Cadman Capital Group has named Dr. Nik Sachlikidis as managing director of its aquaculture division and Dr. Matthew Johnston as research and development director. Sachlikidis’ work background includes a leadership role at Darden while Johnston had a “pivotal role” at Lobster Harvest.
Northamptonshire, UK July 15, 2020 — Cadman Capital Group, a multinational alternative investment firm, today announced the appointment of Dr Nik Sachlikidis as Managing Director of its Aquaculture Division and Dr Matthew Johnston as Research and Development Director, underscoring the firm’s commitment to driving continued growth of its aquaculture businesses.
The Group’s Aquaculture Division has grown substantially in recent years and is comprised of three core businesses: Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries, a fully operational spiny lobster farm in the British Virgin Islands, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, a multi-species shellfish hatchery, focusing primarily on the cultivation of Native European Oysters (Ostrea edulis), and Ocean On Land Technology, a developer of state-of-the art aquaculture systems.
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Dr Nik Sachlikidis, one of the world’s leading aquaculture and fisheries experts, brings more than 20 years of practical experience in the government and commercial fisheries and aquaculture sectors. In his role as Managing Director, he will be responsible for the implementation of the Group’s aquaculture sustainability agenda and strategy, with the development of additional aquaculture products, farms, and hatcheries as a priority.
He has previously held a range of scientific leadership roles in industry-science based partnerships focused on the development of lobster aquaculture techniques and technology and has worked in aid programs throughout South-East Asia. Dr Sachlikidis was hired by American restaurant-giant Darden to lead the build and operation of a lobster hatchery in Malaysia and was later appointed Director of Science for the group.
Dr Matthew Johnston has over two decades of global aquaculture experience. After completing his academic work, he joined MG Kallis, a leader in the Australian seafood industry. At the company’s Lobster Harvest division, he worked on diet development for both slipper and tropical spiny lobsters and also supported the growth of the company’s Southeast Asian pilot farm. Dr Johnston played a pivotal role as Lobster Harvest became the first company to solve the breeding cycle of the tropical spiny lobster and breed F1 generation lobsters. Since joining Cadman Capital Groups Aquaculture Division in 2015 Dr Johnston has worked across a number of businesses, locations, and projects.