Crown Estate Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards 2013 where he won the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award.

Paddy Campbell
Industry representative

Paddy Campbell

Appointed Managing Director of BioMar in June 2016, Paddy has held various senior level positions with the feed specialists: Global R&D Director (2011 to 2016); R&D Manager of the Salmon Division (2007 to 2011), Mediterranean Division (2005 to 2007) and UK (2003 to 2007); and Product Developer (1998 to 2003).

Paddy has a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Dundee and a BSc Hons in Marine and Environmental Biology from University of St Andrews.

 

Jim Gallagher
Industry representative

Jim Gallagher

Jim Gallagher has been Managing Director in Scottish Sea Farms since September 2001. He has worked in the aquaculture industry since 1998, and his previous role was Finance Director with Hydro Seafood Group. He was part of the team responsible for selling Hydro Seafood to the current owners Norskott Havbruk. JIm is educated in Management Accounting and attended Glasgow College. Board appointments: Scottish Sea Farms Ltd, SSPO, SQS, FCI, and industry representative on the Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture.

Ben Hadfield
Industry representative

Ben Hadfield

Ben is both Managing Director of Marine Harvest Scotland and Chief Operating Officer of Marine Harvest’s fish feed segment. His former roles include Production Manager at Marine Harvest (2007 to 2013) and Technical Chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (2012 to 2013).

Prior to that, Ben was Technical & HSEQ Manager (2004 to 2007) and Environmental Manager (2000 to 2004) at Marine Harvest Scotland.

He holds degrees from the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester.

Heather Jones
SAIC CEO

Heather Jones

Heather Jones has an MA (Geography) and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. For 25 years she worked for the Scottish Office, Scottish Executive, Locate in Scotland and the Scottish Government as a Senior Civil Servant providing strategic policy direction to Ministerial teams from all four major political parties in Scotland. Heather was Deputy Director in Marine Scotland responsible for aquaculture in 2007-2010.

Sophie Lowry
Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) representative

Sophie Lowry

Sophie Lowry joined the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) as a Senior Policy Officer in the Research and Innovation Directorate in March 2014. After graduating from Macalester College with a BA, Sophie came to the UK and obtained an MSc in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Sophie held a variety of management and administrative roles in externally-funded collaborative centres based at the University of Edinburgh before joining the SFC.

David Oxley
Acting Director of Business and Sector Development with Highlands and Islands Enterprise

David Oxley

David Oxley is Acting Director of Business and Sector Development with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Originally from County Durham, David qualified as an accountant working in industry in the early 1990s, then spent 15 years at a senior level in London and the East Midlands.

He joined HIE in 2004 as Head of Operations in Lochaber, based in Fort William. In 2011, he became the agency’s Area Manager for Moray.

John Rogers
University of Stirling representative

John Rogers

John Rogers has worked in Higher Education management and administration for over 20 years. He is currently Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Stirling where he has responsibility for an integrated portfolio covering strategy and policy, grant and contract funding, research assessment, researcher development, research governance and integrity, knowledge exchange, intellectual property and commercialisation. He has strong interests in research policy, funding and assessment, and economic, social and community development.

Geoff Simm
Academic representative

Geoff Simm

Geoff Simm is Assistant Principal and Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Edinburgh. This is one of five Global Academies that aim to galvanise interdisciplinary teaching, research and translation – across the University and with partners – on key global challenges.

Prior to taking up this role in 2016, Geoff was involved in animal breeding and wider agricultural research, education and knowledge exchange in SRUC and its forebears, and held a variety of leadership roles in SRUC – latterly as Vice Principal Research.

Geoff is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

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