IFFO RS Governance Body Composition
In 2013 the multi-stakeholder IFFO RS Governance Board Committee was formed comprising of representatives from marine ingredients producers, traders, fish feed producers, fish farmers, fish processors, retailers, marine conservation NGOs, related standards and the IFFO Technical Director. The roles and responsibilities of the IFFO RS Governance Board are described in the IFFO RS Governing Board – Terms of Reference Version 1.7
Next IFFO RS Governance Board Committee meeting will be in London on 12th October 2018
Aisla Jones is the Fish Sustainability Manager at Co-op UK where she oversees the responsible sourcing policy for wild caught and farmed seafood. After graduating with an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University, she worked there as a research assistant to identify priority research areas for aquaculture supply chains into the UK in collaboration with the seafood industry. Aisla also has varied experience working with several NGO’s in the UK and abroad. Prior to her current role she worked for WWF UK focusing on a number of seafood sustainability initiatives, particularly on tuna.
Blake Lee-Harwood has both a BSc and MSc in biological sciences and has worked in senior positions for environmental advocacy groups including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Birdlife International. In recent years he has acted as a strategic advisor to government and industry on sustainability and worked closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the British Government on communicating climate change issues internationally. Blake currently works with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) – a not-for-profit, business-focused NGO that works closely with the seafood industry in generating reliable sustainability metrics and developing fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. Blake leads SFP’s work on communications and strategy and has a particular interest in sustainability standards. He is also currently a member of the steering committee for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Feed Standards Dialogue.
Daniel Lee is an aquaculture specialist with expertise in the design, implementation and management of new projects. He has been GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards coordinator since the program’s inception. The multilingual aquaculturist works closely with BAP Standards Oversight Committee and helps guide and coordinate among technical committees. Lee also manages aquaculture research projects for the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences at Bangor University in the United Kingdom, where his main interest lie in understanding the environmental impacts of tropical aquaculture operations as well as developing systems with minimal impacts. He published the textbook Crustacean Farming, Ranching and Culture.
David Parker is a passionate Marine Biologist graduated from the University of Wales currently holding an MSc degree in Environmental Management. He works for Young’s Seafood where he focuses in projects covering wild fisheries sustainability and improvement. He also has ample experience on the environmental NGO sector working for WWF Cymru as a Marine Policy officer offering invaluable insight into identifying and developing coherent and relevant fisheries policy and the advocacy sector in general; and for The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) where he produced fishery sustainability assessments, worked with retailers and processors on seafood policy and engaged in policy and debate regarding seafood sustainability in multiple fora including government, consumer, media, science and industry - representing the organisation on both a national and international level. He is member of the Fish For Life Steering group and sits on the MSC Scottish Advisory group. He is also a keen Cyclist, Adventurer, Sailor, Artist, Fishermen and SCUBA diver.
Dr Neil Auchterlonie
Neil joined IFFO in 2015, having worked previously in technical and production positions in aquaculture companies, consultancies, and government department and research agencies in the UK. Neil has a strong track record in managing aquaculture and fisheries science programmes in both public and private sector, specialising in commissioning, managing and reporting on science that addresses policy questions for both government and industry. He has held positions on a number of scientific and technical committees and has a strong interest in technology transfer within the seafood industry. Neil holds a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Stirling University, a MSc in Applied Fish Biology from the University of Plymouth, and a PhD in Aquaculture (halibut physiology) from Stirling University.
Duncan Leadbitter runs his own consulting business (Fish Matter Pty Ltd) and consults to Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, an NGO that works with seafood businesses to assist their moves towards sustainable sourcing and management. As an in-house consultant Leadbitter provides advice on a wide range of issues such as aquaculture feed fish fisheries, tunas and deep water species, as well as liaising with seafood producers, NGOs and multilateral fisheries organisations.
He has spent 30 years in fisheries management and marine conservation planning, working for government, the commercial fishing industry and NGOs. He is a passionate seafood consumer, scuba diver and spearfisherman.
