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Consultants in Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

MEP Team Profiles

Max Goulden

Managing Director
Max Goulden, Managing Director, MEC

Max is Managing Director of Macalister Elliott and Partners Ltd and responsible for oversight of the whole business. Max has worked in the fisheries and aquaculture sector for over 9 years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of both industries. Previously Max was responsible for the set up and running of MEPs sister company ME Certification Ltd (now known as Control Union (UK) Limited) and as a result has a deep understanding of a range of certification schemes within the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Max has an MSc in Aquaculture from Stirling University and has worked around the globe on a huge variety of products. He specialises in traceability, sustainable development of market chains, due diligence assessments (particularly within aquaculture) and business sector planning.

Dr Ed Willsteed

Dr Ed Willsteed, Director, MEC

As a qualified marine biologist specialising in commercial and artisanal fisheries, Ed has worked on a variety of projects including sustainable fisheries, fisheries policy, fisheries management, monitoring control and surveillance, marine ecology, financial and socio-economic impact assessments. Ed has been working with MEP since 2004.

David Elliott

Senior Consultant
David Elliott, Senior Consultant, MEC

Having set MEP up in 1976 David has managed a variety of fisheries projects over a period of 40 years. With experience working on every continent, David has a wide-ranging knowledge of fisheries policy and management in both developed and less developed countries. David has a particular interest in sustainability and community management which he has successfully introduced to several countries.  Another speciality that David has practiced over many years and in many countries, is fisheries compensation claims and loss adjusting in both the public and private sector.

Stephen Akester

Senior Consultant
Stephen Akester, Senior Consultant, MEC

Stephen has over 40 years’ experience in the design, preparation, implementation, and management of fisheries management and development projects. Stephen has previously worked and lived throughout the world, including extended periods in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, but is now based at MEP’s Head Office in Lymington.

Dr Heidi Guille

Senior Fisheries Consultant
Dr Heidi Guille, Senior Fisheries Consultant, MEC

Heidi is a fisheries ecologist who started her career in academic research before moving on to advising Government bodies and stakeholders, in particular the fishing industry, on how to operationalise marine conservation policy and regulations at a local and national scale. Heidi has developed environmental risk assessments and management plans for marine protected areas (MPAs) to support sustainable fishing activities. Heidi led a large team of specialists in the provision of scientific advice for over sixty MPAs to complete the UK’s ‘blue belt’. As a Senior Policy Advisor for Defra, she worked closely with UK fisheries stakeholders and EU Member States to implement the Landing Obligation (discard ban) through strategic and technical plans, policy and legislation, as well as contributing to the UK’s strategy at the annual fisheries negotiations in Brussels. Joining MEP in 2019 has enabled Heidi to apply her experience and skills to the management and delivery of a variety of UK and international projects.

Fran James

Fisheries Consultant
Fran James, Fisheries Consultant, MEC

Fran holds a Masters in Marine Biology from the University of Southampton and since joining MEP in 2013, she now specialises in commercial and artisanal fisheries management. Fran has managed a variety of national and international projects for MEP with focuses including monitoring control and surveillance,  sustainable fisheries assessments, fisheries compensation and liaison, environmental and socio-economic impacts assessments, marine protected area management plans, fisheries livelihood improvements, data collection technologies, and fish processing.

Kerry Lewis

Project Manager
Kerry Lewis, Project Manager, MEC

Since joining MEP in 2014, Kerry has been coordinating the key management and administration of a large variety of MEP projects. Prior to this, Kerry has over 20 years of project management and administrative experience working in the finance and management consulting sectors.

Alex Senechal

Fisheries Management Specialist
Alex Senechal, Fisheries Management Specialist, MEC

Alex joined MEP in 2016 as Projects Officer, with a background in marine biology/zoology, specialising in Fisheries Ecology and Management.  He has worked with Kent and Essex IFCA for the previous 4 years. He has first-hand experience of UK and EU fisheries legislation, as well as conducting bathymetric and shellfish surveys to assess stock densities. He previously worked with MEP using his fluency in French for ongoing MEP projects based in Africa and also has experience of using GIS systems for shellfish stock assessments and VMS track analysis of fishing vessels.

Caitlin Gilmour

Fisheries Consultant
Caitlin Gilmour, Fisheries Consultant, MEC

Caitlin joined MEP in 2018 after obtaining a BSc in Marine Geography and a Masters of Research in Oceanography from the University of Southampton.  Prior to this, Caitlin gained research and work experience in Greece and the Maldives.

Her work with MEP began with conducting sustainability assessments for wild capture fisheries operations for the World Wildlife Fund against the WWF Common Methodology. Assessments were conducted for fish stocks worldwide and were aimed at providing seafood buyer and consumer advice.