Our structure

Seafish consists of three divisions, each led by an Executive Director, with the Chief Executive Officer having overall accountability for Seafish.

Marcus Coleman
Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Coleman

Marcus joined Seafish as CEO in January 2016 from Compass Point Business Services where, as Managing Director, he led a multi-disciplinary organisation with a staff of 250 people and a client base of more than 200,000 Lincolnshire residents. Under his leadership, Compass Point has established one of the most innovative and successful shared services models in the sector, reducing costs by around 25%.

Marcus's previous roles include Assistant Chief Executive with Lincolnshire County Council, where he was responsible for leading the Council's cultural and heritage services with 400 staff and a budget of £17million; and Director General of the Digital TV Group, leading an influential national industry association to secure the conditions needed to enable the digital TV switchover.

He has a proven track record in stakeholder relations and forging productive cross supply chain partnerships, as well as substantial experience of large government departments, so he understands the government landscape well.

Marcus holds a Master of International Business (MBA) from the Ecole Nationale des Pont et Chaussees in Paris, is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, with an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London. Marcus was awarded a Sainsbury Management Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996.

Our Divisions

The Business Services division, led by Declan Byrne, deals with all financial and accounting issues, including levy collection, and with IT and HR issues. There are two operational divisions, the Operations Division is led by Aoife Martin and the Corporate Relations Division, led by Mel Groundsell.

Each work programme within the Divisions has a Work Programme Leader, who is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the team and delivering against agreed objectives, outputs and outcomes.

Aiofe Martin

Aoife Martin
Operations Director

Aoife has recently re-joined Seafish after 14 years working for the civil service in New Zealand and the UK.  She holds a BA (Hons) degree in History and Geography from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.  

An experienced resource management professional, Aoife spent 12 years working for the New Zealand Government in fisheries, forestry and land management.  During her time in New Zealand, Aoife worked on policy development, regulatory implementation and compliance issues. This included working as the deep-water fisheries manager where she established a collaborative partnership between government and the commercial industry to ensure the sustainable management of deep-water stocks and to grow the value of the sector. 

Most recently Aoife has worked as the Director for Spatial, Forestry and Land Management with the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand, and as the Registrar for Scotland with Companies House.  Aoife is also a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Natural Heritage. 

Aoife is directly responsible for the Regulation, Responsible Sourcing, Economics and Fishermen Safety and Training work programmes within Seafish.  


  Declan Byrne

Declan Byrne
Corporate Services Director

Declan is a chartered management accountant with over 15 years of commercial experience. This experience includes seven years as a management accountant for Dennison Trailers in the manufacturing sector based in Lancaster. He returned to Ireland to work in the FMCG industry (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) for five years for the Thurles Wholesale Group. Declan joined Seafish in 2014 as Finance Manager and has successfully restructured and streamlined the efficiency of the finance team.


    Linsey Neill

Linsey Neill
Human Resources Director

Technical Division

Technical Division includes the following work programmes:

  • Responsible Sourcing, defining standards for the sourcing of seafood. Led by Helen Duggan.
  • Fishermen's Safety, promoting fishermen's training and other safety initiatives. Led by Simon Potten.
  • International Trade, looking to promote the trade of UK seafood overseas. Led by Malcolm Large.
  • Economics, providing key data and interpretation, including economic data on the seafood industry. Led by Hazel Curtis.
  • Insight, providing a range of information including market insight and industry issues including seafood integrity and our industry issues groups. Led by Michaela Archer
  • Strategic Investment, set up to provide funding to innovators who can benefit the UK seafood industry, led by Philip MacMullen
  • Regional engagement. Seafish has teams in England and Scotland, and individuals in Wales and Northern Ireland, tasked with ensuring engagement with seafood businesses.

Corporate Relations Division

Corporate Relations Division includes the following work programmes:

  • Communications, responsible for communicating with industry and media, and also for internal communications in Seafish. Led by Marylin Bell.
  • Consumer Education, bringing messages on the health benefits and importance of seafood in the diet to consumers. Led by Marylin Bell.
  • Regulation, working with government and industry to ensure that regulation is proportionate, meaningful and understood. Led by Fiona Wright.
  • Industry Relations, Libby Woodhatch, working to build engagement with key industry and government contacts.

Business Services Division

Business Services Division includes:

  • All financial and accounting issues - Submitting financial returns to Defra.  Producing all financial reports, including dashboards, monthly financial performance to workstream staff and the Executive, as well as year-end statutory accounts, public sector procurement requirements and ad hoc reports as required.  Dealing with all queries regarding payment/processing of invoices, and queries relating to financial information.  Led by Declan Byrne, Finance Manager.
  • Levy collection - There are three levy staff who ensure that all Seafish levy is collected in a fair and consistent manner.  Led by Tom Pithie, Levy Manager.
  • IS - There are three members of the Information Systems team ensuring that the delivery of the Seafish Information Systems strategy is implemented.  Led by Dafydd Sands.
  • HR Agenda - Linsey Neill is our HR Manager at Seafish, responsible for leading and managing all of our HR related initiatives including resourcing, staff engagement, pay and reward, performance management and learning and development.