Governance

 

 

The Global Tuna Alliance is coordinated by Executive Director Dr Tom Pickerell who executes the implementation plan and manages the day-to-day operations. Oversight, guidance and accountability is provided by the Steering Committee, comprised of a small number of partners nominated by the wider Global Tuna Alliance.

The Management Board is responsible for all legal matters relating to the Global Tuna Alliance, including the Stichting (the legal incorporation in the Netherlands).

Our governance and structure enables the Global Tuna Alliance to efficiently ensure delivery of our implementation plan and the associated activities.

 

Management Board 

Hugo Byrnes

Hugo Byrnes

Vice President Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize

Hugo Byrnes joined Ahold in 2006 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Vice President Product Integrity.

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He is responsible for Ahold’s food and non-food product policies, which cover product safety and responsible products. This includes social compliance, animal welfare and environmental issues.

Hugo Byrnes has a Dutch Law degree from the State University Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a food lawyer whose career has focused on the food business and in particular on quality management and standardization. From 2000 onwards he was the Director of The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Hugo is member of the Steering Committee of SSCI (Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative) at CGF and serves on the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

DIRECTOR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, METRO AG

Andrea Weber started her career as a lawyer before she joined METRO in 2003. METRO is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail.

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Andrea held different leading positions in the company and has proven herself to be an all-rounder by managing several departments, though always connected to the area of environment and sustainability. Due to this experience she became an expert in responsible sourcing, with special focus on fish and seafood sourcing. As Director, Corporate Responsibility, she is the single point of contact for the countries in all matters of sustainability and assures the fulfillment of sustainability standards and policies, as well as, the development and fostering of external partnerships. Moreover, she serves as sparring partner and interface for own brands, marketing and communication, and is strongly engaged in several networks to foster young high-potentials. Andrea is a member of the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a global platform and partnership working towards more sustainable seafood as well as a member of the Steering Board of the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), a partnership
working towards traceable, socially and environmentally responsible tuna.

Lucy Blow

Lucy Blow

SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST, COWRIE ASSOCIATES LTD FOR NEWENGLAND SEAFOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD

Lucy Blow has twenty years’ experience working in the UK seafood sector mostly for New England Seafood International Ltd,

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a key importer and supplier to the UK retail and foodservice sectors, and latterly working as a consultant to NESI and others in the fish industry. Throughout her fish career Lucy has been at the forefront of the UKs sustainability movement, which has involved stakeholders working collaboratively across the seafood to help develop improvements or advocate for the implementation of many of the practices our industry accepts as normal today, from FIPs, Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) sourcing and labelling codes, MSC and other third party certifications to more recently collective effort towards greater transparency of human rights in the fish industry.  Lucy’s focus through New England Seafood International Ltd and its sustainability team has particularly been in engagement seeking continual improvement in tuna fisheries and their management.

Steering  Committee

Robin Teets

Robin Teets

PRINCIPAL ARIA STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, LLC FOR NGO TUNA FORUM

Robin is currently the Project Lead for the NGO Tuna Forum, which brings together NGOs, individuals and organizations that work comprehensively on tuna sustainability issues globally. 

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The Forum works to elevate inter-NGO engagement where possible on issues and opportunities that fall within one or more of the following core focus areas: RFMO management & advocacy; market-based mechanisms for improving sustainability; and on-the-water research, activities and improvements. 

Robin has worked broadly with seafood industry leaders, conservation organizations and philanthropies to help advance collaborative efforts to improve fisheries and ocean ecosystems.

A seasoned facilitator and strategic planner, Robin has extensive experience in helping organizations and collaborative, multstakeholder groups surface opportunities and issues, and to find the common ground required to move opportunities forward.

Adam Townley

Adam Townley

SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER, NEW ENGLAND SEAFOOD INTERNATIONAL

Adam focuses on delivering continuous improvement in New England Seafood’s wild fisheries supply chains, in line with standards of best practice. 

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This involves close collaboration between New England Seafood and other stakeholders, notably the close and important relationships with our retail and food service customers, and NGOs. Tuna is an integral part of New England Seafood’s commercial offer. This means we support delivering the objectives of the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration and the Global Tuna Alliance, as they are critical for the sustainability of tuna as a species and our supply chains.

Adam has an academic background in marine biology and fisheries management, as a graduate of Bangor University and the University of York, prior to starting at New England Seafood. His academic background and passion for the environment mean Adam has a strong enthusiasm for improving the sustainability of fisheries and ocean conservation.

Chris Shearlock

Chris Shearlock

FISH SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, PRINCES

Chris Shearlock joined Princes in 2017 where he works as Fish Sustainability Manager. Chris’s role sees him involved in sustainability issues across a wide range of fish species and particularly tuna where he helps Princes drive forward its leading responsible sourcing policies.

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Chris is also involved in fishery improvement projects in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans helping purse seine and pole and line tuna fisheries improve their practices to attain MSC certification.  

