For decades Sue has demonstrated a passion for the creative and commercial elements of the Retail Industry with the work she has done with leading Australian retail brands and property groups. Having held Senior Management roles within a number of organisations in Visual Merchandising, Operations, Buying and Marketing, and currently working broadly in the retail industry as a Consultant, Sue specialises in guiding retailers in the areas that impact on a customer’s perception, specifically Visual Merchandising, Marketing and Customer Experience. With significant practical industry experience of both international and local markets, Sue adds value and currency to our extensive base of retail training and consulting clients.
Kate Barclay researches the social aspects of fisheries. Since the late 1990s she has researched the sustainable development of tuna resources in the island Pacific in the context of changing governance systems and globalisation. Recent projects include multidisciplinary work to evaluate the social and economic contributions fisheries and aquaculture make to coastal communities in Australia, a governance analysis of the supply chain of beche de mer from Papua New Guinea to markets around Asia, and gender in coastal fisheries in Pacific Islands countries.
Kate has been commissioned to do research for organisations including: WWF, Greenpeace, the United Nations Development Program, the European Parliament, and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, the World Bank, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Kate is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the International Pole and Line Foundation, which promotes the development of socially and ecologically responsible tuna fisheries. She is on the editorial committees of journals Conservation and Society, and Portal: Multidisciplinary Journal of International Studies.
Nick Bowditch is a unique thought leader in social-media with an enviable corporate career. An insightful keynote speaker and advisor, he draws on his experience as the only person in Asia-Pacific to have worked at both Facebook and Twitter and the only person in the world to work in marketing at both brands.
Nick Bowditch started, built and sold three tech startups of his own before joining Facebook where he was charged with starting and building their small business marketing team for Australia and New Zealand. From there he moved to Twitter where, as the Small Business Evangelist, he helped small businesses and startups power up their business on the Twitter platform.
More recently Nick Bowditch founded The Mentoring Club, which he describes as 'The Uber of Mentoring' - where the best of business brains are available for clients to choose as their own mentor.
Nick Bowditch is a director on the board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud indigenous man who is passionate about indigenous equality and closing the gap in Australia.
An in-demand keynote speaker, Nick Bowditch has been engaged by organisations in Australia and internationally including Facebook; Twitter; Google; eBay; LinkedIn; Franchise Council of Australia; NAB, American Express; and The Entourage.
He speaks on various topics which make the most of his experience in the startup world, social media, storytelling, gamification, next-generation mobile applications, collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, co-working spaces, the future, and, of course, Facebook and Twitter.
Heather Brayford is currently the Deputy Director General, Fisheries in the recently created WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Heather has had overall responsibility for Fisheries in WA since April 2015. Heather has also held the position of Executive Director of Fisheries in the Northern Territory. Heather has more than 30 years’ experience in fisheries and aquatic resource management and is the current chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Forum.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Kate Brooks is a social scientist focused on increasing benefits for industry and policy through understanding social networks and drivers of behaviour and culture, to assist industry and government with planning options and sustainability.
Kate has seventeen years consulting experience, nationally and internationally, working with corporate and government sectors, statutory authorities and research agencies. In addition to her research analysis, strategic planning, network analysis and project management skills, her key fields of specialisation are in social impact assessment, social license to operate, the development of social capital, community engagement and capacity building.
Jodie Campbell specialises in the design, development and implementation of sustainability, traceability and certification programmes for New Zealand’s primary industries.
Her professional experience incorporates strategic, technical and operational components of agri-business, particularly within the global seafood supply chain. She has served clients ranging from independent fishermen from remote Russian villages to McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago, USA. She is passionate about the sustainable growth of the industry, particularly on a strategic and sector wide level, and the collective efforts we can pursue to support the reputation and premiumisation of New Zealand seafood.
Jodie has a B/A in Mathematics/Statistics and Biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, USA. She owns her own consulting company, JansenCampbell, based in Wellington.
Martin Exel is the General Manager, Environment and Policy at Austral Fisheries, where he’s worked since 1997, mainly involved with science, policy, conservation and management of the sub-Antarctic toothfish fisheries. He is also currently a board member of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) with the University of Tasmania.
Martin has held various roles in the seafood industry over the past 35 years, including as a board member and Chair of the Commonwealth Fisheries Association; working in Commonwealth government fisheries management agencies from 1984 to 1997; as Chair of the international Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators from 2003 – 2016; and as a professional fisherman in both New Zealand and Australia from 1981 to 1984.
