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CBE for Scottish food industrialist

04 November 2010

Scottish industrialist Alastair Salvesen has been invested with the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace conducted by The Prince of Wales

The citation declared the award had been given in recognition of Mr. Salvesen’s services to the arts and charities in Scotland over many years. These included the gift of a purpose built organ to St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

A longstanding member of the Royal Company of Archers (the Queen’s bodyguard in Scotland), he is a former president of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society and a keen supporter of the Royal Highland Educational Trust which helps Scottish children learn about the countryside where the food they eat is grown.

Salvesen was appointed a governor of The Compass School, Haddington, East Lothian in 1994 and served as chairman for three years from 1996. He was a governor of Donaldson’s college for the Deaf for twelve years from 1997 and, since 1994, has been a governor of the Fettes College, where he is now deputy chairman.

He is also an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and for 22 years has encouraged young Scottish artists through an annual travelling art scholarship, also supporting the Dovecot Studies tapestry workshop and exhibition centre in Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, which has just been rated by The Independent newspaper as one of the top 50 galleries in the UK.

As chairman of the Lanarkshire-based Dawnfresh Seafood Group of Companies Mr. Salvesen leads a £70m. enterprise which handles 80% of the UK trout business and 40% of all sales of coated scampi and fish cakes, in addition to smoked products from R.R. Spink (of Arbroath) and deli. products from Daniel’s Herring, of Grantown.

He has farmed since 1991, latterly at Whitburgh, near Edinburgh.

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