Comprising representatives from the fisheries, aquaculture, academic, regulatory and innovation sectors, the Steering Group provides invaluable advice to ensure the UK Seafood Innovation Fund supports a breadth of innovative projects. The Steering Group meets regularly to keep abreast with the fund’s progress. 

The Steering Group also has a crucial role in reviewing applications to the fund. Once the group reaches consensus, they make recommendations to the UK Seafood Innovation Fund Executive Board about which projects should receive funding.  

Our Administration Support staff are part of the Steering Group to provide administrative support to the group. These members are clearly indicated below and are not voting members of the group.

Aoife Martin

Aoife Martin

Director of Operations, Seafish

Barry Harland

Barry Harland

Head of Responsible Business, Whitby Seafoods Ltd

Dr Belinda Howell

Dr Belinda Howell

Managing Director, Decarbonize

Phil Wensley

Phil Wensley

Senior Marine and Fisheries Science Officer, Welsh Government

Elizabeth Bourke

Elizabeth Bourke

Policy Officer, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO)

Fiona Lettice

Fiona Lettice

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, University of East Anglia (UEA)

Graeme High

Graeme High

Head of European Maritime & Fisheries Fund, EMFF

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

CEO, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)

Jan Geert Hiddink

Jan Geert Hiddink

Professor in Marine Biology, Bangor University

Dr John Pinnegar

Dr John Pinnegar

Principle Scientist & Lead Advisor on Climate Change, Cefas

Matt Prescott

Matt Prescott

Managing Director, Iken Associates

Richard Slaski

Richard Slaski

Future Marine Funding, Marine Scotland

Ronnie McBride

Ronnie McBride

Fisheries Grants Unit, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Government of Northern Ireland

Pieter-Jan Schon

Pieter-Jan Schon

Head of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland (AFBI)

Dr Thomas Catchpole

Dr Thomas Catchpole

Principal Fisheries Scientist, Cefas

Dr Thomas Pryke

Dr Thomas Pryke

Senior Policy Advisor, EMFF and Future Funding, Defra

Suzanna Neville

Suzanna Neville

Administration Support. SIF Project Manager, Cefas

Holly Power

Holly Power

Administration Support. SIF Programme Support and Secretariat, Cefas

Our Steering Group meets regularly and also reviews all applications to the fund. The group makes recommendations to our Executive Board who make the final decision about which projects are funded. 

Read about our Executive Board.

Meet Our Executive Board.