The Marine Ingredients Certifications Ltd Board comprises the MarinTrust Executive Chair, the Director General and the Technical Director of IFFO – The Marine Ingredients Organisation, Johannes Palsson, CEO, FF Skagen and Gonzalo De Romaña, CEO, TASA. The MarinTrust CEO is the Company Secretary of the Board.
Meet our current Board members and Company Secretary:
Libby Woodhatch MSc, has worked for more than 20 years in the seafood supply chain and on standards development. Prior to becoming Executive Chair of MarinTrust, she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and a wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of industry body Seafood Scotland for ten years, where she helped improve the value of return to the Scottish seafood industry. During this time, she also sat on the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. Libby is a Trustee of the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families.
Petter M. Johannessen is Director General at IFFO - The Marine Ingredients Organisation. He was previously Global Business Director for Risk Management and Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. He holds a Diploma in International Marketing and a degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management.
Dr Brett Glencross has been the Technical Director of IFFO (The Marine Ingredients Organisation) since June 2021. Prior to this role he was the Professor of Nutrition at the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Over the past 25 years he has worked in various academic, institutional, and industrial roles across Australasia, the Middle East and Europe. Throughout his career he has worked closely with many aquaculture production (farming) and feed companies throughout each of these regions. His research achievements have delivered many industrial outcomes resulting in the development of new processes, products, and applications. For his achievements in this regard, he has received multiple awards and commendations from both Government and Industrial organisations. At an academic level, he was one of the former editors of the journal Aquaculture Nutrition from 2008 to 2016. He is also the current Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the International Symposium for Fish Nutrition and Feeding (ISFNF). He has also been a Director of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (2013 - 2016), as well as undertaking leadership roles at the CSIRO in Australia and the Institute of Aquaculture. He has Honours and Masters Degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Queensland.
Gonzalo de Romaña is the CEO of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Tecnológica de Alimentos (TASA). He has been a member of the IFFO Board of Directors since 2018.
Gonzalo de Romaña has wide experience within the fishing industry due to his time working as TASA’s CFO between 2010-2014. He has been the CEO of TASA since 2017. His previous roles include CEO of Centria (2014-2016), a service and administration company of BRECA Group, and CEO of Hoja Redonda (2016), an agro-industrial company of BRECA Group. De Romaña has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Lima and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Johannes Palsson is the CEO of FF Skagen A/S Danish fishmeal and fish oil producer. He has been a member of the IFFO Board of Directors since 2022.
Johanes Palsson has wide experience within the fishing industry. He has been CEO of FF Skagen since 2014 and Scandic Pelagic AS a subsidiary of FF Skagen since 2017. His previous roles have been working in Norway as EVP Production for Aker Seafoods from 2008 to 2010 and in Norway Seafoods from 2010 to 2014. Prior to the period in Norway, he was working in Iceland from 2001 to 2008 as director of production and sales in Sildarvinnslan. Johannes has a master’s degree in industrial engineering from University of Alborg Denmark.
Francisco has been with MarinTrust, the leading Certification Program for Marine Ingredients, from its early development within IFFO (the marine ingredients organisation), to becoming the CEO of MarinTrust in 2020. With over 15 years of experience in the food sector, specialising in marine ingredients, Francisco has unique expertise in responsible sourcing, sustainable production practices, and digital traceability in the marine ingredient supply chain. This expertise in traceability led him to join the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Supervisory Board, while also contributing to the Technical Committee shaping the GSA Seafood Processing Standard. Since 2014, Francisco has also been focused on fisheries for reduction in South East Asia and Latin America through the MarinTrust Improver Programme, resulting in positive changes at the legislative level of previously struggling fisheries. All of this is part of his overall mission of cementing the future of marine ingredients as vital and sustainable sources of nutrition for the world.
Francisco holds a MSc in Fisheries Engineering from UNALM (Peru) and a MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University (London).