Young’s Seafood Limited has made some changes to the company’s leadership structures to further its key strategic priorities of growing sales and driving innovation and efficiency across its supply chain, through Virtual Integration.


Technical Director

As part of these changes, Young’s Seafood Limited has welcomed Scott Johnston to the Operating Board as Technical Director. Scott takes Board level responsibility for all aspects of Young’s technical standards and food quality agenda. A current member of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Technical experts group, Scott joined Young’s in 2005 and has since undertaken a number of senior technical leadership roles across the Company. Scott has worked in the food industry for 20 years, manufacturing chilled and frozen, branded and private label ready to eat and ready to cook products and prior to joining Young’s he worked for Geest. Mike Mitchell will continue as a professional advisor to Young’s Seafood Limited.


Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer

Young’s Seafood Limited has also expanded the role of current Operating Board member Stuart Caborn, who has become Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer, having served on the Board as Purchasing Director. Young’s Seafood Limited’s Virtual Integration philosophy encourages the business and its key suppliers to work together to progress innovation and efficiency ideas that allow all parties to gain a competitive advantage within their markets. This philosophy has already led to a number of successes and the business is now eager to extend the application, discipline and benefits of Virtual Integration further across the Company. The expansion of Stuart’s role sees him take Board level responsibility for the application of the company’s Virtual Integration agenda across its purchasing and inbound supply chain, including raw material ordering and Polarfrost, along with responsibility for CSR and packaging development, as part of the Virtual Integration of Young’s supply chain.

Pete Ward, Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood Limited, said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Johnston to the Operating Board and the expansion of Stuart Caborn’s role on the Board. Scott’s technical knowledge, experience and reputation are respected by internal and external stakeholders alike and Stuart’s work to drive our Virtual Integration strategy is outstanding. Their expertise is sector-leading and I strongly believe that these appointments will help to drive our business strategy and our mission of inspiring people to love fish now and for generations to come.”

Stuart Caborn, Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer, said: “Leading the wider supply chain operating functions of Young’s through the next strategic phase of our business is a truly exciting prospect. Virtual Integration is a wider business philosophy that is about true collaboration, both internally and externally, linking the resources of one or more of our strategic partners into a project team, to collaboratively drive value into the complete value chain.”

Scott Johnston, Technical Director, said: “Sharing Technical best practise across our business will ensure that Young’s has in place a Technical framework that is both industry leading and fit for the future. I am hugely excited about the opportunities and rigour that delivering the ‘One Young’s’ strategy, through our Technical functions, will bring to our business.”