The Executive Committee of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, representing fishermen in England and Wales, has appointed Mike Cohen to take over as chief executive when long-serving CEO Barrie Deas retires at the end of April 2023.
Currently NFFO deputy chief executive, Mike has a legal and science background, as well as helping to form and leading the Holderness Fishing Industry Group for seven years. He has also held the position of chairman of the NFFO and is widely known and respected throughout the fishing industry.
‘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,’ Barrie Deas said. ‘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.’
The appointment was ratified at a recent meeting of the NFFO’s Executive Committee. In the interim, Mike Cohen continues as deputy chief executive.
‘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,’ said NFFO chairman Paul Gilson.
‘I’m proud to be associated with the fishing industry,’ Mike Cohen said as the appointment was announced.
‘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.’