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New Interim Chair Of Seafish


UK - John Whitehead OBE has been appointed as interim chair of Seafish, the authority on seafood.

Mr Whitehead is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Seafish board. He will take on a new, more hands on role as interim Chair to lead Seafish through the planned Supreme Court appeal against a previous ruling on the legality of raising levy on imported fish and fish products.

Mr Whitehead replaces Charles Howeson who has played a major role in guiding Seafish through the current legal challenge facing the organisation and has given his time and expertise to enable Seafish to adapt to the changing circumstances it faces.

Mr Howeson currently has a number of other important public service roles which also call heavily on his time. He has reluctantly decided that having laid the groundwork for Seafish’s legal response he is not in a position to extend his service without detriment to his other public duties.

The government has accepted Mr Howeson’s decision with regret but fully respects his reasons, and is extremely grateful for the service he has given both to Seafish and the wider seafood industry over the last three challenging years.

The government is continuing to provide every support to Seafish during this critical period and warmly welcomes John Whitehead’s agreement to accept the interim Chairmanship of the Seafish Board.