Seafish Industry Authority -Non-Executive Chair

Body: UK Fisheries Administrations; Seafish Industry Authority (Seafish), Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Edinburgh and Grimsby
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £18,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 30 days a year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

A new Chair has been appointed to the organisation that promotes the work of the UK’s seafood industry.

Brian Young will now officially take the position at the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) with a three-year appointment. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as he has been acting Chair of Seafish since January 2016, stepping up from his deputy Chair position. He was also previously Chair of Seafish’s Importers and Processors Panel.

Seafish is an industry-levy funded body which carries out a wide range of activities that advocate and support all sections of the fishing industry, from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers and food service providers.

Date: 22/03/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/10/2017 at 18:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    22/03/2018 at 14:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair will lead the Board, set the overall strategic operational direction of Seafish, ensuring good governance to allow Seafish to carry out its work efficiently, effectively and economically, holding the Executive to account.

The non-executive Chair of the Seafish will be independent of the sea fish and sea food industry and have no financial or commercial interests that affect them in their role on the Board.

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.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
• Monitoring form 2 ( Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Monday 23 October 2017. Email to quoting reference APPT08-17.

1_Seafish- Chair Advert
2_Seafish -Chair Information Pack
3_Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_Monitoring form 1
5_Monitoring form 2
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