Stewart Graham, Gael Force Group, group managing director

AQUACULTURE equipment and technology supply partner Gael Force Group has announced new appointments to its board of directors as it implements a new five-year growth strategy.

It comes on the back of a period of growth which saw sales climb from £17.1m in 2016 to £41.5m in 2019. 

The Inverness-headquartered firm said it expected to lead to a similar rate of growth as the previous 4 years, with more than a doubling of sales and its workforce over the 5-year period.

The new strategy coincides with key appointments to the Gael Force Group board and the retirement of two of its directors. 

Retiring this September from Gael Force Fusion after nearly 20 years of service is operations director Iain Forbes. 

He said: I am certain that the company will continue to go from strength to strength in the forthcoming years and that it is clearly in the very best of hands. I wish everyone at Gael Force Group all the very best in the next exciting chapter of the business.”

Stewart Graham, group managing director, said: “Iain leaves behind a tremendous legacy in the aquaculture sector, to Argyll and the west coast of Scotland as well as a team and ownership which will see the company develop and grow further into the future. It truly feels like the end of one era and the beginning of another.”

Group sales director Jamie Young and group production director Stephen Offord have both been promoted to the Gael Force Group board.

New group finance director Robert Foster who has joined the group from Halliburton, replaces the outgoing Tim Phillips, who is retiring after almost 8 years of service

Commenting on the new strategy, Mr Graham said, We move forward with every confidence that our new strategic aims and ambitions to be world class, will provide us with a stronger footing to be even more competitive, more innovative and value adding to the market and uphold our reputation for being a trusted partner to our long standing customers, both in Scotland, Canada and in our target export markets.”