Meet Graeme Corner and our community volunteers
Graeme Corner joined Mowi six months ago as Engineering, Systems and Automation Manager at our Fort William processing facility. Graeme’s professional life has been split between working in engineering and science roles. Although his current role has an engineering focus, he retained his Chartered Environmental Health Officer qualification. As a Chartered ‘EHO’ he developed a specialism in food safety which has proved useful since taking up his new role at Mowi. In addition, being Chartered also allows him to continue to help develop the next generation of Environmental Health Officers.
Graeme explains: “I’ve been involved in food safety for much of my professional life, both within local government and Food Standards Scotland. Prior to joining Mowi, I also ran a business training Environmental Health Officers and Food Safety Officers in the verification of food safety controls within food manufacturing businesses.
“As a Chartered member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, I’ve been involved in the assessment of Environmental Health graduates seeking to gain the Diploma in Environmental Health. The Diploma is the qualification which allows graduates of the Environmental Health course to gain employment as Environmental Health Officers in local government.
“Over the last ten years, I’ve assessed in excess of 100 graduates, and this is something I do on a voluntary basis. This role is important to me because I value the important role Environmental Health Officers play in the community and it’s my way of giving something back to the profession.
“Since joining Mowi, the company has been really supportive of me continuing as an assessor and this involves me participating at assessment centres which are typically held twice a year. The number of practising Environmental Health Officers in Scotland is declining at the moment so I feel that it is important to help support new graduates gain employment as Environmental Health Officers within local government.”
Outside the workplace, Graeme also plays an active role in the local community in Fort William. For the last few years, Graeme has supported Fort William Football Club Youth Development section in various roles including as a coach, coaching coordinator, secretary and funding coordinator. The youth section supports the development of structured youth football in the Lochaber area for children from P7 to the end of secondary school.
Graeme is one of many examples at Mowi who contribute to their local communities through their volunteering. From coastguards to mountain rescue, we are proud of all our staff who give up their time to support rural communities across the Highlands. Mowi is proud to support our staff by allowing them to take paid time off for training or call-outs.
Here are just a few of them.
John MacRae, Farm Manager, who is a volunteer for Lochaber Mountain Rescue.
Rosie Curtis, Manager at MacLean’s Nose, is both a Fire and Rescue and Coastguard volunteer
Shelley MacGillivray volunteer and Ladies Captain at Lochaber Athletics Club
Alistair Docherty volunteers with Glencoe Mountain Rescue
David Forbes, assistant coach for under-12s at Fort William Football Club