Farewell to Grimsby’s first lady of seafood

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Dec 2018

GRIMSBY’S first lady of seafood is setting sail for new shores.

Julie Snowden, Seafish’s English account manager, has been an integral part of the town’s primary industry for the past 12 years.

She is now taking her knowledge to Westminster and South East shellfish ports, as she establishes a new geographical area for the sector organisation while taking up a key lobbying role. A keen sailor, she was given a personalised life ring to take on her voyage south, with a wedding, relocation and Arctic Ocean expedition all on the horizon.

Julie opening registration for World Seafood Congress 2015.

“It is a completely new role,” she said following the presentation at the final meeting of the year of cluster group Seafood Grimsby & Humber. “I am sad to leave this area, but excited to take on a new challenge. There will be some similar stakeholders, there are links with here and London, but new ones as well. There will be more advocacy work for Seafish in Westminster, with Drefa, and I will be working with lot of shellfish ports on the South East coast.”

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Having arrived from Unilever, before which she started her career with regional seafood firm Marr, she joined Seafish in her current role when Wynne Griffiths CBE was at the helm of Young’s Seafood and the cluster group back in 2006.

Julie Snowden outside the world’s largest fish and chips shop, Papa’s on Cleethorpes Pier.

“As English account manager I have predominantly focused on the seafood cluster in Grimsby and Humber,” she said. “It has been great, with great people who have been more friends than colleagues or clients. They have been great people to engage with, to work with and collaborate with. We have done many new projects, and introduced concepts, from building up Humber Seafood Summit to what it is now, a national event, to helping bring World Seafood Congress to Grimsby.

“We also started the food careers event with Grimsby Institute, and have seen lots of other initiatives through. The Grimsby businesses are always receptive to new ideas, and have always supported us.”

Julie Snowden in Bergen, Norway, when Grimsby took its protected smoked fish to the North Atlantic Seafood Forum.

Looking ahead, undeterred by the political uncertainty with the likes of Young’s, Seachill and Flatfish all winning new work and expanding significantly, she said: “I think we have done a lot of pro-active work and I think I leave a really good platform to take things forward. I will always look fondly on this area as it is where it all started. I wish everyone well, and that they are successful going forward.”

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Miss Snowden went on to work with Mr Griffiths’ successor Leendert den Hollander, Anita Barker, Steve Norton and George Krawiec, with Simon Dwyer chairing the final meeting in his absence.

Julie as part of a Grimsby delegation to Peterhead.

He said: “Julie has been with us for 12 years supporting the industry, very much engaged with delivering the World Seafood Congress, the seafood summits and the North Atlantic Seafood Forum. It really has been a great partnership and while she is still remaining with Seafish, she will be sorely missed. We wish we all the best in her new role.”

A successor has yet to be announced.

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