Importers and Processors Panel

The Importers and Processors Sector Panel is responsible for issues which affect importers of international seafood and processors of fish and shellfish products in the UK.

Jon Parker, Chairman

Jon has spent his career to date working in the education,skills and economic development in the agri-food and fisheries sector for both the Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Government.

Moving out of the public sector five years ago, Jon set up a small consultancy focusing on the agri-food and fisheries sector, supporting clients with processing facilities, trade and market development.

Having worked with a number of industry levy bodies across the food and construction sector, Jon has an in depth knowledge of levy body operation across the UK. 

Stephen Brown

Landauer (SIPA)

After studying a degree in Development Studies at East Anglia University, Stephen Brown worked as a Tea Broker. He left the tea industry in 1983 and joined Landauer Ltd. At the time, Landauer was a trading company with a small seafood division importing mainly cooked and peeled prawns to Europe. He has spent the last 29 years developing the business into a fully-fledged seafood company, selling and distributing a wide range of seafood products  throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and South America. Stephen is responsible for all the commercial activities of the group.

Dominic Collins

Seafood Procurement Director, Young's Seafood Limited

Dominic is the seafood procurement director for Young's Seafood Limited and he is responsible for the global sourcing and procurement of all raw materials for the business, across both the chilled and frozen operations. Dominic re-joined Young's Seafood in 2014 and he has over 25 years of experience in the UK retail and foodservice seafood industry. Dominic has previously worked for Icelandic Group, Samherji, Cumbrian Seafood, Booker and Young's Seafood in senior procurement, commercial and operations roles. Dominic has extensive knowledge of global seafood procurement and the challenges that the industry faces and he has established strong business relationships with many of the UK's leading retailers. Having grown up in Grimsby, Dominic is passionate about the seafood industry. Dominic represents Young's Seafood Limited on the board of the Scottish Pelagic Processors' Association.

Mike Glavin

Head of Imports/Exports International and Regulatory Unit, Food Standards Agency
 
Mike is regarded as a  leading expert on food safety systems and on border import control systems, dealing with all aspects of EU imported food legislation including drafting and approval procedures, controls at BIP, DPE's and Points of Entry having spent over 5 years in the European Commission as desk officer for Imports at BIPs.
Mike has a depth of knowledge of the EU legislative system of imports and exports policy and enforcement and has visited many BIPs/DPEs in Member States both as a guest and as a Member of an FVO audit team as a national expert on BIP border controls.

Mike has been involved as an expert in a number of FVO Missions of the EU and carried out Seminars and Workshops on Imported Food Controls in many countries as a TAIEX expert of the EU. Mike is also experienced and has worked with the Codex Committee on Import and Export Certification influencing at the International level of policy on food safety.  

Mike has a background in International Law and has worked on import controls over the last 20 years both as a UK policy advisor and as a seconded national expert to the European Commission. He is the Head of Imports and Exports for the UK Food Standards Agency which has responsibility for Public Health Issues for food.in the UK and he is expected to retire from that position in February 2016. 

Sturlauger Haraldsson

Ocean Trawlers Europe Ltd

Biography to follow.

Steve Norton

Grimsby FMA

Steve Norton was appointed Chief Executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association in June 2001. Previously, Steve worked for Young's, United Biscuits, Findus, Nestle, and Ross Fish. Steve has undertaken a variety of managerial roles including technical, production, sales and procurement positions, and has developed a working knowledge of primary and secondary processing gained both in the UK and abroad.

Simon Rilatt

Espersen

Simon Rilatt has been involved in the seafood industry for over 35 years, having held a variety of roles in the commercial sector. For the past three years he has worked for Trident Seafoods, and previously he worked within the Food Vest Group as a Purchasing Director. Today, he is a member of the core FDF Seafood Group and also serves on the MSC Stakeholder Council.

Ryan Scattery

Managing Director, Thistle Seafoods

Ryan Scatterty is the Managing Director of Thistle Seafoods,  a large family owned business operating in the North East of Scotland.  He is the 5th generation of his family to enter the seafood industry and returned to the business 13 years ago after working primarily in the oil industry throughout the world.  As the only Scottish company represented on the panel, he hopes to add a different perspective to the discussions.

Richard Stansfield

Flatfish

Richard has been involved in the industry for close to 30 years, with the last 20 years spent as Sales Director at Flatfish Limited, working alongside his brother.  Together they have built up the family owned business to become a leading provider of flatfish to both the Foodservice and Retail Sectors.  Richard is a passionate advocate of the ethos that the supply chain needs to be simpler and shorter with transparency and total traceability.

Gary Warner

Warners Fish Merchants

Gary Warner has worked in the industry for over 30 years, becoming Managing Director of Warner's Fish Merchants in 1998. Gary has built the business up from a small fish supplier making an annual turnover of £700,000 in 1998 to generating £24 million last year. Warner has a good relationship with HB Grandi, one of the largest producers of 'frozen at sea' products, and is strongly committed to sourcing fish sustainably.

Laky Zervudachi

Group Sustainability Director, Direct Seafoods

Most kitchens in London will be familiar with the name Laky Zervudachi. Laky has been welcomed into restaurant kitchens since he was cycling round the city with a box of oysters in the early 80s.

Well known in the capital for his expertise in fish. Laky is also Direct Seafoods Group Sustainability Director. Laky plays a vital role in Direct Seafoods and the wider industry. An industry that has ever changing and challenging demands for information on provenance and sustainability

Within Direct Seafoods, Laky has fostered an environment that is constantly looking to find better, more responsible ways of sourcing from fisheries. He has extended this externally, to chefs, restaurants and caterers offering them the tools and confidence to have a more sustainable approach to sourcing seafood. Laky's work removes the complications involved in sourcing large volumes of sustainable fish.

For more information about the Importing and Processing Sector Panel and its meetings, please contact Malcolm Large.