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OUR PEOPLE

THE OCEANIUM TEAM

We have made tremendous progress on all fronts since Oceanium was formed in 2018 – thanks to our passionate, dedicated and just plain brilliant team of Kelpers. We work hard, think creatively, have impact!

Karen Scofield Seal

Karen Scofield Seal

CEO & Co-Founder

Karen has 25+ years of strategic planning, partnership development, brand building and marketing communications experience in New York and London with organisations including (RED), Comic Relief, NFL and USTA. Prior to co-founding Oceanium, Karen was founder of LUCZA, an international ecommerce business.  Karen was a finalist in The Economist’s Women and the Ocean: Changemakers Challenge. Most importantly, Karen is passionate about ensuring the seaweed industry grows in a sustainable manner.

Dr. Charlie Bavington

Dr. Charlie Bavington

CTO & Co-Founder

Charlie has a Ph.D. in BioChemistry from Edinburgh University and over 20 years of experience in marine biotechnology research & development taking products from conception through to pilot trials. Prior to Oceanium, Charlie founded Glycomar, a biotechnology company focusing on research and development of marine-based products for the healthcare, pharma, personal care and nutritional markets. Charlie is an inventor on 5 patents and author of 15 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters.

John Seal

John Seal

Chief Financial Officer

John is an experienced investment manager with 25+ years of experience in finance. Prior to Oceanium, John was Head of Direct Lending at Aberdeen Standard Investments. John co-founded and was MD of New Amsterdam Capital (NAC), a boutique investment firm. John has raised capital, advised and invested in startups as since 2010.

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Chief Operating Officer (Interim)

Mike is a project and programme director with 25 years of experience in the food, dairy, and beverage industry and international factory start-ups, applying his expertise to companies including Procter & Gamble, United Biscuits, Dairy Crest and Cargill.He has most recently acted as Chief Operating Officer at SEP Professional Services from 2019 to 2021. 

Dr. Ian Vallance

Dr. Ian Vallance

Material Innovation Scientist / Project Manager

Joanne  Robinson

Joanne Robinson

Scientist/Project Manager

Ron Pirrie

Ron Pirrie

Microbiologist/Process Scientist

Neil Waslidge

Neil Waslidge

Research Associate

Dr. Raminta Kazlauskaite

Dr. Raminta Kazlauskaite

R&D Manager

Jessica Thorne

Jessica Thorne

Corporate Affairs and Impact Manager

Peter Gibson

Peter Gibson

General Manager

Marissa Nicolais

Marissa Nicolais

Business Development Director

Saira Haque

Saira Haque

Food Safety Manager

Sofia Alexiou

Sofia Alexiou

Project Manager

Dr. Iain Moore

Dr. Iain Moore

Food Scientist

Stuart Currie

Stuart Currie

Senior Process Engineer

Cynthia Maneuf

Cynthia Maneuf

Financial Controller

Reice Kerr

Reice Kerr

Research Associate

Beth Robb

Beth Robb

Corporate Affairs and Marketing Associate

OUR ADVISORS

Stephen Catling

Stephen Catling

Stephen has spent his whole career in the food and food ingredients sector. Formerly a food scientist and chemist, Stephen is currently a board advisor, non-executive director, industry consultant and specialist advisor to investors in the food ingredients, flavours, nutrition and health sectors, from start-ups to large companies. Previously, Stephen spent a decade as Group CEO of ABF Ingredients and prior to that he was Divisional President at Danisco A/S, both leading food ingredients businesses with a global presence. He also chairs the board of two charities in the UK.

Stephanie Lind

Stephanie Lind

Stephanie is the Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of Elohi Strategic Advisors, a firm she founded in early 2015. She works closely with emerging natural and sustainable food and beverage companies, as well as their venture capital and private equity investors. Before returning to Elohi Strategic Advisors in January 2019, Stephanie led the global sales initiatives for Impossible Foods. She has impressive experience, spanning over 25 years working for Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, Sysco, McDonald’s as well as small, privately owned businesses.

Jeff Davison

Jeff Davison

Jeff is an investor with Green Angel Syndicate and joined the Board as a Non Executive Director following Green Angel Syndicate’s participation in Oceanium’s Seed II fund raise. Jeff’s career has been in the marine environment focusing on energy and sustainability, and he has lived and worked in some of the most environmentally sensitive locations around the world. In addition to an investor’s perspective, Jeff brings experience of capital project definition, delivery and safe and environmentally respectful operations.

Michael Orye

Michael Orye

Michael is Regional CEO for Faerch, a European packaging company on a mission to make food packaging circular. He brings a wealth of experience from the packaging industry where he has worked for over 20 years in various leadership roles, including 17 years with global packaging leader, Amcor Ltd. Michael has lived and worked in four continents: Asia, America, Europe and Africa, and currently calls the Netherlands his home.

JOIN THE TEAM

Oceanium is an exciting, growing business. Open job positions are posted below. 

Jobs

Finance Director

Part-time, hybrid/remote

Application deadline: Rolling

At Oceanium, we recognise the value of a diverse team and we are committed to and encourage applications from people with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

Thank you for your interest in Oceanium, and we look forward to hearing from you.