NFFO Announces New Chief Executive

The NFFO Executive Committee, for which the SWFPO are members, has appointed Mike Cohen to take over as Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, when current CEO Barrie Deas retires at the end of April 2023.

Mike Cohen, the current NFFO Deputy Chief Executive, will take over as Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, when Barrie Deas, the current CEO retires at the end of April.

Mike has a legal and science background, as well as helping to form and leading the Holderness Fishing Industry Group for 7 years. He has also held the position of Chairman of the NFFO and is widely known and respected throughout the fishing industry.

The appointment was ratified at a recent meeting of the NFFO’s Executive Committee. In the interim, Mike will continue as Deputy Chief Executive.

Barrie Deas said, “This will be a popular appointment, and although we had a strong field of candidates, it was felt that Mike had the right blend of experience and skills to amply qualify him for this important industry role. Above all, he knows what to expect as he has sat around the Executive Committee table for several years as well as acting as chairman and latterly as deputy.

NFFO Chairman, Paul Gilson said, “I have had the privilege of working alongside Mike on a series of visits to the coast and I have seen at first hand his concern for and deep commitment to the welfare of working fishers.  I am looking forward to working with him in the future”.”

Mike Cohen said: “I’m proud to be associated with the fishing industry. It provides food for the nation and jobs in places that are often forgotten by those in power. I have always strongly supported the NFFO’s approach – seeking to unite all sectors of the fleet, to fight our corner intelligently, persuasively and forcefully – so I am delighted to be taking up this new position. Barrie is a very hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to getting to grips with the challenges of the role and continuing to support the Executive Committee to stand up for our industry.”

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