Sea Fish Industry Authority Board Member

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: 5
Remuneration: £5,670 per annum. Legitimate travel and other expenses will be fully reimbursed in line with the Sea Fish Industry Authority’s travel and subsistence policy
Time Requirements: The board will meet at least 4 times a year. The time commitment is 18 days per annum for Board members

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 a non-executive board member 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.

In addition to appointing a new Chair we are looking to appoint five non-executive board 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 four UK fisheries administrations are seeking candidates to appoint five non-executive board members for the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish); three industry positions representing the processing sector, large catch sector and marine/fisheries science and two positions independent of the seafood sector.

Non-executive members of the Seafish board will:

• 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;

• have a good understanding of the work of Seafish and its stakeholders; and

• work co-operatively and build relationships with the Executive and key stakeholders and represent the organisation at a senior level.

Independent board members must have no financial or commercial interests in the sea fish or sea food industry. He or she must be able to discharge their duties independently of the sea fish or sea food industry.

Person Specification

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

1. Enthusiasm and genuine interest in the complex and dynamic environment Seafish works in and its commitment to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry.

2. A proven ability to analyse issues at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative and manages risk while focusing on finding solutions.

3. An ability to work collaboratively in a group with diverse opinions and provide objective advice and constructive challenge to assist in making sound collective decisions and coherent policies.

4. Candidates representing the processing sector must have expertise and be able to demonstrate both criteria under that sector:

• Proven knowledge and expertise of working with consumers, retail and/or food service in the UK;

• The ability to represent and promote the interests and products of the seafood industry throughout the food supply chain.

5. Candidates representing the large scale catch sector must have expertise and be able to demonstrate both criteria for that sector:

• Proven knowledge and expertise of fishing in the over 10 metre large scale catch sector;

• The ability to represent and promote the interests of the UK fishing industry.

6. Candidates who wish to represent Science or ‘independent’ board member roles must have ability to demonstrate experience or ability in one of the areas (A or B) listed below:

Area A: Food safety and microbiology

• Food safety and microbiology experience at a senior level in business, industry or academia.

Area B: Marine and/or fisheries science and/or consumer/retail/food services

• Expertise in marine and/or fisheries science; and/or

• Demonstrable knowledge or understanding of working with consumer, retail and/or food service in the UK.

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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