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Salmon Farming Stalwart Gilpin Bradley Retires

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After a lifetime in Scottish salmon farming, veteran Gilpin Bradley is retiring.

With a business degree from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Gilpin was Managing Director of Wester Ross Salmon for 33 years – a company his father Robin co-founded in 1977.

He was also former chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (now Salmon Scotland).

Gilpin was awarded 2022 Ambassador of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards.

The same award was also bestowed to Gilpin in 2013. 

The Wester Ross Salmon Education Trust was founded by Gilpin, to help pupils of Ullapool High School achieve their full career potential.

The Trust’s legacy is a demonstration of Gilpin’s commitment to invest in the next generation of students who wish to pursue a sustainable lifestyle and a rewarding career in aquaculture, environmental studies, or STEM subjects.

In June 2022, Wester Ross Salmon was sold to the world’s largest salmon farming company, Mowi, with Gilpin continuing through the ownership transition as Business Development Director, Farming Scotland, and Managing Director of Wester Ross Salmon. 

Ben Hadfield, COO at Mowi Scotland, says:

“Gilpin is such a respected and admired leader, with many farmers having learned their trade from Gilpin directly.

“His experience spans every part of the business’s value chain and is a key reason for the growth and success of the Wester Ross Salmon brand.

“He is a charming artisan, which is supported by the grit, resilience and know-how needed to meet all the challenges of farming salmon in Wester Ross for over three decades.

“I wish Gilpin the best for his very well-deserved retirement.” 

Gilpin says:

“I am very pleased to have been part of Scottish salmon farming – one of the greatest private sector economic success stories in the Highlands and Islands in the last 50 years.

“Wester Ross has survived many challenging cycles by having a strong commitment from my dedicated team, some of whom are now third generation.

“Our focus on all natural artisan farming practices has created an enviable brand, and our unique approach is greatly appreciated by our long-standing loyal customers.”

Gilpin will remain available to Mowi and the team at Wester Ross.

Looking to retirement, Gilpin expects to spend time focusing on his current health challenges, supporting his two teenage daughters and finally achieving a sensible work-life balance!

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