Young seafood leaders to be united in new talent nurturing project

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Oct 2018

Seafish is launching a young seafood leaders’ network as it seeks to ensure a strong talent pool in the industry for years to come.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive of the Grimsby-headquartered support body for the £10 billion UK sector, unveiled the proposal to nurture and retain quality individuals at the opening of the UK Seafood Summit.

After showing the inspirational video embedded below - showcasing the industry, which will be shown in schools, colleges and by the sector - Mr Coleman said: “We have a vision of a thriving seafood industry, but without the future talent coming through that will grind to a halt in a few years’ time.

“We need to identify and grow the next generation of leadership in the industry.

“We will draw upon our unique pan-industry, pan-UK position to create and enable a network for the next generation of young seafood executives to come together and explore how they can innovate and lead change in the industry.”

The Young Seafood Leaders Network will be a platform for knowledge sharing and identification and appreciation of best practice. The goals are to:

  • Provide opportunities for the exploration of business ideas
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Facilitate partnerships and mentoring between young professionals and experienced industry practitioners
  • Develop leadership skills; and
  • Identify professional development opportunities

Mr Coleman used his opening remarks to encourage potential participants to come forward, urging managing directors and chief executives to identify people in their organisations.  

He said, “We see the Young Seafood Leaders Network being very much self-directed with Seafish providing support where needed. We would like to hear from aspiring seafood leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 years of age who are passionate about their own development and that of the UK seafood industry in general.”

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Existing models in Norway and the US will be collaborated with, and it was immediately praised by those involved across the North Sea.

Simon Dwyer, UK representative for North Atlantic Seafood Forum, the major event held annually in Norway pulling global executives together, said: “The North Atlantic Seafood Forum organisation welcomes Seafish’s young leaders in seafood initiative.

“NASF has worked collaboratively with Seafish for many years and they have been supportive of the annual Young Leaders Workshop we host in Bergen each March.

“Jørgen Lund, managing director of North Atlantic Seafood Forum, is looking forward to working alongside Seafish to support the development of young leaders in our industry and engaging these leaders from UK with leaders from Norway and other nations in March 2019."

To express an interest in the Young Seafood Leaders Network  email

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