Board of Trustees

Posted on Friday 10th August 2018

National charity, the Fishermen’s Mission, today announces the new Chairman and Deputy Chair of their Board of Trustees.

Michael Vlasto, who has served on the Board for 4 years, the past two of which he has been the Deputy Chair,
was elected as Chairman on 19th July 2018. At the same meeting, Libby Woodhatch was elected as Deputy Chair.

Michael, who for many years was the Operations Director for the RNLI and has previously served as
the Chair of International Maritime Rescue Federation, says ‘I am pleased to be elected by my fellow Trustees to
take on this role for a charity that I am immensely proud to be part of.’

‘The Fishermen’s Mission is the only charity that works solely to provide vital services to our fishermen and their family. We have a proud history of serving coastal communities and I have witnessed first-hand the high esteem in which our Port Staff are held. I am looking forward to working with the team to continue the development of our work’.

Libby Woodhatch joined the Board of the Fishermen’s Mission in 2012 and has worked for many years in the
seafood industry, latterly at Seafish, and more recently setting up her own consultancy business as well as taking
on the role of Executive Chairman of IFFO RS, the Global Standard for the Responsible Supply of marine ingredients.

Hailing from the crab fishing port of Salcombe, and now resident again in the area;
Libby adds ‘I have lived in a fishing community for much of my life. I understand the dangers and the risks.
The Fishermen’s Mission is a part of the fabric of these communities and although our work may not be widely known outside of these areas, it is considered vital to the fishermen and their families within them. With my professional background I am aware of the ongoing challenges that lay ahead for the industry and the ways in which the Fishermen’s Mission can provide support’.