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Seafood producer announces senior leadership appointment

By William Dodds

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Whitby Seafoods produces more than a million portions of scampi every week. Credit: Getty / David Linkie
Whitby Seafoods produces more than a million portions of scampi every week. Credit: Getty / David Linkie

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Whitby Seafoods has announced an appointment to bolster its finance and senior leadership teams.

The UK-based scampi manufacturer confirmed this month (November 2023) that Carol Gee has joined the firm’s board as the new finance director.

Gee, a chartered accountant, brings with her a wealth of experience in finance and management, and has previously worked for a diverse range of businesses across the FMCG, manufacturing and retail sectors.

As part of the new role, Gee will play an active role on the Whitby Seafoods board. This will involve contributing to the company’s overall strategy, with a specific focus driving financial performance in line with business objectives and overseeing the development of the finance and HR teams.

The recruitment process was led by finance recruitment specialist Headstar.

Founded in 1985, Whitby Seafoods remains an independent, family-run business that employs 400 people and has an annual turnover of £65m. The manufacturer operates two sites – the first its headquarters in Whitby, Yorkshire, and a second in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland.

Every week it produces more than a million portions of scampi, supplying own label and branded products to supermarkets, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The firm recently abandoned its attempted acquisition of Kilhorne Bay​ as a result of a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the deal.

Whitby Seafoods remain extremely excited for the future

On the appointment of Gee, Whitby Seafood’s managing director, Daniel Whittle, said that she was fired due to her “proven track record when it comes to driving financial performance and business growth, both in the UK and internationally, and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team​”.

Whittle added: “Despite the challenging backdrop in the UK of late, we remain extremely excited for the future as we look to continue our growth trajectory. Carol’s extensive experience, together with her strategic vision, will undoubtedly be instrumental in helping us to reach new heights​.”

In other news, meat-free manufacturer VFC has announced the launch of two new products as it seeks to grow its presence.

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