Chair of the Sea Fish Industry Authority

Body: Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Seafish is based in two locations, Edinburgh and Grimsby. Board meetings may be held at either of these offices or at other locations in the UK
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, International Experience, Retail
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £18,000 per annum. Legitimate travel and other expenses will be fully reimbursed in line with the Seafish Industry Authority’s travel and subsistence policy
Time Requirements: The board will meet at least 4 times a year. The time commitment is 30 days per annum for the Chair.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/11/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 30 November 2020

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    Early March 2021


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Thank you for your interest in becoming Chair of the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish).

As we approach life outside of the EU, Seafish will play a pivotal role in navigating the UK seafood industry through this once-in-a-life-time opportunity.

As a non-departmental public body Seafish supports our ambitious vision for sustainably managed seas while securing a profitable future for all sectors of the seafood industry. The effective care and management of waters in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and the precious resources within it, is critical to ensuring our fishing and seafood industry grows sustainably to meet the demands of consumers.

Given this period of great change, the successful candidate will provide vision and strong strategic leadership to Seafish, working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.

In addition to appointing a new Chair we are looking to appoint five non-executive members; three industry positions representing the processing sector, large catch sector and marine/fisheries science and two positions independent of the seafood sector. We are seeking applications from all parts of the UK to represent their respective nations to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, help steer the strategic direction of the organisation and balance the priorities of the seafood industry.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of our seafood industry. If you think that you have the ability to take on this rewarding role then I strongly encourage you to apply.


The UK fisheries administrations are appointing a new Chair of the Board for the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) to provide strategic direction and leadership to the organisation which balances the priorities of the seafood industry.

The non-executive Chair of Seafish will be responsible for:

• providing effective leadership and strategic direction to develop a cohesive and focused Board which recognises the need to work collaboratively with levy payers, industry, Government, delivery bodies and stakeholders to deliver Seafish’s objectives effectively and efficiently;

• leading the formulation of the Board’s strategy, ensuring Seafish discharges its statutory duties;

• leading the Board in overseeing the timely production of realistic and costed business and forward corporate plans,
monitoring in-year performance and examining change proposals with rigour to maintain focus on delivery;

• leading the Board in scrutinising and holding the Executive to account;

• ensuring that the Board, in reaching decisions, taking proper account of evidence and any guidance provided by Ministers or the sponsor departments;

• encouraging high standards of governance, propriety and promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and resources throughout Seafish including promoting openness and transparency in how Seafish conducts its business and financial strategy;

• taking a key role in representing the Board and Seafish in communications with key senior stakeholders and partners.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

1. The ability to provide effective strategic leadership and support the reform of a complex and dynamic UK-based delivery organisation during a challenging period of change in a political and stakeholder influenced environment.

2. The ability and capacity to champion and be an ambassador for Seafish by clearly communicating its strategic direction and mission to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry.

3. The ability to engage and influence a diverse group of senior stakeholders and partners to deliver a top quality service to customers.

4. The ability to build an effective team culture, create consensus and find practical solutions both within the Board and in the way the wider organisation does business.

5. Proven expertise in financial and resource management, audit and governance.

The successful candidate must also uphold and be seen to uphold the 7 principles of public life.

Additional Information

Seafish is an industry-levy funded body jointly sponsored by the four fisheries administrations; Scottish Government, Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Defra.

Seafish carries out a wide range of activities aiming to promote the consumption of seafood, enhance the reputation of the industry and support the collection of data and provision of information, evidence and advice for decision-making in the supply chain. It offers regulatory guidance and services to all parts of the seafood industry, including catching and aquaculture, processors, importers, exporters and distributors of seafood, as well as restaurants and retailers.

One of the key challenges for Seafish in the next five years will be to support and guide the seafood industry through the changing landscape that leaving the EU presents.

About the board

Meeting on a quarterly basis, the board ensures that Seafish is managed properly and effectively by providing strategic leadership, direction, support and guidance.

The Seafish board currently consists of seven non-executive members. All are appointed by Ministers in the UK’s four fisheries administrations (with the exception of Northern Ireland at this time).

Four board members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair, must be independent of the UK sea fish industry. Other board members should represent the interests of the sea fish and seafood industry.

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