Currently the executive Director of New World Currents Eduardo Goycoolea and Board Member of other organistions has been a senior executive for more than 35 years. He worked since 1992 until his retirement in 2015 as Sales and Marketing Director of El Golfo and later Blumar, a company with worldwide sales over US$500 million, and activities in wild fishing, Fishmeal, Fishoil, Frozen pelagics and surimi, as well as salmon, scallops and mussels aquaculture. Eduardo holds an Engineering degree with post graduate studies in top Management and Finance. Acting as President of the Fishmeal Exporters Organization (FEO) in 2001, he lead the merging of FEO with IFFOMA and created IFFO being its CO-president for the first year. Currently IFFO Vice-president and a Member of the ASC Steering Committee, Eduardo has also been involved in the Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing standards development, including IFFO RS, and acted as a Board Member for more than 10 years in the International Groundfish Forum, the global organization for the whitefish Industry. Board Member and Vice-president of Exapesca, the south Chilean fish oil producers marketing and sales organization for more than 10 years, since its creation until its dissolution.”
Executive Director and Founder of CeDePesca, Ernesto Godelman hold a post-graduate in Marine Fisheries is a former MSC representative for Latin America and former SFP director for South and Central America.
An accomplished Technical Manager, Sustainability and Ethical Trade Specialist, Estelle Brennan graduated from from the University of Bristol with HND (merits) in European Food Studies followed by Oxford Brookes University with a BSC (Honours) in Nutrition and Food Science, currently works at Lyon Seafoods as the Head of Sustainability.
Frank has been working at United Fish Industries, Killybegs, now Pelagia Killyebgs since 1999 and has a degree in Microbiology and a Masters degree in Environmental Protection.
Humberto Speziani is Director of Tecnologica de Alimentos S.A. (TASA) the largest Fishmeal producer of the world. President of Business Solutions to Prevent Poverty (SEP), Vice President of the Peruvian Japanese Business Council CEPEJA – Peru and President of the Fishing Committee of Peruvian Exporters Association (ADEX). He has been in the fishing sector for the last 45 years. Humberto was the president of IFFO between 2010 - 2011, President of the Peruvian National Fisheries Society (SNP) and President of the National Confederation of Private Business Associations - CONFIEP (2011-2013).
Libby Woodhatch has had a varied career in the seafood supply chain and standards development spanning over 20 years. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Chair of the IFFO RS GB, she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and Seafish’s wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of the industry body Seafood Scotland for ten years, where she helped improve the value of return to the Scottish seafood industry. During this time she also sat on the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. Libby is also a Trustee of the charity the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families. Libby holds a BSc (Hons) in Fisheries Science from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Fisheries Development & Planning from the University of Hull.
Michael Lutz is a Senior Manager for the departments Purchase & Sales, Shipping & Logistics and Quality Management for Köster Marine Proteins GmbH from Germany. With more than 20 years experience in the fishmeal and fish oil trading industry Michael is currently working as a consultant for various entities such as ISIS GmbH (International Standard for Integrated Sustainability, Hamburg/Germany); for AWI (Alfred Wegener Institute for polar and marine research, Bremerhaven/Germany) and IMARE (Institute for Marine Resources Bermerhaven/Germany) for various aquaculture projects. In addition, he acts as project consultant for aquaculture and fisheries for the Institute for Animal Nutrition/ Free University of Berlin and for the University of Bremerhaven.
Michiel holds an MSc. degree in Biology with a specialisation in Aquaculture and Fisheries, from Wageningen University (NL). He has worked since mid-2012 for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in the function of Standards and Certification Coordinator. He is also the secretary for the ASC Responsible Feed Project, with as main aim to develop the ASC Responsible Feed Standard. Before working with ASC, Michiel has worked several years as Export Manager for fish feed producer Coppens International, being responsible for key markets in Eastern Europe/Balkan and South East Asia. Prior to that he worked with the aquaculture and fisheries department of the FAO for the Central Asia and Turkey region, being based in Ankara.
Niels Alsted is the Executive Vice President of the BioMar Group and is responsible for raw material sourcing, Niels has been working for BioMar for 25 years and has been a driving force behind the BioMar Group’s international expansion making them one of the world’s leading fish feed producers. From the beginning, Niels participated in setting new standards in fish farming; he was one of the persons behind the first environmentally declared fish feed in the world (Ecolife) which has make Danish Aquaculture an internationally competitive and environmentally friendly industry. He is member of the Board of Directors of Damolin A/S and GUDP (Green Development and Demonstration Programme) under the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Niels Alsted is highly respected among both colleagues and professionals from the global fish farming industry. He is a dedicated speaker and he participates in numerous cross-industrial and international forums where he e.g. plays an important role in ensuring a sustainable development of aquaculture, among others in dialogue with WWF and other NGOs .