Fishermen’s Mission appoints full time officer

The new Fishermen's Mission officer for the Western Isles is Roddy Maciver.
The new Fishermen's Mission officer for the Western Isles is Roddy Maciver.

The Western Isles branch of the Fishermen’s Mission have appointed a full time Mission Area Officer, Roddy Maciver.

For the last nine years the post was filled on a voluntary basis by local Free Church Elder Finlay Macleod MNM on a part time basis.

Roddy took over the post on October 3rd following a two-week induction period around Southampton and Portsmouth. He previously worked for Marine Scotland Compliance in both the Peterhead and Stornoway Fishery Offices.

He is a member of Martin’s Memorial Church and is married with three children and lives in Lochs.

He said of the new post: “I have a great fondness for the fishing industry and feel quite an affinity with those that I meet around the ports, harbours and creeks within the islands. And now that the post is full time I am very eager to get back into the southern reaches too.”

Fishermen’s Mission CEO Commodore David Dickens CBE added: “We are really pleased to welcome Roddy Maciver, our new full time Superintendent in the Western Isles to the Fishermen’s Mission family.

“With a wealth of contacts and experience from his time with Marine Scotland, Roddy is well placed to expand our work in support of fishermen and their families beyond our traditional emergency response.

“I am confident that he will establish positive relationships with fishing communities around the Isles, allowing us to better assist those suffering real hardship.

“We will also need to seek local support and I know Roddy will be only too pleased to welcome new volunteers and supporters as he gets to grips with his new role.”

To contact Roddy Maciver at the Fishermen’s Mission call 01851704424 or email: Stornoway@fishermensmission.org.uk