Aquascot Appoints New Chairman

Aquascot is an award-winning seafood supplier based in Alness, in the Highlands. The company achieved 100 per cent employee-ownership in 2016 and has been processing salmon and trout for more than 30 years, partnering with UK top-end retailer Waitrose as their dedicated supplier. In 2021 they won the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) trophy for excellence in people development at the SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards. In 2022 they won employer of the year at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

Following 3 years on the Aquascot Board as Chair, Simon Fowler will be succeeded in April by Fred Bowden. His appointment has been overseen by the Trust Board Nominations Committee, the Aquascot Board and the Chair of Partnership Council.

Simon Fowler, Chair of Aquascot Trust:“I am delighted Fred has been appointed to the role following a detailed process involving a broad range of partners from around the Aquascot business. Fred brings a wealth of valuable experience from the world of manufacturing and employee ownership.”

Fred worked at employee-owned business, The Tullis Russell Group for just under 30 years in the roles of General Manager, Group CEO and most latterly as Chairman. Prior to this Fred was at the paper company Arjo Wiggins Appleton where he rose to the position of divisional director of distribution in the Fine Papers division.

For 10 years Fred was also Chairman of the employee owned Childbase Partnership Board, responsible for the monitoring of the management board in relation to the agreed strategies and business plans and the development of both the elected employee directors and the three non-executive directors. He was also Non-Executive Board member of trust-based Aberdeen Harbour board where he was a member of the remuneration committee, chair of the audit committee and a pension trustee.

Fred Bowden, Chairman:“I’m looking forward to taking on this exciting role. I am fully committed to the ideals of employee ownership and believe it is part of my DNA. My first introduction to employee ownership was with The Tullis Russell Group when we embarked on an employee buyout from the Russell family, convincing me that this was a better way to do business from both the company and employee’s perspective. I look forward to supporting Aquascot on both its commercial and employee ownership journey.”

Simon will continue to hold strong links with Aquascot as Chair of the Aquascot Trust, a role he took up in 2023 following the retirement of co-founder, Dennis Overton.

Latest News

View all