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William Stephens

Conservation Programme Director, Blue Ventures Conservation

William is Conservation Programmes Director for Blue Ventures Conservation. BVC works with coastal communities to rebuild tropical fisheries. Their strategy is to develop transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally-led marine conservation. They work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. Will's background is in international supply chains, running the ethical trade programme for the UK's largest grocery retailer, Tesco, and then the Community Fair Trade programme for The Body Shop and L'Oreal. Will joined the BVC board in 2015 as a trustee (non-executive), following a stint in procurement at Tesco managing the £50m canned fish portfolio, including tuna. Will joined BVC’s executive team as Conservation Programmes Director in April 2018.