Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands' ministerial trip to Catalonia: FOI release

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What individuals Cabinet Secretary Mairi Gougeon met on her ministerial trip to Catalonia on the week commencing 25 April 2022. Please include names, positions and organisations they represent or are a member of.


Based on the detailed agendas for the visit, the below list has been provided of individuals the  Cabinet Secretary met in the course of her ministerial trip to Catalonia on the week commencing 25  April 2022.

List of individuals

Generalitat de Catalunya

  • Ms. Teresa Jordà, Cabinet Secretary for Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda
  • Mr. Oriol Anson, Minister for Rural Agenda
  • Mr. Carmel Mòdol, Minister for Food
  • Mr. Jordi Aranda, Chief of Staff
  • Mr. Joan Gòdia, Director General for Agri-food Businesses, Standards and Gastronomy
  • Mrs. Elisenda Guillaumes, Director General for Agriculture and Livestock
  • Mrs. Mercè Soler Barrasus – Deputy Director General of Livestock
  • Mr. Sergi Tudela, Director General for Marine Strategy and Sustainable Fisheries
  • Mrs. Susana Sàinz-Trapaga, Fisheries Advisor
  • Ms. Jennifer Velasco, Public Affairs Officer in the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Ms. Maria del Mar Vila, Chief of Protocol- Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda


  • Mr. Jordi Valls, CEO
  • Mrs. Ingrid Buera, director of Marketing and Institutional Relations
  • Mr. Pau López, director of Sustainable Food

Casa Ametller

  • Mr. Josep Ametller, ceo
  • Mrs. Marta Angerri, director of European Funding and Public Affairs, Sustainability and CSR


  • Mr. Joan Sabartés, operations director

ACN (The Catalan News Agency)

  • Laura Pous Trull, reporter

Plana de Vic

  • Daniel Bassas – Director General
  • Mr. Vicenç Fabré, President
  • Mr. Ricard Carreras, member of Grup Beta (University of Vic)
  • Mr. Joan Colom, scientific coordinator of the Beta Technologic Centre
  • Ms. Gemma Muns, manager of Environmental Quality and R + I of the Cooperativa Plana de Vic

Seafood Expo Global (seafood conference event)
Scottish Development International

  • Ewen Cameron, Global Head of International Trade – Consumer Industries,
  • John Carlill, International Trade Specialist, Food & Drink

Salmon Scotland

  • Tavish Scott, Chief Executive
  • Kevin McDonell, West of Scotland Fish Producers Organisation Ltd and Chairman of Seafood Scotland
  • Matthew Hurst, Programme Manager, Scottish Langoustines, Seafood Scotland
  • Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive, Seafood Scotland

Aberdeen Press and Journal

  • Keith Findlay, Reporter, (call during expo event)

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland

  • Colin Blair, Managing Director

Wester Ross Salmon

  • Gilpin Bradley, Managing Director

In addition to formally scheduled engagement with the above named contact at the Expo the Cabinet Secretary walked around stands at the event and spoke informally to Scottish exhibitors present. A full
list of Scottish companies exhibiting at the Seafood expo have been published in the press and are available: Scotland set to shine at SEG 2022 - Seafood Expo Global

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