Independent Experts

The Benchmarking Process is voluntary and designed to be independent, impartial and transparent. To ensure the process remains so, GSSI recruits independent experts to provide objective assessments against the Benchmark Framework. The schemes are assessed by an Independent Expert (includes an on-site visit), and reviewed by a Benchmark Committee, on 186 Essential Components and 137 Supplementary components across four performance areas.

An Independent Expert has, as a minimum, a university degree in a scientific discipline and have a minimum of 10 years full-time experience in quality management in aquaculture, fisheries or a related marine science. They will have specialized in areas such as quality assurance, quality management, production and manufacturing, retailing, inspection, auditing or enforcement. 

Please visit our careers page to learn more about becoming an Independent Expert. 

 

Prof. Dr. Joseph DeAlteris

Prof. Dr. Joseph DeAlteris

President, DeAlteris Associates Inc

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Josie Foster

Josie Foster

Director, J Foster Consulting LTD

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Dr. John Hargreaves

Dr. John Hargreaves

Independent Consultant, Aquaculture Assessments LLC

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Dr. Francis Murray

Dr. Francis Murray

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

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Nigel Peacock

Nigel Peacock

Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment

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Aimee Russillo

Aimee Russillo

Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting

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Sarah Ogston-Gray

Sarah Ogston-Gray

Ogston-Gray Food Consulting

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Sally Ananya Surangpimol

Sally Ananya Surangpimol

Director, The Food School

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Dr. Trevor Ward

Dr. Trevor Ward

Greenward Consulting, Perth, Australia – Ocean ecosystems, resources, resilience. 

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Bruno Séchet

Bruno Séchet

Managing Director, Integralim

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Ahmed Amamma

Ahmed Amamma

Independent Consultant and Freelance Lead Auditor

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Osires de Melo

Osires de Melo

Lead Auditor, Marine Stewardship Council

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Dr. Sophie Fridman

Dr. Sophie Fridman

Independent Consultant

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Jose Peiro Crespo

Jose Peiro Crespo

Independent Fisheries Consultant

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Robin Pelc

Robin Pelc

Sustainable Seafood Certifications Lead, MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants Ltd

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Kate Morris

Kate Morris

Seafood Certifications Expert, MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants Ltd

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Lisa Max

Lisa Max

Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Lead, MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants Ltd

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Iain Pollard

Iain Pollard

Director, Key Traceability Ltd.

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Carlos Sonderblohm

Carlos Sonderblohm

Independent Consultant

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