Seafish Executive Team

Seafish is led by an Executive team with our CEO having overall accountability for the organisation. There are four directorates delivering our work.
Marcus Coleman
Marcus Coleman
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Marcus was appointed in January 2016 and is proud to lead the Seafish organisation during this most turbulent, uncertain and unpredictable of times facing the UK seafood industry. 

 

Marcus is accountable to the Seafish Board comprising industry representatives and independent members. He is responsible for the 85 Seafish staff who provide their expertise and support to the industry and the four UK Fisheries Administrations.

Aoife Martin
Aoife Martin
Director of Operations

Aoife is responsible for the Regulation, Responsible Sourcing, Economics and Safety and Training teams at Seafish.  

 

She re-joined Seafish in 2016 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. 

 

Hazel Curtis
Hazel Curtis
Director of Corporate Relations

Hazel leads on stakeholder engagement and oversees the Marketing, Communications, International Trade, UK regions and Horizon Scanning functions at Seafish. She joined Seafish in 2000 and previously led the Economics team.

 

Hazel’s career in fisheries economics saw her start the UK Fisheries Economics Network and serve as a member of the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). She also served on the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIEFT) and as co-chair of the Economics expert working group at the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). Hazel was also President of the European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE).

 

Hazel’s previous experience in private business includes commercial property development and investment, and corporate and commercial banking. She is also a Trustee of the charity Fishing into the Future and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Stirling Business School.          

Declan Byrne
Declan Byrne
Finance Director

Declan is responsible for the Finance, Levy and Information System teams at Seafish.

 

He 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

An experienced HR professional, Linsey joined Seafish in 2013 as HR Manager having gained over 12 years' experience working across both public and private sectors.

 

Previous to Seafish, Linsey led a start-up marine technology company into the Times 100 Best Small Companies shortlist and was a twice awarded Great Place to Work winner, receiving an accolade for achievements in mental health promotion in the workplace.

 

Since joining Seafish, Linsey has successfully embedded a high performance culture along with the Seafish Values and steadily improved employee engagement. Linsey is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

 

Linsey is currently on maternity leave until June 2021. Grace Baxter is Interim HR Director.