Proud to be Aquascot

Responsibly sourced, nourishing and delicious fish from passionate people in the Scottish Highlands – this is our story.

Our Community

Our successes come from our people, our people come from our local community.

Aquascot is a major employer in this region of Scotland, and we take that responsibility very seriously. The importance we place in the success and prosperity of this community is based on our knowledge that it takes more than a job to make a happy, healthy lifestyle.

As an employee-owned business, every achievement on our journey is an achievement shared by all.

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Leadership Team

Working closely with our Partnership Council, the Leadership Team are responsible for the ongoing growth and prosperity of the business – while ensuring we hold true to our core values.

As an employee-owned business, the relationship between our partners' and the LT is collaborative, productive and attuned to the needs and ambitions of everyone who works for Aquascot.

John Housego

John Housego

Managing Director

With service as a non-executive director since 2008 in Aquascot Trust Board, John joined the Aquascot executive team in March 2020.

John has over 30 years of experience in various leadership positions within global businesses as diverse as medical products, textiles, plastics and graphics arts film, with 22 years within an employee-owned business. He is a passionate champion for engagement at work especially in the employee-owned sector and sits on the board of Scotland for Employee Ownership Industry Leadership Group.

Favourite product: Lightly Smoked Salmon Fillets

Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas

Operations Director

Craig joined Aquascot in 2016, and this is his first foray into the food & drink sector.

His operational experience and passion for CI has helped Aquascot improve our performance in many key areas and he is always looking for new ways to improve our working environment and business performance.

Favourite product: Lightly Smoked Salmon Fillets

Simon Wrench

Simon Wrench

Finance Director

Simon joined Aquascot in July 2019. He brings 20 years of finance experience from a background in financial services and latterly in the food & drink sector.

Working in partnership with the Aquascot Leadership Team he shapes the future direction and long terms plans for Aquascot. Day to day his focus centres on maximising business efficiency through planning as well as challenging and improving existing performance, processes and systems.

Favourite product: Lightly Smoked Salmon Fillets

Syed Farhat Raza

Syed Farhat Raza

Head of Technical

Farhat has been working in the food manufacturing environment since 1986, in various organisations, at national and internal levels, from middle manager to senior positions, predominantly in technical roles.

He strongly believes that cultivating food safety culture in the organisation is the right direction to maximise overall food safety.

Favourite product: Trout with Soy & Ginger Glaze

Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson

Head of Sales, Marketing & NPD

One of the latest additions to the business, Andy joined Aquascot in January 2019. He leads our Innovation team, tying together Commercial and NPD thinking.

His 20 years of retail experience, from supermarket shop-floor through to Senior Buying Manager, brings a valuable insight to the team.

Favourite product: Thai Salmon Fishcakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce

David Chapman

David Chapman

Head of Procurement

With a background in IT and technology & knowledge transfer, David spent almost a decade working very closely with businesses across the Highlands and Islands and helping them to develop and innovate through linking with Scottish universities. Some of the most exciting companies and projects to work with were in the food & drink sector so when the opportunity arose to work with one such company David jumped at the chance.

David joined Aquascot in 2013 as part of the Commercial team before going on to head up that department until early 2019. Since then he has headed up the Procurement function and he and his team are responsible for the purchasing and planning of all fish, packaging, ingredients, utilities and consumables for the business as well as additional supply chains in to retail customers. His previous experience in sales means he is acutely aware of the customers’ demands and expectations of always having the right material available at the right time.

Favourite product: Rosemary & Garlic Salmon Fillets

Ed Ley-Wilson

Ed Ley-Wilson

Head of Aquaculture

As an ex-salmon farmer and community activist in the Highlands, Ed is Aquascot’s eyes and ears across both the salmon and trout supply chain and into the heart of the Waitrose CSR team. His role champions a collaborative working environment promoting values and creating change around fish welfare, environmental impact, feed sustainability and fish farm worker safety.

Sitting at the heart of the Aquascot ‘HUB’, Ed’s department works to understand their core customer’s ambition and translate that into action on up to 200 farms across the Aquascot portfolio. Informed by his team’s ‘feet on the farm’ assessments and by connections with academia, industry bodies, regulatory authorities, NGOs and a range of 3rd party certifications, Ed also contributes to the Scottish Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group responsible for creating a sustainable growth trajectory for Scottish aquaculture to 2030 and beyond.

Favourite product: Rosemary & Garlic Salmon Fillets

Anne Allen

Anne Allen

Head of Human Resources

Anne joined the Aquascot team in 2015. She began her career in London and has worked mainly with HR retail and manufacturing sector. In her current role she is accountable for driving improvements through a range of ‘people’ initiatives, with the welfare of partners at the core of the ‘People Strategy’.

Favourite product: Lightly Smoked Salmon Fillets

Rachel Hannah

Rachel Hannah

Compliance Manager / Chair of Partnership Council

As part of the Technical team, Rachel ensures that Aquascot maintains compliance to regulatory and customer requirements, with regards to food safety, the BRC Global Standard in Food Safety and product quality. Having joined Aquascot in 2016 – after a move back to the Highlands where she grew up – she has continued to implement improvements to ensure the company operates at the highest levels of best practice.

Rachel was elected to be Chair of the Partnership Council in 2018, and has worked to improve its profile and effectiveness, ensuring that all Partners have a voice. She is a non-executive director on the Industry Leadership Group, Scotland for Employee Ownership.

Favourite product: Salmon En Croute with Spinach & Cheese