Our People


Mary Fraser

Head of Skills and Talent, SAIC

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 Secretary of WiSA.


Teresa Garzon

Key Account Manager, Patogen

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

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.


Heather Jones


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.