Libby Woodhatch leaving to take up new head of advocacy role at Seafish
Seafood Scotland's chief executive Libby Woodhatch has been named as the new head of advocacy at Seafish.
Woodhatch has been chief executive of industry body Seafood Scotland for the past nine years.
Seafood Scotland was set up by the fishing industry in 1999 with the view to increasing the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.
In her time with the organisation, Woodhatch has implemented business and environmental support programmes to raise the industry's profile and help maintain its competitiveness.
Chair of the Seafood Scotland Board Iain McSween said: “We are disappointed that Libby is moving and recognise the tremendous work she has undertaken for the Scottish seafood sector.
“We will miss her input, as will the entire industry, but wish her well for the future within the newly structured Seafish.”
Seafish chief executive Paul Williams said: “We are delighted that Libby has chosen to move to a new role in Seafish.
“The position reflects the industry’s wishes for us to focus on working closely with them and building strong ties that will endure as we kick start our new strategy and work programmes.
“Libby’s character and extensive experience within the industry make her an excellent addition to the team and we have every confidence Libby will play a key part in our future plans.
“In Scotland, the established model of Seafish working with Seafood Scotland to ensure regional delivery still remains, continuing to support the industry’s thinking on how they can best be served by us.”
Seafish, founded in 1981 by an Act of Parliament, is the pan-industry body which supports the industries linked to the Scottish fishing industry and is funded by a levy on sales of landed seafood.
Its remit includes supporting and improving the environmental sustainability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the industry, as well as promoting sustainably-sourced seafood.
These services include technical research and development, responsible sourcing initiatives, economic consulting, market research, industry accreditation, safety training for fishermen and legislative advice.
Woodhatch leaves Seafood Scotland at the end of June and will take up her new role with Seafish in September.