Patrick Hughes appointed new head of Seafood Scotland
Patrick Hughes has been appointed as the new head of industry trade body, Seafood Scotland.
Hughes, a former senior food and drink consultant with SAC Consulting – the consultancy arm of Scotland’s Rural College – takes over the role from Graham Young who left in August 2015 to take on the role of industry development director at Scotland Food and Drink.
Seafood Scotland has operated without an appointed head since Young’s departure, though the trade body has since worked directly with the chairman and board to promote Scottish Seafood across international and domestic markets.
Hughes spent more than 20 years of his career working in the seafood industry, primarily in the North East, and he led the Scottish Government-funded Think Local programme.
He also led the development of Connect Local, Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service which launched in July of last year, comprising SAC Consulting, Scotland Food & Drink, the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society and Seafood Scotland.
Commenting on Hughes’ appointment, Seafood Scotland chairman Iain Macsween, said: “Patrick’s knowledge of the Seafood sector, alongside his experience of helping businesses develop and grow, made him the natural choice for the role.
“The Seafood Scotland board looks forward to working with Patrick not only to develop further international opportunities for Scotland’s seafood industry, but also to grow the home market – encouraging chefs and trade suppliers in the UK to source top quality seafood from domestic shores.”
Seafood Scotland was set up in 1999 “by the industry for the industry” with a view to building market share in domestic and overseas markets.