As much as it is important to ensure that the infrastructure of the business is sound and equal to the business & environmental needs, it is equally important that the management team and operational staff are of a caliber that not only can they fulfil their job requirements to a very high level, but also give confidence to our customers, shareholders and other interested parties that the business is well managed and meets if not exceeds the business expectations.
As with any farming business, the care we offer the live animals in our keeping and the service we offer our customers is dependent on the dedication and expertise of our small team. Our company philosophy is that all staff involved in caring for our salmon must have the competence, authority and confidence to make decisions involving their day to day welfare. This is achieved through training, motivation and education, and taking pride in everything they do.
John Russell joined the company in November 2007 bringing with him a wealth of experience having spent over thirty years working at senior levels for a multi-national aquaculture business.
In his previous position, John oversaw the management of over 44 seawater farms producing in excess of 40,000 tonnes of prime Atlantic salmon per year. One of John’s main strengths has been in organising and directing key initiatives and turnaround situations, skills that have been frequently used in the global arena of aquaculture.
Originally from a land based agri-business background, Norman joins Glenarm Organic Salmon from Invest NI where he spent a number of years as a Client Executive in the Food Team with responsibility for supporting the development of businesses in the proteins sector, with specific focus on fish and red-meat. He has almost 30 year’s senior management experience in the agri-food industry which included many years as the Economic Services Manager with the Milk Marketing Board for Northern Ireland and subsequently United Dairy Farmers. Having then spent a number of years as Chief Executive of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, immediately prior to joining Invest NI, Norman headed up the Economic Development function at Ballymoney Borough Council.
Nigel McClure who is originally from Antrim has lived in Glenarm for the past 22 years. He has been with the Company since its establishment.
Nigel’s formative years in the aquaculture sector included duties in net maintenance and supervising in a salmon processing plant. In 2002 he transferred to seawater where he very quickly found his sea legs and became an integral part of the seawater team. In 2008 Nigel was promoted to assistant farm manager with Glenarm Organic Salmon and then to farm manager in 2010. He is very much involved in the day to day management of our farms.
Jamie is originally from Stranraer in Scotland and has been a farm technician with the Company since its establishment.
Jamie spends his free time getting involved in many sporting activities such as football, rugby & athletics.
Dan is from Glenariff. He joined the company in January 2015 having previously worked as a mechanic. When not at sea, Dan’s passion is repairing cars and vintage tractors although he also enjoys fishing and farming.
Clare started with the company in December 2008.
Clare is normally the voice behind the phone dealing with day to day enquiries whilst also ensuring that all administrative activities run smoothly.
Ian is also from Glenarm and joined the Company in March 2012. He is a part-time farmer and his main sporting interests are darts and weight training. In February 2015 Ian was promoted to the position of Assistant Farm Manager.
Richard is another Glenarm man who has a great love for and knowledge of the sea. He has a degree in Marine Science, plays the guitar and is into sport.
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