Training & Admin Team


The Seafood School Team

From booking onto a course through to the delivery of the day – we aim to give the best customer service we can.
Many people book onto our courses through Booking Bug and Pay Pal, but it you have any questions or prefer direct contact with one of our team to make a booking – please contact us on 0207 517 3548

Feel free to contact our administration team regarding any general enquiries or for help and advice about travel, parking and accommodation. 

As a charity we have a small administration team that look after our customers whether it is to book courses, suggest travel arrangements or help with accommodation requirements. Contact our administration team for advice.

Choosing a course or information about our courses

Food Lovers Courses: We have a wide selection of courses during the weekend, Saturday and in the evening. These courses are designed to suit varying levels of skill from beginner to experienced cook and to various budgets – ensuring we try and provide a course that would suit anyone wanting to learn or enjoy more seafood. If you are unsure which course is best for you please either call our office number to speak with our administration team or email a query to and we will get back to you.

Schools and young people: For information about the schools programme or simply to arrange a visit to your school or to us here at Billingsgate Market please contact Paula Williams (Schools Coordinator) via email Paula will be able to help you regarding risk assessments, health and safety and course content.

Industry training: For information about our industry courses, starting up a business, training staff or planning a bespoke chef or fishmonger training day please contact CJ Jackson on

Corporate events and Team building
We plan any number of corporate events here at the school from early mornings, full day classes with conferencing facilities through to evening classes. We work around your budget and deliver many each year. Please contact the CEO on for more information about your day.

Marketing and Press
For journalists attending courses and other enquiries about advertising, please contact CJ Jackson (

Training Team

Early morning escorted visits
An early morning visit to Billingsgate Market is an excellent ice-breaker for most of our weekday courses. These are led by a number of people who know the market well and can give a very insightful visit focusing on species identification and quality assessment with a little bit of friendly Billingsgate ‘banter’ thrown into the mix!
Some of these market visits are led by the school's Principal, CJ Jackson. CJ is a food writer and trainer with a particular expertise and passion for all types of global seafood. Her focus on the market is from a chef’s perspective where she talks about the source of products, how they are caught and how to prepare and cook them. She enjoys introducing all our visitors to the many characters on the market to help make the environment feel less formidable.

The Fisheries Inspectorate is led by Robert Embery who is employed by Fishmongers' Company. Their role on the market is to ensure that all fish sold is ‘fit for man’s body’ but they also are on the lookout for any British species sold that contravene the common fisheries policy, amongst many other things. They have an extensive knowledge and special expertise in species identification and health and safety legislation connected with seafood. 

We are very fortunate to have 2 retired fishmongers who work closely with the school. Not only do they help deliver morning visits as both bought from the market for too many years to count – and therefore know the ropes but they share their very extensive knowledge willingly. 'Charlie and Ken' (Charlie Caisey MBE and Ken Condon) also actively support the children’s programme and enjoy talking to youngsters about fish. They both have a key area of interest too and they know the workings of the market inside out.
Charlie Caisey MBE, is passionate about supporting the independent retailer and the market. He bought from the market for 40 years for his own shop in Hornchurch, but today he can't resist a visit here each week just to keep up with the gossip at the market. Charlie runs our Get into Fishmongering programme and loves nothing more than to help mentor a potential business through the start-up process. Charlie also puts the market rag 'Billingsgate Gossip' together, this is distributed to everyone on the market.
Ken Condon also bought from the market for many years for his own family run business in Stockwell, South London.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and visits on the market with him are very informative and full of Billingsgate banter.

Learning to cut fish
We have a handful of people who 'work on the blocks' and run our knife skills training days. A block-man is someone who cuts and prepares fish for a living, but doesn't necessarily sell it too, so they differ from a fishmonger.
Our blockman include Ron Peacham, George Hooper and Sean Wood.

Schools Coordinator and Home Economists
Paula Williams, our Schools Coordinator is a qualified home economist, she organizes and delivers many of the school programme days, both at the market and on Outreach days. She is an excellent communicator and enjoys working with young people. Paula has worked for the school since it opened in 2000. She has established a small team of home economists to help in the delivery of our Outreach project across the South East

Chef trainers
We have a very informed and experienced team of chef’s teaching at the school.
CJ Jackson (Principal - see Management) plans and writes most of the recipes for all the food lovers courses. CJ teaches a lot less than she would like, but does make a point of taking many early morning market visits along with Catch of the Day 2 and 3, the Shellfish Workshop courses and some evening classes. 

Frances Mackellar delivers a number of courses for us, particularly Evening Seafood School. She is highly creative with an excellent restaurant background. She trained at Le Manoir and apart from teaching at the school, she also works with a top London caterer.

Deanna Smith delivers market visits and works on some morning and evening classes. She also runs her own catering company based here at the market.

Sean Wood is a chef with excellent cutting skills. He teaches mainly as a blockman, but occastionally teaches some of our food lovers programme.