We’re excited to announce that The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) employee Brandon Clements has been shortlisted for a Young Director Award by the Institute of Directors Scotland (IoD).
Brandon (20) is one of four finalists for the prestigious title, which recognises young directors who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial and leadership skills within their role. A Senior Marine Operative at SSC’s Gigha site by day, Brandon‘s voluntary role as a director of the community-owned Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) has seen him nominated for the illustrious award.
IGHT manages the majority of the Gigha’s assets, following a community buy out in 2002. Brandon is the Trust’s youngest ever director and has played an important role in encouraging young people to remain or return to rural Gigha, with the aim of boosting the local population.
Brandon says: “I’m very grateful for this nomination, and excited to represent IGHT and the people of Gigha. I joined the IGHT board last year because I am passionate about encouraging young people to build their lives on Gigha, and I felt the best way to do this is for young people to be represented in the Island’s decision making.
“My day job at The Scottish Salmon Company gives me additional insight into the employment that is available for young people on Gigha, and it also encourages me to consider the needs of businesses on the Island.”
Iain MacIntyre, Head of Production for the South, says: “We are very proud of Brandon for his work with IGHT. This nomination is a recognition of the commitment he has shown the local community of Gigha and his passion for the island.
“We wish Brandon the best of luck in the final, he is truly deserving of the title of Young Director of the Year.”
Ian Wilson, Chairman at IGHT, says: ‘Brandon has brought a great deal to the work and thinking of the board. Most boards tend to be made up of older people – not only has he dragged us into the 21st century communications-wise, he has also challenged the board to think about what young people want from communities like ours, and how we might encourage more young people to come and live on Gigha.
‘Argyll in particular faces huge population challenges as we lose working age families. Hopefully Brandon’s work on Gigha and further afield will help solve some of these challenges and find a vibrant future for communities like Gigha.’
The winner will be announced at the Scottish Director of the Year Awards in September. Good luck Brandon!