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Richard Searle


Secretary & Treasurer

Richard is currently a part-time consultant on the sustainable use of seaweeds, primarily kelps. His work includes a mixture of paid consultancies, in recent years for clients in the US, Chile, Norways, and the UK, and pro bono work mainly in the UK for Marine Biopolymers Limited.  Before retirement, more than 10 years ago, Richard was for 20 years, Director of Purchasing for the (then) world's larges producer of alginates, Kelco International Ltd.  As part of this role he was a director of seaweed companies in Scotland, South America, South Africa, Norway, China, and other places.  Before being involved with seaweeds Richard worked in a number of manufacturing industries in a variety of commercial roles. 

Peter Elbourne

Convenor of Food Standards Working Group

Peter is a Marine Biologist (BSc at Bangor, 2003; PhD at Newcastle, 2009) with a background in community development and consultancy on sustainability, environmental management and business development. Peter began working on seaweed in 2012 and is co-founder of New Wave Foods Ltd in 2015. He has experience in sustainable wild harvesting, processing for food applications and farming.