Professor Stewart Frusher undertook his tertiary education at James Cook University in North Queensland after which he joined Australian Volunteers Abroad and worked on commercial and artisanal fisheries in Papua New Guinea. He subsequently worked at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in coastal ecosystems and aquaculture before moving to Hobart in 1992. Over the last couple of decades, he has lead the Fisheries Program, Coasts and Estuaries Program and the Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation theme for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. He was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, which brings together researchers from the University, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division across broad disciplines to focus on multiple use management of the marine domain. Although recently retired, he maintains interest in the development of new and innovative marine production systems that provide opportunities for the next generation of seafood harvestors.
Thibault is a passionate scuba-diver and loves to be at sea. After graduating he went off to sail for one year and more recently he started surfing.
Engineer by training, Thibault started to work in Finance for 14 years, initially with Financial Institutions and then with a multinational company in the building materials industry, who then moved him to the Business in 2001 with P&L responsibilities encompassing Sales & Marketing, Strategy & Business development, to become CEO of one of their start-up in Vietnam in 2005.
In 2015, Thibault decided to fully engage with India Ocean Trepang he contributed to create 4 years earlier and he now heads the company as its CEO.
Having lived and worked for the past 18 years in South-East Asia as well as in the Middle-East, Thibault brings to Indian Ocean Trepang a fully-fledged experience of making business in the Indian Ocean and in Asia, where future developments will take place.
Catherine Harris is the Chair of Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd. She is on the Board of The Australian Rugby League Commission, a new start up bank Tyro Payments, The Australian Ballet, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, The Australian School of Business UNSW and Governor of The University of Notre Dame.
Previous roles have included Federal Director of Affirmative Action and Deputy Chancellor of the University of NSW. Board positions include Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, The National Gallery of Australia, The Australian Defence Force Academy, The MCA, and the Australia Japan Foundation. Catherine is also the Honorary Consul for Bhutan.
Catherine is an Officer in the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Public Service medal, The Centenary Medal and has an Honorary Doctorate in Business from UNSW.
Catherine and her husband David’s passion is horse riding on their farm in the Blue Mountains. They have five sons and seven grandchildren.
Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology – particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. Ros is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her career.
Ros leads an experienced team which brings together leading engineers, data scientists, agriculturists and technologists. Each of these skills work together to ensure our solutions offer real outcomes for farmers and industry. Ros is passionate about technology playing a role in the sustainable governance of the planet, andis a popular speaker on AgTech, IoT, converting data to knowledge and the future of food.
Peter Haydon joined APL as General Manager Marketing in August 2007 at a time when the Australian industry was going into a perfect storm of a profitability crisis.
Peter is consumer goods marketer who has marketed food and drink products in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, for companies including Kraft, Cadbury, Lion Nathan (amongst others) and has consulted to Coca-cola, George Weston Foods (baking) and National foods.
The Marketing Division at APL, which Peter leads, seeks to build consumer demand based on consumer and channel insights, consistent targeted advertising and channel and supply chain co-operation. By the nature of these interactions, the Marketing Division contributes to furthering policy and Research and Innovation initiatives, particularly with the retail and foodservice channels.
He comes to work each day on a mission to “help producers be able to sell their businesses at a premium to land value” which requires repeated profitability and therefore demand exceeding supply.
Richard Henfrey has over twenty five years’ experience in strategic and business development roles in a wide range of blue chip, start up and strategy consulting businesses in Europe, North America and Australia. Much of his career has focused on developing and implementing new businesses or change initiatives that create significant new value in the highly regulated industries of telecommunications and healthcare.
After immigrating to Australia from the UK in 2003, Richard held leadership positions in Telstra in the areas of marketing strategy and technical sales.
In 2009 Richard joined Blackmores Limited as Director of People and Strategy. He led the development of a new corporate strategy which included a new approach to sourcing. Since 2011 he has been leading Blackmores’ Strategic Sourcing division, and was appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer in 2014.
Richard is a board member of the industry association, Complementary Medicines Australia and served as president of the board from 2011 to 2015. Both for Blackmores and for the industry, he has led a positive approach to engagement with regulators and governments to argue for a greater recognition of complementary medicines in the development of health policy and a new, more appropriate regulatory regime for complementary medicines.
Dennis has owned and operated his own fishing vessels for the last 30 years. He is a member of SA Blue Crabpot Fishers Association, Blue Crab FMC, Blue Crab Harvest Strategy Committee and Largs North Marine Precinct Working Group. Dennis is also the president of Wildcatch Fisheries SA.
Dennis has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by FRDC (Fisheries Research and Development Corporation). Dennis plans to use his scholarship to assess new marine technologies in electric propulsion and drive systems, energy storage and power generation for hybrid operations.
