Our Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee (ExCo) is responsible for organisational decisions and are accountable to our Board.

ExCo members

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive

Rupert HowesRupert joined the MSC in October 2004. Prior to this, he was Director of the Sustainable Economy Programme at the Forum for the Future, an influential UK-based sustainable development organisation that partners with business, capital markets, governments, and others to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of life. Rupert previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, and a Research Officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development.  

Rupert has been internationally recognised for his work to promote sustainable fishing practices. In 2014, Rupert was awarded a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award; in 2009 he received the World Wildlife Foundation's "Leaders for a Living Planet" Award, and in 2007 he received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his contributions in establishing the MSC as the world's leading fishery certification and ecolabelling program.

 

Alene Wilton, Chief Operating Officer

Alene Wilton - small photoAlene joined the MSC in 2012. She has responsibility for all aspects of the organisation's global resourcing and infrastructure, with the following functions within her remit: governance, HR and organisational development, IT, finance, fundraising, internal communications, licencing, office services, and a planned business intelligence function.

Alene was educated in NZ and UK, and holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford; she is a member of the Institute of Directors and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

 

Nicolas Guichoux, Chief Program Officer

Nicolas GuichouxOriginally from Brittany, the main fishing region in France, Nicolas was concerned by the increasing impact of fishing on the environment and livelihoods. In 2002, he joined the MSC and developed the organisation's Continental European Programme. He is currently responsible for the delivery of MSC's global commercial and fisheries outreach; delivery of relevant elements of the MSC's Strategic Plan goals, targets and objectives; and the motivation and leadership of MSC's regional teams based in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Americas.

 

Michel Kaiser, Chief Science and Standards Officer

Michel KaiserMichel is responsible for the leading teams responsible for oversight and development of the MSC’s standards. He oversees governance and assurance processes relating to the standards, as well as accessibility of the program and strategic science.

Before joining the MSC, Michel was Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, where he maintains an honorary position. After gaining his Ph.D. in 1991, he joined the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) to lead research on the effects of human activities (fishing and aquaculture) on the marine environment. He is well known for his research on the sustainable use of marine resources and has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and has written or edited 5 books. 

   

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