Represent your sector and be at the forefront of Soil Association standards development in this non-executive, voluntary role.
The Soil Association believes that good, healthy produce and products should be the easy choice for everyone. Food, textiles and health and beauty products should be produced in a way that protects our natural world.
We’re dedicated to making positive changes to farming and land use, food, fibre and cosmetics production and our standards are an important tool to achieve this. Our organic standards were some of the first in the world and with the help of our Standards Board and expert advisors they remain pioneering yet pragmatic requirements.
We developed some of the world’s first standards for organic aquaculture. Our higher standards mean that Soil Association certified aquaculture systems go further to support the welfare of farmed fish and protect the aquatic environment than required by legislation. Our work is now focussed on the continued development of higher standards for the production of fin fish, bivalves and seaweed as well as influencing legislation at both a national and international level.
About the opportunity
This is an opportunity to play an important role in the Soil Association’s multi-stakeholder standards-setting process, as the aquaculture sector representative on our Standards Board.
The Standards Board is an independent committee, overseeing strategy and development of standards for Soil Association, UK & EU organic farming & food, COSMOS beauty & cosmetics, GOTS textiles and other Soil Association developed schemes.
We are looking for an aquaculture expert to represent this complex and fast developing sector. Your experience and practical knowledge of aquaculture and related industries will help the Soil Association remain a leading influencer and organic standards setter. You will advise on mandates outlining objectives for aquaculture, developed by staff-led steering groups. You will advise on standards development and assessing the impact of our standards, and chair meetings of our specialist task and finish group as needed.
The essential qualities we need are that:
You are a Soil Association licensee and/or have practical experience and technical knowledge of issues around organic aquaculture
You are a clear thinker
You communicate well and have good interpersonal skills
You have empathy with the Soil Association’s objectives for food, organic products, farming and forestry
It would also be desirable for you to have some experience of committee work, and/or of monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects and schemes within your sector.
Able to attend up to three face-to-face or virtual meetings per year
Preparatory reading in advance of meetings
Other involvement as appropriate
Reasonable expenses covered (according to our expenses policy)