Dennis along with his wife Karen owns DM and KL Holder Pty Ltd and operates the FV Silver Spectre. The Silver Spectre is a purpose built 24metre aluminium vessel built and project managed by Dennis, launched in 2010. The company owns 3 crab licences with a total of 220 tonnes of crabs (approx. 35% TAC) and fishing operations take place from 1st July-30th June.
Shane Holland is the Traditional Fisheries Manager for PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture Policy. His appointment in 2016 enables the department to deliver on legislative requirement of the South Australia’s Fisheries Management Act 2007 in relation to the development of traditional fisheries management arrangements and provide a dedicated position for ongoing engagement with Aboriginal communities regarding their fishing interests and rights.
His professional experience includes years of working across South Australia’s marine environment, providing technical expertise in ecosystem monitoring and marine habitat mapping. He also has extensive experience in stakeholder and public consultation to better inform marine policy development and implementation.
Shane has a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) from Flinders University, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management & Policy from Adelaide University. Shane has a keen interest in improving Aboriginal involvement in resource management, and helping to build closer ties between Aboriginal communities and fisheries management.
Tom Piotrowski is a market analyst with Commonwealth Securities. Tom has been with CommSec since 2001. In addition to his day to day work , he also has regular media commitments, with numerous media outlets, updating the general public on issues influencing local and global markets.
Prior to his current role, Tom was a trader in Fixed Income and Currency markets. He is a member of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association and qualified under ASIC for financial industry compliances.
Mark Jones is the General Manager at FishServe Innovations New Zealand (FINNZ). Prior to FINNZ Mark worked as the Catch Data Manager and Quota Allocations Manger at FishServe and New Zealand's Ministry of Fisheries.
Adrianne Laird is the Project Officer for NPF Industry Pty Ltd (NPFI), a collective of owners, operators, processes and marketers in the Northern Prawn Fishery. Adrianne has worked in fisheries research and management over the past 16 years and works closely with industry, researchers and government in the management and sustainability of the Northern Prawn Fishery. Over the past few years she has overseen the successful implementation of the industry Bycatch Strategy to reduce small bycatch in the NPF by 30% over 3 years through industry innovation. Adrianne is also responsible for managing the Northern Prawn Fishery catch and effort data and the Crew Member Observer program under the NPFI/AFMA co-management contract.
Guy Leyland holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from the University of Western Australia. He has worked professionally for over thirty years in marine research and fisheries management. Employment includes: Ichthyology Department at the WA Museum; as a taxonomist where he co-authored Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia: an illustrated Guide, and was a contributor to Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and North-western Australia while working for CSIRO, Division of Fisheries Research; as a fisheries management officer at the WA Department of Fisheries where he co-authored (along with the Fisheries Chief Executive Officer) a set of major reforms to fisheries management in WA based on formal allocation of fishing rights.
Over the last 25 years Guy has worked for the peak sector body for the fishing industry in WA. His past role with the fishing industry has focused on shoring up the statutory and policy basis for rights based fisheries management including quota based management and statutory compensation for fishers displaced from marine reserves, reallocation of access to fish stocks to recreational fishers and loss of access due to coastal developments.
He is currently the fishing industry project leader for facilitating third party environmental certification of WA’s fisheries through the London based Marine Stewardship Council which provides independent validation of the performance of fisheries.
Ian Lyall began working in aquaculture after completing a degree in Marine Biology/Zoology at James Cook University. He started working on prawn and freshwater fish farms in NSW before joining NSW Fisheries to support aquaculture industry development. Ian is employed as Program Leader Aquaculture with NSW DPI covering the NSW industry and is a member of the national Aquaculture Committee with membership drawn from agencies across Australia.
Jerry Macey is the Retail lead in the Commonwealth Bank’s Business and Private Banking division where he harnesses and develops the bank’s resources for the benefit of its retail clients. He is well-known for delivering thought-leadership, insights and analysis that help retailers succeed. A strong thread of creativity, innovation and customer focus runs through Jerry’s financial services career where he has developed industry-tailored products that have become bestsellers, pioneered features that are now commonplace and influenced cultures to move from product-focused to customer-centric. Bridging the gap between strategy and execution, Jerry has held roles in general management, product, go-to-market and strategy in Australia and the UK. Jerry is the author of the bi-annual CommBank Retail Insights Report.
