“I am very pleased to have been part of Scottish salmon farming – one of the greatest private sector economic success stories in the Highlands and Islands in the last 50 years.”
Wester Ross Salmon Managing Director Gilpin Bradley is retiring, the company announced in a press release on Friday.
Bradley was managing director of the salmon producer for 33 years – a company his father co-founded in 1977.
With a business degree from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Gilpin was Managing Director of Wester Ross Salmon for 33 years – a company his father Robin co-founded in 1977.
He is also former chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (now Salmon Scotland).
Gilpin was awarded 2022 Ambassador of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards, having also won the accolade in 2013.
“I am very pleased to have been part of Scottish salmon farming – one of the greatest private sector economic success stories in the Highlands and Islands in the last 50 years,” said Bradley.
“Wester Ross has survived many challenging cycles by having a strong commitment from my dedicated team, some of whom are now third generation. Our focus on all natural artisan farming practices has created an enviable brand, and our unique approach is greatly appreciated by our long-standing loyal customers.”
In 2022, Wester Ross Salmon was sold to the world’s largest salmon farming company, Mowi, with Bradley continuing through the ownership transition as Business Development Director, Farming Scotland, and Managing Director of Wester Ross Salmon.
Ben Hadfield, COO at Mowi Scotland was fulsome in his praise for Bradley:
“Gilpin is such a respected and admired leader, with many farmers having learned their trade from Gilpin directly, he said. “His experience spans every part of the business’s value chain and is a key reason for the growth and success of the Wester Ross Salmon brand. I wish Gilpin the best for his very well-deserved retirement.”
Bradley founded the Wester Ross Salmon Education Trust to help pupils of Ullapool High School achieve their full career potential. He has been praised for a commitment in investing in the next generation of students interested in following a sustainable lifestyle in aquaculture, environmental studies or STEM subjects.
Bradley will remain available to Mowi and the team at Wester Ross.