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OUR PEOPLE

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.

Benjamin Armenjon

Benjamin Armenjon

Managing Director

Benjamin has successfully run sales and business development all over the world across food, feed, and fertiliser sectors. Benjamin was Chief Sales and Development Officer and General Manager for Nutrition and Health at Ÿnsect and held various R&D, production, quality, and sales positions in companies such as Symrise Pet Food and Kemin Nutrisurance. He also holds a Ph.D. in food science.

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.

Stuart Currie

Stuart Currie

Operations Director

Stuart is a management professional with international operational, project and program management, engineering, product, manufacturing process, start-up and troubleshooting experience in the FMCG and material handling and automation project sector. One of his latest roles was with Glebe Farms where he led the development of the first UK-based facility for the production of oat milk delivering year on year growth.

Manshu Agarwal

Manshu Agarwal

Head of Corporate Finance

Manshu is Managing Partner at Colbridge Ventures and was formerly BD Director at Synthetic Genomics. With a background in chemical engineering, Manshu worked at LEK Consulting and then in investment banking before developing hard science tech businesses. He has supported companies to raise well over $550m in project and venture financing globally.

Alex Harbinson

Alex Harbinson

Business Development Director

Alfie Kidner

Alfie Kidner

Research Associate

Bethany Robb

Bethany Robb

Communications & Marketing Manager

Cynthia Manuef

Cynthia Manuef

Financial Controller

Dana Clarkson

Dana Clarkson

Research & Materials Associate

Dr. Ian Vallance

Dr. Ian Vallance

Materials Innovation Science Director

Jessica Thorne

Jessica Thorne

Corporate Affairs Director

Joanne Robinson

Joanne Robinson

Scientist / Project Manager

Dr. Mariam Aigbe

Dr. Mariam Aigbe

Technical Services Manager - Foods

Neil Waslidge

Neil Waslidge

Research & Development Manager

Peter Gibson

Peter Gibson

General Manager

Philip Lentern

Philip Lentern

Process Engineer

Ron Pirrie

Ron Pirrie

Microbiologist / Process Scientist

Sofia Alexiou

Sofia Alexiou

Project Manager

OUR ADVISORS

Louisa Cilenti

Louisa Cilenti

Louisa is Managing Principal of pH3 Capital Ventures, an advisory and investment firm focussed on early stage blue tech, and she joined the board of OCEANIUM in 2023 as a Non-Executive Director. Louisa has been at the nexus of technology, innovation and law for 25 years as a widely known business and finance lawyer with commercialisation expertise in clean tech and environmental biotech. She brings cross-sector expertise on scale up challenges and a passion for working with the next generation of businesses developing sustainable solutions.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

Andrew was Executive Vice President for Strategy, New Business Development & Integration at the Estée Lauder Companies, leading Estée Lauder’s growth strategy for 6 years across geographies, products and sectors. He also has 30 years of experience in consulting with McKinsey & Company and working directly with Fortune 300 public companies on global growth, brand equity and strategic execution. He’s now a board and investment advisor in beauty, consumer goods and retail.

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.

Daniel Skaven Ruben

Daniel Skaven Ruben

Daniel is Head of Strategy & Special Projects at Swedish plant-based cheese startup Stockeld Dreamery. Previously he was a consultant to The Rockefeller Foundation Food Initiative during 2017-2021, working to advance a more sustainable food system. Daniel has also worked as a technology and innovation expert for the World Bank in Washington D.C. and served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. He is a mentor, venture partner and advisor in the foodtech and agtech sector, curates the newsletter FoodTech Weekly, and co-hosts The Appetizer podcast.

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.

Todd Beckman

Todd Beckman

Todd is the CEO of Verb Biotics, a recent Ginkgo Bioworks spin-out company. Prior to joining Verb, Todd was the co-founder and COO of NextFoods, the makers of GoodBelly probiotics. At GoodBelly, Todd spearheaded innovation, sales and supply chain. Before establishing GoodBelly, Todd was an integral part of the success of at White Wave, in the launching and scaling of Silk Soymilk. Todd was responsible for strategic planning and integration of White Wave, Horizon Organic and Dean National Brands post acquisition. Todd also spent 13 years at Tetra Pak.

JOIN THE TEAM

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

Materials Innovation Advisor

Anticipate 1 day-1.5 days a month commitment

Compensation to be discussed with candidates

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.