GEORGE Krawiec, a former chief executive at two major local authorities, has been chosen to head up, the new regional seafood promotional organisation.
He has been appointed chairman of Seafood Grimsby & Humber, the group which represents the seafood catching, processing and trading cluster in the area.
The announcement was made at the Humber Seafood Summit in Grimsby ON Wednesday night by Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association.
Mr Krawiec, a qualified solicitor and who has spent 22 years in local government, was chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council until his retirement in 2008. Before that he held a similar position with Southend Borough Council.
Steve Norton said: “The newly formed board are delighted to welcome George as the new Chair. George has a vast experience of private and public sector organisations and has hands-on knowledge of the regional seafood cluster. “ I look forward to working with him on a variety of ground-breaking projects that the cluster and will be delivered through the board.”
Mr Krawiec said: “Being involved on a voluntary basis with the well-being of this regional sector that’s worth £2.5bn in sales is a proud moment for me.
“I look forward to working with Steve and other board members to promote the competitiveness and the overall consumption of seafood that can only benefit the regions seafood cluster.”
The Board will act as a steering committee for the region’s important seafood cluster whose names include Young’s Seafoods , the fishmeal company UFI, the trawler company Jubilee Fishing, Grimsby Fish Auction Market, Seafox, Flatfish, Jaines Seafood, Grimsby Institute and Darnell Seafoods.
The Seafish Industry Authority will also attend the meetings and work closely with the group to deliver various projects.
During the two day summit, George Krawiec met many of the nearly 200 people who attend this year’s summit including Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Thordur Ægir Oskarsson, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland London and Elaine Hayes, Seafish Industry Authority Chair.