Aquaculture in Scotland Challenge - Competition Judges


Tavish Scott is Chief Executive of Salmon Scotland. He previously was Head of External Affairs for Scottish Rugby (2019-20) and MSP for Shetland (1999-2019). He served as a Government Minister in various portfolios, held various parliamentary positions and is a former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Tavish is non-executive director of Shetland Space Centre and is on the board of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of the UK Wide People for Places Group, and a visiting Professor for the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University. Tavish has an Honours degree in Business Management from Napier Edinburgh University.


Mary is Head of Skills & Talent at the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). She has 25 years' experience of the veterinary world, as both an academic and clinician. She has worked in further and higher education, contributed to various committees, and published over 90 papers and conference proceedings.  

Within aquaculture her main focus is on the creation of opportunities for young people to join the sector and wider supply chain.  

I’m really looking forward to reviewing the entries, seeing different ideas, and range of topics that are included.” 


Liz is the Scotland Director of Lantra, an organisation committed to the development and support of skills in Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture sectors. Lantra is also heavily involved in the promotion of these sectors as positive and rewarding career options; stimulating investment in learning and skills development. 

Prior to taking on this role Liz was Head of Natural and Applied Science for Inverness College UHI. With an academic background in plant science, Liz holds a degree in Botany and PhD in Agronomy. In 2011 she gained an MBE for her work engaging young people in STEM, setting up and running the Inverness Science Festival and STEMinars. 


Alastair is the Chief Executive Officer of SSERC, an organisation that offers a broad portfolio of services, principally in support of the STEM areas of the curriculum, including; provision of Professional Learning for early years, primary and secondary teachers, school and college technicians, childminders and community learning and development officers; The Advisory Service supporting safe STEM-based practical classroom activities, and a range of STEM engagement activities including the Young STEM Leader programme, the STEM Ambassador Programme in Scotland, Education and Industry Partnerships.

Alastair is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Scottish Mentoring Network and the Institute of Food Science and Technology, where he chairs the Education Committee and the Volunteers’ Advisory Committee, and an active STEM Ambassador.