Dr Emily Ogier
Dr Emily Ogier is a Social Scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and with the Centre for Marine Socioecological, based in Hobart, Tasmania. She is interested in the human dimensions of fisheries and aquaculture, and the way these interact with public policy and management, markets, livelihoods, and interested communities. She manages the FRDC’s Human Dimensions Research Subprogram. Finally, but by no means less significantly, Emily is a contemporary fish wife and is actively involved in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery in partnership with her husband.
Tim Pankhurst joined Seafood New Zealand in April 2013 as Chief Executive. He was previously Chief Executive of the Newspaper Publishers' Association.
He was a journalist for 35 years in New Zealand and Australia (The Australian, Melbourne Sun).
Tim was Editor of four major New Zealand daily newspapers - The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, The Press and The Evening Post. Earlier in his career he was the fishing reporter on the Nelson Mail.
He is author of Roughy on the Rise, the story of New Zealand’s most controversial fishery.
As both leader of New Zealand’s peak seafood body and a keen recreational fisherman, Tim has a vested interest in the state of our marine environment, working with numerous stakeholders to shape an industry that is sustainable, best practice and innovative.
Veronica is the Chair of Seafood Industry Australia, the newly formed national peak body representing the interests of the Wildcatch, Aquaculture and Post Harvest sectors of the Australian seafood Industry. She is a third generation seafood retailer and Director of Sydney Fresh Seafood. Sydney Fresh Seafood was established in 1978 and currently operates 6 stores across NSW – Wetherill Park, Manly, Drummoyne, Potts Point, Bowral and Orange.
Veronica is a Director on the board of OceanWatch Australia, a member of the National Seafood Industry Peak Body Taskforce and the Chair of the National Seafood Peak Body Implementation Group.
Previous to her current role Veronica worked in the area of online marketing, customer service and event planning in the telecommunications, motor vehicle and corporate events industries.
Veronica has a Bachelor of Economics (major in Marketing and Accounting) from Sydney University and a Diploma in Event Management from University of Technology, Sydney. Veronica is a 2015 graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP).
Veronica is committed to improving communication and its strategies in and around the seafood community in Australia. She believes that the industry can improve transparency and the flow of positive communications with the largest stakeholders in the seafood industry: the consumer.
Dr. Nick Rayns
Dr. Nick Rayns has been involved in fisheries management and research for more than 20 years. He holds a PhD from OtagoUniversity in New Zealand and has held senior fisheries roles in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Australian governments. He also spent three years as a Non-Executive Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and more than two years delivering major grants programs supporting water reform in the Murray-DarlingBasin. He is currently the Executive Manager, Fisheries at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in Canberra with responsibility for fisheries management, research, licensing, monitoring, economics, policy and environmental matters.
Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert his expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them.
Craig has over 20 years experience working where the future has been created – with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.
He is an award-winning speaker and has addressed audiences as large as 16,000 people on 5 continents and has consulted with CEOs of leading companies worldwide.
Some of his clients include: BHP Billiton, Canon, Colonial First State, IBM, Kimberly-Clark, King & Wood Mallesons, NRMA, Sportscraft, Symantec, Toyota, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and hundreds of professional industry associations.
An award-winning keynote speaker and CEO mentor, Craig shows his clients how to Know First, Be First and Profit First.
Mark is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tassal Group Limited (including Tassal Operations Pty Limited, De Costi Seafoods Pty Limited and Aquatas Pty Limited), a position that he has held since November 2003. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania, is a Chartered Accountant, a fellow of Australia Institute of Management and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark holds Board positions with the Tasmanian Development & Resources Board, Saltas Pty Limited (Industry hatchery), Tasmanian Salmond Growers Association (Industry Association), Millingtons Funeral Services and Cemeteries Pty Limited, Seafood Industry Australia and Chairman of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.
Mark has extensive experience in the finance and turnaround management sector, with experience gained through Cox Miller & Robinson (Hobart), Price Waterhouse (Hobart, Melbourne & Toronto – Canada) PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Toronto – Canada & Melbourne), Arthur Andersen (Melbourne) and KordaMentha (Melbourne). Mark was previously a partner with KordaMentha.
Bryan Skepper (BCom, CPA, GAICD)
Bryan is the General Manager of Sydney Fish Market, the largest seafood market in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Australia’s iconic tourism sites.
Bryan has worked in the seafood industry for more than 40 years and over this time has amassed a long list of accomplishments and is currently driving the realisation of SFM’s vision to build a new Sydney Fish Market.
He is chairman of NSW Seafood Industry Council, a former director of the Australian Seafood Co-operative Research Centre and company secretary of OceanWatch Australia.
Bryan holds professional qualifications in accounting, human resource management and environmental auditing.
