Seafish Board

The Seafish Board is made up of seafood industry and independent members. They are responsible for the strategic direction of Seafish.

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, two further independent members and four industry representatives.

There are also four executive board members, who 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

Brian Young
Brian Young
Chair and Independent Member

Brian is a qualified chartered management accountant. He is the Chairman of the Beverley Building Society, a local Building Society serving the community for over 150 years. 


Brian is also a non-executive director of Ripon Select Foods, a family business providing ingredients to the food industry and the Thera Trust, a charity that has been supporting people with learning disabilities since 1998.


Before retiring in March 2017, Brian held many senior food industry positions including Chief Executive of the British Frozen Food Federation, Sundora Foods and Aunt Bessie's, as well as Finance Director for Sara Lee and Strategy Manager for RHM Foods Ltd.


Brian previously served Seafish as Deputy Chair.

Mike Sheldon
Mike Sheldon
Deputy Chair and Independent member

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.

Alison Austin, OBE
Alison Austin, OBE
Independent member

Alison has more than 25 years of consumer affairs experience. She led sustainability, environmental, food safety, corporate and public affairs work for Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited before establishing her own sustainability consultancy practice in 2009.  


Alison completed two terms as a Trustee of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in Autumn 2017 and is currently on the Board of the Green Alliance. 


Alison also chaired the Defra appointed, Seafood Industry Expert Group from 2016 to 2018 which resulted in a 25 year plan for a thriving seafood industry in England. 


She is chair of the Soil Association Certification Scrutiny Committee and also the SGS Independent Advisory Committee on Climate change for SGS UK Ltd. 


In 2000 Alison was awarded the OBE for services to sustainable development. 

Jonathan Shepherd
Jonathan Shepherd
Industry member

Jonathan qualified as a veterinarian in 1969 before embarking on an aquaculture career initially in academic research on fish health and husbandry.


After moving into industry, Jonathan worked with Marine Harvest and Unilever in general management roles related to pharmaceuticals, fish feed and fish farming, based across Europe.


Before retiring in 2011, he held the position of MD of the BioMar Group and Director General of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation.


Jonathan has served as a non-executive board member for organisations in the USA and UK and is a trustee of the Fishermen's Mission.

Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell
Industry member

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 de Rozarieux
Nathan de Rozarieux
Industry member

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
Linda Rosborough
Independent member

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.

Current board vacancies

Defra are currently recruiting for a new Chair, two industry positions representing the processing sector and marine/fisheries science, and two positions independent of the seafood sector. 

Go to the Cabinet Office website for details on how to apply for Chair of the Board and the four non- executive board member positions. 

Board minutes

The Board meet four times a year. The minutes of each meeting are published on the website once approved at the following meeting.  

Register of Interests

For transparency, we publish a register of interests of all Board members.