Our Board Members

Stuart Cannon

Stuart is a stalwart member of UK Aquaculture, over the years sitting on many boards - SAOS, Scottish Salmon Producers, BTA, SAMS, SEPA, FEAP and local community and environmental groups. He pioneered fresh water cage culture in 1975 and all female stock; then helped to develop the triploid strain, to use them commercially. Stuart also established the transfer of rainbow trout to full salt water. He is an ambassador and spokesperson for Scottish Trout.

Alison Hutchins - Farming Director, Dawnfresh Farming Ltd

Alison Hutchins has 17 years’ experience in aquaculture working across several different organisations such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), The Scottish Salmon Company and Mowi (formally Marine Harvest Scotland). She has a strong understanding of regulatory process, as well as developing strategies for site development and business growth.

Oliver Robinson

Oliver started trout farming in 1977 working for Test Valley Trout. He has been involved with the BTA board for 20 years and has represented the Table Sector, QTUK and has held the posts of vice chairman and chairman.
Oliver has been very involved in vaccine development and disease research for the industry.

Dr Peter Scott FRCVS

A veterinary surgeon based in Winchester who obtained his MSc at University of Stirling in 1978. He has worked with the trout industry ever since and provides veterinary support for most of the English industry including all of the largest farms. He is a founder member of the Fish Veterinary Society and its President for 3 years. He provided the template for the standard CEFAS issued biosecurity / health plan, and has supported BTA for many years advising on drugs, welfare, disease, biosecurity etc, joining the board in 2018. He is a member of the DEFRA England Implementation Group, and the Veterinary Products Committee. He has lectured internationally on fish, and delivered an excruciating after-dinner speech at the Two Lakes conference.

Tim Small

Tim has been trout farming in Gloucestershire since 1974 and has sat on the NFU Fish Farming Committee, which then became BTA, since 1977. He currently represents the Restocking Sector and holds the portfolio for Welfare, Environment and Water Reform. Tim is also actively involved in Predation Issues.

Stephen Wood

After completing a B.Sc. (Hons) in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from Sparsholt College Hampshire in 2000, Steve joined a small restocking trout farm in Hampshire. He then moved up to the management of a large trout restocking farm in Berkshire. After purchasing his own trout farm in Pembrokeshire, he worked closely with the Welsh Assembly Government, and produced Welsh Trout for Morrisons, wholesalers, farmers markets and the restocking market. It was during this time that he was co-opted on to the British Trout Association’s council to represent the Welsh Trout Industry and was later elected to represent the restocking industry for England and Wales. Steve also sat on the panel that decided who was granted European Fisheries Fund monies, acting as the Aquaculture expert on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. In 2016 he joined Skretting as a Technical Sales Advisor.

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