Great British Prawns was formed in 2017 with the idea of creating an exciting UK business that would generate strong profits and growth but crucially have responsible farming practices at its heart.
GBP realised there was a chance to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change aquaculture globally.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
As a farmer’s son, Dougie’s ambition is for Great British Prawns to play a cutting edge role in the sustainable intensification of food production. He is determined to promote a tangible response to the challenges of increasing demand in a world where land, water, energy and many other inputs are in shortening supply and often used unsustainably.
Great British Prawns will always seek to deliver a better way of farming shellfish, aided by advances in renewable energy generation and other crossover technologies. The central aim is to increase production intelligently and responsibly with a focus on production efficiency gains while ruthlessly focusing on animal welfare. Above all, the company will be a seedbed for innovation in sustainable aqua-tech.
Before entering business, Dougie served for over 20 years in the UK military. He has an MA from Cranfield University and a Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture with the University of St Andrews. In 2015 he was instrumental in securing the investment that created Great British Prawns.
DR ANDREW WHISTON
Andrew is a hands-on marine biologist. He has spent the past 25 years working in and around aquaculture facilities, public aquariums and zoos all over the world. This has given him a wealth of practical experience to back up his academic knowledge.
He has worked at every level from labourer to project manager in the design, building and operation of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. These have ranged from small Antarctic systems for the rarest captive fish, large fin fish systems and even facilities for marine mammals and crocodiles. For the past 10 years he has been an active consultant and trouble shooter.
With four decades working in both building and engineering in the construction industry, Allan has a wealth of experience from motorway building to football stadia.
Throughout the early 2000s as a director with Barr Retail, he built and extended more than 100 supermarkets (Tesco and Sainsbury’s) over a 16 year period building one supermarket in the fastest ever time of just 11 weeks. He was the first non-Tesco employee to receive their prestigious Tesco ‘Values Award.’
He then joined Robertson and Northern in 2011, where he remained for six years. Over this time he oversaw projects ranging from the building of the UK’s largest sawmill, to developing the world’s largest recirculation unit for Scottish Salmon at Lochailort.
Allan is currently a consultant working throughout Scotland on a variety of projects from fish farms design stage through to construction.
Abbie is an experienced prawn (shrimp) farming practitioner. Her recent role as a Genetic Breeding and Hatchery Manager in Belize included the production process of post-larvae, the application of strict biosecurity measures in production processes and hatchery audits on behalf of ASC, Global GAP, BAP, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.
Abbie graduated in 2014 with a Masters Degree in Science in Aquaculture, at the National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan as well as a Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of Belize.
Angus has been surrounded by seafood for as long as he can remember. With roots on the Isle of Mull and Co. Kerry, Ireland, his fondest childhood memories are of hauling creels for lobsters and searching for mackerel boilings. He followed his love of the outdoors and passion for quality, fresh seafood from his home in the UK, to New Zealand.
Angus graduated in 2017 with a degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries, at the University of Otago, NZ. After returning to the UK, Angus began work for New England Seafood International (NESI) at their head office in SW London. He has a wealth of operational, technical and commercial experience, with particular success in the London sushi market and wholesale channels.
Ben’s roots are in Devon, where he grew up surrounded by agriculture and engineering. This, coupled with Ben’s love of seafood, made aquaculture an obvious career choice. After completing an MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture Systems at the University of Plymouth, Ben moved to Ghana to construct and manage a commercial Tilapia operation, where he further developed his knowledge and passion for aquacultural systems and their design.
On returning to the UK from Ghana, Ben worked on a Smolt Unit for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, honing his skills in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) operations. He brings a wealth of aquaculture technological experience to Great British Prawns and is excited to showcase a modern and sustainable RAS farming method.