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.

Cassie Leisk

Cassie Leisk

CSR Director, New England Seafood International

Cassie directs New England Seafood’s CSR team, defining future strategies and priorities across their social and environmental sustainability functions. 

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Cassie has worked in several sustainability leadership roles in the seafood industry for more than 10 years, with a primary goal to utilise market influence as a lever for transforming the seafood industry to a more sustainable one. Cassie’s passion and dedication to sustainability has resulted in many on the ground tangible improvements in global supply chains, particularly in tuna, given her focus on this species throughout her career. 

Cassie has an academic background in Aquatic Resource Management and Sustainable Development from King’s College London. 

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 manager, 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.

Karen Demavivas

Karen Demavivas

Lead, Friends of Ocean Action

Karen currently co-leads on the blue food and land-ocean connection workstreams of the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action. Friends of Ocean Action is a group of more than 60 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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Karen was previously a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. In her past roles at the Forum, she managed a community of young global leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators; and also engaged investors in the Forum’s sustainable and impact investing initiatives. ScaleShop, a workshop series she founded, brought together innovators, investors, intermediaries, and government representatives in a cross-mentoring exchange on scaling innovations and impact investing. Sustainability themes in the series covered climate resilient technologies on both land and sea, food systems, and other areas of the environmental agenda. Prior to the Forum, Karen worked with entrepreneurs focused on sustainable tourism and food systems at the grass-roots level, including coastal fishing communities, in Brazil. Past work experience also includes management roles in the UN, non-profit and private sectors. Karen is a two time US Fulbright Fellow, having done her fellowships in Thailand and then at UNESCO Paris headquarters.  

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.

Read more

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.

Gert le Roux

Gert le Roux

AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES SPECIALIST, WOOLWORTHS SOUTH AFRICA

Gert oversees Woolworths’ Fishing for the Future seafood sustainability programme and works closely with Woolworths’ seafood suppliers to implement best management practices.

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He has more than 20 years’ experience in the seafood industry and holds a Master’s degree in Livestock Industry Management: Aquaculture. He previously worked for Stellenbosch University, co-founded an abalone ranching company and has in the past also consulted to government institutions, non-government organisations and private companies.

Gert has a specific interest in tuna and while working for Stellenbosch University spent some time at sea doing research to improve efficiencies in the South African tuna longline fishery. He has also done research on tuna farming.

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Staff

Dr. Tom Pickerell

Dr. Tom Pickerell

Executive Director

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.

Albert Arias Arthur

Albert Arias Arthur

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Albert has more than 20 years of experience in fisheries, nationally and internationally, in fisheries biology, management, and sustainability. 

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Albert worked for Fishchoice helping with the development of Fisheryprogress.org since its early days, NOAA fisheries and, as a consultant, for FishWise. At the same time, he was a member of the Chilean delegation for the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation and its Scientific Committee. Prior to that, he was a consultant for the Marine Stewardship Council and fishing industry and worked as a Quality Assurance Team Leader at “Select Fish” Whole Foods Market. Earlier in her career, he worked in Chile as a lobbyist in Congress for companies whose interest was to achieve a transparent and accountable fisheries management system. Albert holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and a B.S in Marine biology from the University of Concepcion, Chile.