Whitby Seafoods, the UK’s largest scampi manufacturer, has made an important appointment to bolster its finance and senior leadership teams.

Carol Gee has joined its Board as finance director following a recruitment process led by finance recruitment specialist, Headstar.

Carol, a chartered accountant, comes with a wealth of experience in finance and management, having worked in private sector businesses across a diverse range of sectors including FMCG, manufacturing and retail.

Her new role sees Gee play an active role on the Board, contributing to the overall business strategy with a focus on driving financial performance in line with business objectives. She also oversees the management and development of the finance and HR teams.

Whitby Seafood’s managing director, Daniel Whittle, said: “Carol has a proven track record when it comes to driving financial performance and business growth, both in the UK and internationally, and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team.

“Despite the challenging backdrop in the UK of late, we remain extremely excited for the future as we look to continue our growth trajectory. Carol’s extensive experience, together with her strategic vision, will undoubtedly be instrumental in helping us to reach new heights.”

Founded in 1985, the independent, family-run business employs 400 people and has an annual turnover of £65m. Operating out of two sites, Whitby and the Northern Irish port of Kilkeel, it makes more than a million portions of scampi every week, supplying own label and branded products to supermarkets, pubs, cafes and restaurants.