The judging panel for the 2020 Aquaculture Awards has been has been selected for its breadth of knowledge of the varied aspects of the aquaculture industry and includes well-known figures chosen to provide insights from both industrial and academic perspectives. The panel members bring valuable international experience to bear, which is essential when considering the achievements of the aquaculture industry in a global context.
This year’s judges consist of
Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Operations Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Nicki Holmyard, Director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd
Martin Gill, Head of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Lloyd’s Register
David Little, Chair of Aquatic Resource Development and Research Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Rob Fletcher, Senior Editor of The Fish Site and Sustainable Aquaculture Magazine
Susan Tinch, Event Manger, Aquaculture UK
Ruth Layton, Group Sustainability Director, Benchmark
Aquaculture Operations Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Head of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Lloyd's Register
Martin has spent the majority of his career associated with the seafood sector, since June 2002 he was Managing Director of Acoura Marine Ltd, and since December 2016 following the acquisition of Acoura by Lloyds Register he is now Head of Aquaculture and Fisheries within the Customised Assurance division of the Lloyds Register Group.
Acoura, now trading as Lloyds Register, is based in Edinburgh and is a specialist global provider of certification and risk management services exclusively to the food sector, it has been providing its services to the Scottish salmon, trout and bivalve farming sector and associated supply chain for over 25 years. It also services aquaculture and commercial fisheries clients across over 40 countries worldwide.
Martin joined Acoura from a five year period working as an expert for FAO EASTFISH, a Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations project providing a seafood marketing and investment service for Central and Eastern Europe based in Copenhagen. (This project is now known as the Eurofish Organisation).
A graduate in Marine Biology from University College, Swansea in the UK, he was also a former Editor of World Fishing magazine between 1992-1997 and founding editor between 1997-2002 of Eurofish Magazine.
Director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd
Nicki has also written about seafood for the past 30 years, travelling the globe to research articles, interviews and news stories on all aspects of fishing, feed, aquaculture and processing. She currently writes for international journals and newspapers, and has contributed to several books on sustainable seafood sourcing.
Senior Editor of The Fish Site and Sustainable Aquaculture Magazine
Chair of Aquatic Resource Development and Research Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Group Sustainability Director, Benchmark
After gaining 17 years’ experience in veterinary practice and teaching in colleges, Ruth co-founded Benchmark in 2000 to drive greater sustainability in the food chain. She defines sustainability as taking care for all people, all animals and the environment that sustains us. She has subsequently built extensive experience within the food industry, as well as leading research programmes in sustainable food animal production across multiple species and geographies.
In 2015 Ruth completed an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology following a recognition that she would be better able to effect positive change in the world if she had more understanding of the human condition and how it operates.
During her career, Ruth has served on a number of organisations including the Farm Animal Welfare Council, the Farm Animal Welfare Forum and the Food Ethics Council.
In 2017, Ruth was awarded the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Chiron Award in recognition of her contributions and achievements driving progress in farm animal welfare within the supply chains of some of the world’s largest food brands.