Roy appointed managing director at Macduff Shellfish

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MACDUFF Shellfish, based in Mintlaw, has appointed a new Managing Director.

Roy Cunningham, who has 25 years experience in the industry, takes on the role as the company splits the Managing Director and chairman roles.

Roy joins from Waitrose supplier and Young’s Seafood-owned operation, Macrae Edinburgh, which he has headed up for the past ten years.

Before taking up the post in Edinburgh, Roy led the Macrae businesses in Peterhead and Inverurie and was part of the Fraserburgh team.

Roy said: “Joining Macduff Shellfish was just too good an opportunity for me to pass up. It’s a solid business with a great deal of future potential and I look forward to working closely with the Beatons to realise their ambitious plans.”

Owned by the Beaton family and run by brothers Euan, Paul and Fergus. Macduff Shellfish exports to Europe and the Far East, as well as supplying the UK market. It primarily trades in native UK species of shellfish.

Euan Beaton, who will retain his role as Chairman, said: “Over the past 10 years we’ve quadrupled the business and have ambitious plans for the future. To help us achieve our plans we recognised that we needed to bring in someone to help manage the business. Together with Roy, Paul, Fergus and I have the perfect blend of skills to truly drive the company forward while remaining true to the culture and heritage that we’ve carefully built up over many years.”

“By bringing Roy in, it will allow me the time to focus on developing strategic relationships to take Macduff Shellfish to the next level.”

Roy will take up the appointment April 23.

Macduff Shellfish was set up in 1985 in Macduff to buy and sell live shellfish direct from local fishermen for freight to France.

The factory in Mintlaw was bought in 1996.