Chris has previously worked on sustainability within the UK’s food retail and food manufacturing sectors and also spent time working as an environment, health and safety auditor. Chris has degrees in Environmental Management and Marketing, and is also a Chartered Environmentalist. 

Andrea Weber - Chair

Andrea Weber - Chair

DIRECTOR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, METRO AG

Andrea Weber started her career as a lawyer before she joined METRO in 2003. METRO is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail.

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Andrea held different leading positions in the company and has proven herself to be an all-rounder by managing several departments, though always connected to the area of environment and sustainability. Due to this experience she became an expert in responsible sourcing, with special focus on fish and seafood sourcing. As Director, Corporate Responsibility, she is the single point of contact for the countries in all matters of sustainability and assures the fulfillment of sustainability standards and policies, as well as, the development and fostering of external partnerships. Moreover, she serves as sparring partner and interface for own brands, marketing and communication, and is strongly engaged in several networks to foster young high-potentials. Andrea is a member of the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a global platform and partnership working towards more sustainable seafood as well as a member of the Steering Board of the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), a partnership
working towards traceable, socially and environmentally responsible tuna.

Winnie Yeh

Winnie Yeh

Lead, Platform Acceleration

Winnie leads the traceability action track of the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action. Friends of Ocean Action is a group of more than 50 global leaders committed to fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean, convened by the World Economic Forum and World Resources Institute.

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The Friends of Ocean Action supports and is a funder of the Global Tuna Alliance. 

Winnie has a previously helped Fortune 500 companies with supply chain and operations transformations. Her work bridges sustainability impact and business operations priorities. As an ex-engineer turned sustainability professional, Winnie is passionate about using technology to create positive impact. She has co-authored a 2017 white paper on using blockchain technology to drive supply chain transparency and is always on the look-out for innovations with a purpose.

Hugo Byrnes

Hugo Byrnes

Vice President Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize

Hugo Byrnes joined Ahold in 2006 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Vice President Product Integrity.

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He is responsible for Ahold’s food and non-food product policies, which cover product safety and responsible products. This includes social compliance, animal welfare and environmental issues.

Hugo Byrnes has a Dutch Law degree from the State University Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a food lawyer whose career has focused on the food business and in particular on quality management and standardization. From 2000 onwards he was the Director of The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Hugo is member of the Steering Committee of SSCI (Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative) at CGF and serves on the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

John Burton

John Burton

CEO, WORLD WISE FOODS

John Burton first became involved in the pole-and-line tuna industry in the Solomon Islands, an association that lasted for almost 20 years.

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John has now been involved in the tuna industry for 35 years, championing pole-and-line tuna throughout the supply chain and developing demand within the UK and Europe . John’s lifelong passion for sustainable, equitable pole-and-line caught tuna has involved him in a number of sustainability initiatives with partner NGOs in the fisheries world.

In 2010, John founded World Wise Foods Ltd, a company that only supplies pole-and-line caught tuna. His passion and strong connections with the Maldivian fishery lead him to co-found the International Pole & Line Foundation in 2011, a registered charity that supports the development of pole-and-line fisheries world-wide. As IPNLF Chairman since 2013, John has lead the Trustees, Staff, Special Advisors and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee in developing, supporting and promoting socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and hand-line tuna fisheries around the world.

Helena Delgado Nordmann - Vice Chair

Helena Delgado Nordmann - Vice Chair

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING MANAGER, TESCO

Helena is a biologist specialised in the marine environment. Her career experience covers both research and industry. 

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She is currently the Responsible Sourcing Manager (Marine) at Tesco delivering the company’s marine sustainability strategy to meet their goal of reaching 100% sustainable seafood. Prior to Tesco, Helena worked as a fisheries and shark population researcher in Alaska and the Cayman Islands. She has also worked on Electronic Monitoring (EM) projects as well as VMS and echo sounder research across the globe. She graduated from her MSc with honours at the University of York.

Staff

Dr. Tom Pickerell

Dr. Tom Pickerell

Founder, Tomolamola Consulting

Tom is a marine biologist with over 15 years experience in seafood sustainability; including wild fisheries and shellfish aquaculture, certification schemes and consumer guides and social responsibility in seafood, and founder of Tomolamola Consulting.

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Before joining the Global Tuna Alliance, he was the Global Tuna Director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and led SFP’s fresh & frozen and canned tuna programs. Previous to that he worked for Seafish, the UK Seafood Industry Authority, where he was the Technical Director. Previous to that role, Tom was the Senior Science Manager for the Seafood Watch program at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Earlier, Tom worked at the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB), where he managed the UK Shellfish Industry Development Strategy (SIDS) and later became the Director; WWF UK, where he was the Fisheries Policy Officer; and the UK government in Defra, where he held a variety of different policy and strategy roles in fisheries and aquaculture. He has a degree in Marine Biology, a master’s degree in Analytical Biology, and a PhD in shellfish aquaculture.