The Fishermen’s Mission – now in its 140th year of providing services and support for fishermen and their families – has appointed Ian Gatt as the new deputy chair of its board of trustees.

Michael Vlasto, chair of the board since 2018, said: “Following some years of dedicated service as a trustee, I am delighted that Ian Gatt has now been appointed as deputy chair of the Fishermen’s Mission.

“Ian’s involvement with, and knowledge of, the fishing industry, particularly in Scotland, has been invaluable, as will be his ongoing involvement as we deal with the ever more complex welfare needs of our fishing communities throughout the UK.

“He takes over from Libby Woodhatch, who has served with distinction as a trustee and latterly deputy chair for over a decade.”

Ian Gatt, who is based in Fraserburgh, is president of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Assocation. He said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of deputy chair of the Fishermen’s Mission at this time of change both in the industry and the charity.

“I look forward to working with Michael Vlasto, our chair, the board of trustees, the executive – including our incoming CEO Marc Evans – and also the dedicated and hardworking staff of the Fishermen’s Mission.

“The fishing industry is facing many challenges. Some are short-term and others, such as the spatial squeeze, are longer-term, which will all have a negative impact on our fishermen across the UK. More than ever, the Fishermen’s Mission will be called on to help alleviate stress in our fishing communities.

“The Fishermen’s Mission the only charity offering end to end support, so is well placed to help fishermen who require the unique service we provide.”

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