Cefas, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science, is an Executive Agency of Defra (the UK Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Through innovative solutions and world leading applied science we work to ensure a sustainable future for our rivers, seas and the ocean, supporting healthy and productive marine and freshwater ecosystems. 

Our rivers, seas and the ocean are facing significant global threats. These precious environments regulate our climate, are home to up to 80% of life on earth and provide essential resources that we all rely on. Many are now seriously degraded and communities around the world are facing the devastating consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss, energy and food insecurity, animal disease, and pollution. Our scientists work on tackling these pressing problems, supporting both UK and International governments to fulfil their commitment to restoring nature for a healthier and more prosperous society.

Mark Pendlington Chair

Neil Hornby Chief Executive

Why the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

We passionately believe in offering opportunities for all, we discuss a broad range of organisational issues and opportunities during our management board meetings which would provide an apprentice with a good overview of how a government organisation with circa 650 staff operates. We are focused on the scientific work that we do informing policy and making real world impacts, ensuring that the work we do tries to tackle some of the most pressing global problems. 

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Lowestoft, Weymouth and sometimes London.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Quarterly, usually Jan, April, July and October. Usually approximately 4 hours.

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

Quarterly, usually Jan, April, July and October. Usually approximately 4 hours.

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)

Main Cefas Management Board, plus the associated sub-committees which also meet quarterly too. Dates to be confirmed.