Libby Woodhatch

Executive Chair

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.

Francisco Aldon


Francisco Aldon has been CEO of MarinTrust since 2020. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru with a fisheries engineering degree before obtaining an MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University, London.

Nicola Clark

Impacts Manager

Dr Nicola Clark graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a Masters in Geology and then went on to graduate with a PhD in Geology in 2014. She joined MarinTrust (then IFFO RS) in 2017 as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator and became the Impacts Manager in 2019. She currently manages the MarinTrust Improver Programme and is in charge of maintaining and developing the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system for the company.

Laura Courage

Assurance and Risk Manager

Laura graduated from Nottingham with a BA Honours in Spanish and Italian and joined MarinTrust (then IFFO RS) in 2016 as the Standards Administrator before advancing through various roles, becoming the Assurance and Risk Manager in November 2021. She currently responsible for the oversight and management of the assurance, risk, and data governance systems to meet with strategic objectives as well as the maintenance of the credibility and relevancy of the MarinTrust programme. 

Deirdre Hoare

Fisheries Science Manager

Deirdre Hoare is a fisheries scientist with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of projects associated with marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of living aquatic resources. Prior to becoming the Fisheries Science Manager for MarinTrust, she was Executive Secretary to the North-Western Waters Advisory Council. Deirdre was an assessor for SAI Global in IFFO RS, FAO Responsible Fisheries Management and Marine Stewardship Council assessments in both Iceland, Alaska and Ireland for 10 years. Before this she worked as a Fisheries Assessment Analyst and as a Scientific and Technical Officer for the Marine Institute in Ireland. This work involved fisheries research and stock assessment for ICES working groups. As well as having worked as a researcher, she completed many trips on commercial fishing vessels in the capacity of scientific observer in the NAFO area, Northwest Atlantic and Irish Coast.

Robin Allender

Data Officer

Robin Allender has a BA in English Language and Literature from St Anne’s College, Oxford and joined MarinTrust in 2020. As Data Officer, he is currently implementing a CRM system and developing a new online application platform for MarinTrust.

Astrid Velandia

Operations Manager

Astrid Velandia graduated from La Salle University, Colombia with a BA in Animal Science. She then graduated from Glasgow University in Veterinary Public Health. Her working experience includes farm assurance scheme certification in the UK and animal production and international trade in Latin America. She is currently undertaking an MBA in International Business at the London School of Business and Finance. As the new Operations Manager, Astrid manages the company operations and certification process. She hopes to improve MarinTrust's operations and contribute to the development of the MarinTrust certification programme.


Jocelyn Amponsa-Atta

Assurance Officer

Jocelyn graduated from University of Cape Coast, Ghana with BSc honours in Biochemistry before obtaining MBA in Total Quality Management from University of Professional Studies Accra. She holds practitioner membership grade at Chartered Quality Institute. She has 8 years’ experience in practising quality assurance in pharmaceutical industry.  As a new Assurance Officer, she is responsible for robust implementation, maintenance and monitoring of MarinTrust assurance system.