Our People


Mary Fraser

Head of Skills and Talent, SAIC / WiSA Co-Secretary

Mary qualified as a vet 24 years ago and has worked in both general practice and academia. As well as Mary's role as Head of Skills and Talent at SAIC, she is the Co-Secretary of WiSA.


Susan Ward

PA and Office Manager, SAIC / WiSA Co-Secretary

Susan is SAIC’s Office Manager and PA to the CEO, Heather Jones. A Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, her specialist skills include recruitment and selection, project management and customer service delivery. As WiSA Co-Secretary, she enjoys taking part in the delivery of WiSA activities because it is great fun and very energising to help people get together to grow in their careers and support each other on the way.


Teresa Garzon

Key Account Manager, Patogen / WiSA Chair

Teresa has a degree and PhD in biology and biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. With previous experience in academia, she has now been working in the aquaculture industry for 10 years from both perspectives – producer and supplier. Her special area of interest, however, has always been fish health and disease prevention, with the view of making the industry more sustainable.

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Marie Smedley

Senior Breeding Programme Manager, Xelect / WiSA Advisory Group

Marie has a PhD in salmon biology from the University of Stirling and works as a Senior Breeding Programme Manager for Xelect Ltd. Although her career takes her all around the world, her favourite place to live and work is still Scotland.


Matilda Lomas

Biology and Cleaner Fish Coordinator, Scottish Salmon Company / WiSA Advisory Group

Matilda is the Biology and Cleanerfish Coordinator for The Scottish Salmon Company. She lives in the Isle of Harris so the importance to Scottish communities of employment through aquaculture was made even clearer when she joined the industry as a newcomer in 2014. Matilda is passionate about providing inclusive and empowering spaces for girls and women.

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Donald Waring

Learning and Development Manager, Mowi / WiSA Advisory Group

Donald is a Charted Fellow of the CIPD with over 30 years' experience in developing people and talent acquisition. He is very excited to be part of the WiSA group and is looking forward to continuing to attract and develop women in aquaculture.

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Helena Reinardy

Teaching Fellow and Researcher, SAMS / WiSA Advisory Group

Dr Helena Reinardy is a marine biologist and ecotoxicologist with extensive experience in biology of fish and marine invertebrates applied to various industries such as aquaculture, fisheries, environmental risk and safety, industrial waste management, and regulatory toxicology.


Heather Jones

CEO, SAIC / WiSA Advisory Group

Heather Jones has an MA in geography, and an MBA. As part of an extensive career in the UK civil service, Heather was Deputy Director in Marine Scotland from 2007-2010, where she was responsible for aquaculture and marine licensing.

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Hazel Peat

Events & Marketing Manager, SAIC

Hazel has a degree in Business Languages and Business Management from Napier University and has over 14 years of marketing and communications experience. She helps manage the WiSA events and provides social media, website and other marketing support for WiSA, in addition to her role at SAIC.


Benedikte Ranum

Head of Marketing and Communications, SAIC

Originally from Norway, Benedikte has spent more than half of her life in Scotland. Her PhD from the University of Stirling followed on from a BA (1st Class) from Liverpool Uni. Before joining SAIC in 2018, she was Communications Manager at Robertson Group, and also worked for many years as a freelance translator within the aquaculture sector.