Ronnie Soutar, formally Director of Veterinary Services at University of Edinburgh, has taken the helm as our new Managing Director.
Speaking about his new role, Ronnie said: “Aqualife is making significant practical improvements in fish health and welfare at the moment, things I truly believe in, which made this an incredibly exciting opportunity for me. I am really looking forward to working with the team to manage the business growth and support its ambitious plans for diversification into new areas and geographies within the global aquaculture marketplace, where its proposition is strong.”
Ronnie is the President of the British Veterinary Association’s Scottish Branch and a Board member of the SSPCA, has joined founder and Chief Executive, Gordon Jeffrey, to lead the business during this exciting phase of growth, which will see Aqualife develop from its current position as market leader in fish vaccination to a major force in commercial fish health and welfare worldwide.
Gordon, said: “We have a real passion for fish welfare, and it’s at the heart of what Aqualife stands for, therefore Ronnie’s experience in both fish health and the management of large organisations makes him perfectly suited to taking on the role of managing our business as we gear up for growth. His appointment underpins our focus on best practice and professionalism, and our vision to lead and pioneer the industry.”
Ronnie started his career in fish health and welfare after completing a post-graduate degree in Aquatic Pathobiology at Stirling University in 1989. One of the first in-house fish vets in Scottish salmon farming, Ronnie moved into production management with what is now Scottish Sea Farms and developed his management career as Director of Veterinary Services at University of Edinburgh, where he significantly increased the commercial activities of the veterinary hospitals.