Marine Management Organisation Chair reappointed

Hilary Florek has been reappointed as Chair of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Her second term is for two years and ten months and will run from 8 April 2021 to 7 February 2024. Her remuneration is £40,459.77 per annum based on a time commitment of eight days a month.

The reappointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments published by the Cabinet Office. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.

There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. Hilary has declared that she has not taken part in any significant political activity in the past five years.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established in April 2010 and given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The MMO has a wide range of responsibilities, which include implementing plan-led marine management, licensing marine works and managing UK fishing fleet capacity and UK fisheries quotas.

Biographical details

Hilary Florek is a strategic communications and marketing specialist with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Having joined the Board of the Port of Tyne in 2008, she was Deputy Chairman for three years before becoming Chairman from 2014 to 2017. Previously PR and Communications Director for the Vaux Group PLC, she established her own marketing consultancy, HFPR Ltd, in 2000. She currently serves as Chair of North East Access to Finance and is a Trustee of the North Music Trust at the Sage, Gateshead, a music centre with an international profile. She is also a Board member of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre company run by, and for, people with Learning difficulties.

Hilary has served as non-executive director on the boards of the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and the County Durham Foundation. She is also a former Trustee of the Sunderland Youth Enterprise Trust and was a Board Member of Project North East.

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