Responsibilities of the Seafish Board
The Seafish Board is responsible for the strategic direction of Seafish. The Board:
- Meet quarterly and provide strategic direction and leadership to the organisation which balances the priorities of the seafood industry in the UK as a whole.
- Drive performance and hold the Executive to account against strategic and corporate plans.
- Ensure propriety, regularity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operation of Seafish and provide stewardship for the public funds entrusted to the organisation.
- Ensure that Seafish discharges its statutory duties within the framework specified by Ministers.
How the Seafish board is set up
The Seafish Board consists of eight non-executive roles comprised of Chair and Deputy Chair, who are independent of the UK seafood industry. There is five industry representatives.
Four of the executive board members work together with the non-exec directors to strategically shape the direction and policies of the organisation. The non-executive directors are appointed by the UK's four government fisheries administrations.
Current Seafish Board Members
Mike’s whole career has been in the agri-food sector, primarily in the pork sector. Armed with a degree in languages, he first joined PIC, the world’s biggest pig genetics company, and enjoyed a 14 year career there, working in operations and marketing, in various European locations.
From there he set up his own pig farming company, producing breeding stock for PIC, which operated successfully for 18 years before selling up. During that time he was the founder chief executive of the National Pig Association, the trade body for pig producers.
He is currently a Board Member of AHDB, the levy board for agriculture and horticulture, where he chairs the pork sector board, and leads on international market development.
He is approaching the end of his term as a Director of Red Tractor, the farm assurance organisation, where he has chaired the pig sector board and chaired the marketing committee.
Jeff is currently the Chair of the Customer Engagement Group that independently scrutinises the consumer and stakeholder engagement of Electricity North West Ltd. Jeff is (until August 2021) Chair of Transport Focus, the statutory independent consumer watchdog for the transport sector, and a former board member of the Food Standards Agency. He has recently been appointed as Chair of the Coal Authority.
Jeff has non-executive experience in the food sector, the NHS, Higher and Further Education and as a Charity Trustee, and has senior executive experience in the food, healthcare, technical and regulated markets. Jeff has been involved in significant corporate change programmes involving mergers, acquisition, divestment and refinancing. Jeff is being appointed to the board as the new Deputy Chair of Seafish.
Mike has worked in the seafood industry for more than 35 years.
He is currently Managing Director of Fair Seas Limited, a consultancy firm supporting the seafood industry. Fair Seas clients include major value added processors, national and international retailers, food service providers, sustainability standards owners and certification assessment bodies.
Previous to founding Fair Seas Limited, Mike was Technical & Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Young's Seafood Ltd.
Nathan is currently Managing Director of Tegen Mor Fisheries Consultants Limited, a firm offering a range of industry services.
Nathan is also the owner-skipper of an inshore vessel operating in Cornwall, a position he has frequently returned to alongside roles at Seafish and WWF-UK.
For the past 16 years Nathan has sat as a director of the Duchy Fish Quota Company, a not-for-profit seeking to support the Cornwall inshore fishing industry and is a former committee member of the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.
Linda Rosborough was a civil servant from 1991, following a career as an academic in planning and environmental studies. From 2011 to 2016 she was the Director of Marine Scotland, with responsibilities including fisheries management and control. Before that she held a number of senior jobs on strategic change in the Scottish Government, including farm payments reform and social inclusion. She also worked for several years for the Northern Ireland Office. She is currently chair of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Graham brings significant experience of working within government; as Director for Marine Scotland until last year, and previously as Head of large business at HMRC. Whilst in both roles Graham took both organisations through significant organisational change and reform programmes.
David has extensive non-executive experience across a wide range of sectors encompassing food and drink, healthcare, housing and technology, including a five year term to April 2021 as a board member with the Food Standards Agency.
Prior to his non-executive career, David held a number of senior roles within the food sector, including CEO of Finsbury Food Group plc from flotation in 2002 until the end of 2008.
Heather has thirty years’ experience working directly with governments, industry and research institutions in a scientific capacity. She was formerly the Head of International Division in the Scottish Government and a Deputy Director in Marine Scotland. She has experience as a CEO; operating strategically at board level for 14 years. Heather established the UK’s first industry-led aquaculture innovation body, with 200 organisations in membership.
Her range of recent advisory roles includes the UK Seafood Innovation Fund, the Aquaculture Research Collaboration Hub, Scotland's Aquaculture Leadership Group and she is founder of the Women in Scottish Aquaculture network.
Nigel brings extensive experience of the seafood industry and is currently a CSR Director of Hilton Food Group who supply a wide range of proteins to partner retailers globally, including seafood for Tesco and Waitrose from their factories in Grimsby. Nigel currently sits on the oversight committee of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Scheme, is a member of the Strategic Industry Leaders Group for Defra's Seafood 2040 strategy for England and is Chair of the Seafood Industry Alliance.
Harry is chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation which represents the interests of around 140 member vessels fishing for a wide variety of species in waters right across the UK.
Harry also co-chairs the Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Federation and is a member of the United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations. Harry works closely with a broad range of fishing interests to promote the sustainability, safety and economic prospects of the UK catching sector.
Prior to this he was a Royal Naval officer during which time he served in the Fishery Protection Squadron as a Marine Enforcement Officer on behalf of the MMO.
The Board meet four times a year. The minutes of each meeting are published on the website once approved at the following meeting. Minutes from earlier meetings can be found using the Search function at the top of our website.
Board minutes - 26 May 2021
Board minutes - 8 September 2020
Board minutes - 21 May 2020
Board minutes - 26 February 2020
Register of Interests
For transparency, we publish a register of interests of all Board members. This can be accessed by following the link below.