New Seafish chair appointed

Published on
March 27, 2018
Brian Young

A new chair has been appointed to the organization that promotes the work of the United Kingdom’s seafood industry.

Brian Young will now officially take on the chair position at the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) for a three-year appointment. Young 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 seafood industry, from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers, and foodservice providers.

This is a ministerial appointment supported by the four fisheries administrations that jointly sponsor Seafish.

“I am delighted to be appointed chair of Seafish at such a pivotal time for our industry. The next three years will provide many new opportunities and challenges and Seafish will work hard to help and support our industry to be profitable, sustainable and socially responsible,” Young said. “It is a great privilege to be able to carry on working with the Seafish Board, the executive team, the devolved administrations and the incredibly diverse range of people who serve our industry with such great passion, commitment and expertise. I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Young was chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation until his retirement in March 2017. His career has spanned 35 years in the food business sector, including roles at RHM Foods, Sara Lee, Tryton Foods, and Sundora Foods.

He is currently chair of the Beverley Building Society and a non-executive director of Ripon Select Foods Ltd. He is also a trustee of Thera Trust, a charity that has been supporting people with a learning disability since 1998.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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