L-R Jim Gallagher managing director with Northern Isles regional manager Richard Darbyshire with MD Jim Gallagher

SCOTTISH Sea Farms has announced a series of new roles.

Richard Darbyshire, who was previously regional manager for Orkney, has been named Northern Isles regional manager with responsibility for the company’s Shetland and Orkney farms, and will be supported by two new area managers.

It’s part of a restructure aimed at helping Scottish Sea Farms in its quest to set a new benchmark for sustainability in the sector and will see the company’s three existing farming regions consolidated into two: the Northern Isles and mainland Scotland.

Commenting on the move, Jim Gallagher, Scottish Sea Farms’ managing director, said: “Richard has been instrumental in the stand-out results achieved on Orkney.

“We’re now looking to Richard to bring this same unwavering focus on fish health and appreciation of the local environment to our Shetland farms, helping identify and make the necessary changes to bring about similar scale improvements as achieved on Orkney.”

Mr Darbyshire, who will divide his time between Orkney and Shetland, said: “I’m ready and raring to go in terms of helping the Shetland team achieve consistently high standards across all farms and functions, infrastructure, equipment, staffing, health and safety, reporting, training and development.”