Mark is CEO of SmartCatch, Inc and provide Sustainable Seafood Technologies to Commercial Fishermen. He has a twenty-five year history of success in Silicon Valley and International Markets in the disciplines of Sales, Business Development, Product Management and Operations. He has an established track record with Global 100 companies (Cisco, DEC) as well as leadership positions with four start-up companies in the Search Engine, Location Based Services and Mobile-Wireless solutions (Inktomi, Vicinity, Aruba Networks & KonaWare). An evangelist and recognized expert in Internet of Things (IoT) architectures and sensors for industrial implementations. Mark is a former US Air Force Officer, has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University (Northfield, VT) and an MBA in High Technology Mngt from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, CA) and attended executive education studies at MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University. He is a lifetime mariner and competitive sailboat racer.
Emma Wilkie is the Operations Manager at Select Oyster Company; an industry owned company tasked with commercializing the Sydney Rock Oyster breeding program, administered by the NSW Farmers Association.
Her role brings a mix of jobs including on-farm stock management, industry liaison, genetic analyses, hatchery operations, and committee meetings to name a few. The team work closely with Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, researchers, and industry members across Australia.
Emma's background is in environmental science inspired by her love of the bush since she was a kid growing up in the Blue Mountains. A PhD in estuarine ecology with a focus on oyster aquaculture had her intrigued. Being an industry that is reliant on healthy ecosystems, it was an easy decision to pursue a career in oyster aquaculture where environmental stewardship and delicious wholesome seafood go hand in hand.
Emma is always looking to expand her horizons. In 2016 she graduated from the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program, and is a member of the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community. She has met incredible people through these networks, and experienced some of the best of what the Australian seafood industry has to offer.
Off the job, Emma is happiest when she is outdoors, particularly if it involves hiking, the beach and a tent. She is a keen traveller and loves learning languages. Having lived and worked in South America several times her Spanish is pretty good. Chinese is next on her to-do list.
Brad Adams is a third generation fisherman who has been involved in the abalone industry all his life. Brad’s father Terry founded the Western Australian commercial abalone diving industry in Augusta in the 1960’s. For 12 years he worked as commercial abalone diver along Western Australia’s south coast. He has two younger brothers who still dive the family’s abalone licence. The Adams family passion is all about abalone.
Brad not only has a great deal of knowledge about how abalone live in the wild, but has extensive abalone aquaculture experience. Brad worked in Tasmania for a number of years after completing his Post Graduate degree in Aquaculture in 1992 where he conducted a lot of the early research on culturing abalone in cages on long-lines.
Brad has been actively involved in Abalone Aquaculture Research & Development in Western Australia since 2000, working on both shore based and sea based abalone culture systems.
In 2009 Brad and his partners founded Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd (OGA), a commercial aquaculture business that has conducted a great deal of research and development of Greenlip Abalone ranching technology in Flinders Bay, Western Australia. The system developed by OGA is as close to nature as aquaculture can be. OGA have patented abalone reef modules to build reefs on the seafloor in locations that have all the environmental requirements for abalone populations to thrive, but are missing the rocks, or the habitat. By providing suitable habitat, then seeding those reefs with juvenile abalone OGA have had excellent results in growing seeded abalone to maturity.
The success of the trials led to OGA commercializing the ranching technology in 2012 and significant capital was raised to implement the business plan. OGA have 413Ha of seabed lease in Flinders Bay, Augusta Western Australia where they have been deploying reef modules on a commercial basis since May 2014. The first commercial harvest of 10T was in 2016 and will build to an annual harvest of 200T per annum in coming years.
Brad’s practical abalone fishing and aquaculture background and formal science training is further complemented, adding formal business training to his skill base with the completion of an MBA in 2010. Brad was also a Director of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), 2009-2011 and the Chairman from 2011-2013. WAFIC is the peak industry body representing the interests of the Western Australian commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture industries.
Dr Jonathen Arul
Having graduated from the Royal Veterinary School of Edinburgh University (RDSVS) in 2011, Jon has spent his career in population medicine, large scale agriculture and livestock production, working in the UK, Middle East and East Africa. In 2014 Jon co founded Mawio Farms, adding his experience and technical expertise to the poultry business.
In 2016 Jon co founded Indian Ocean Aquaculture Ltd, an aquaculture business focused on improved production systems. He has developed an intricate knowledge of the Tanzanian agriculture industry over the past 4 years. His passion is in developing sustainable and high performance agricultural production systems.
BSc Fisheries Science (Hons) (1988, Plymouth University, UK)
Director; Safe Sustainable Seafood Pty Ltd
Board member – IAFI – International Association of Fish Inspectors
Dr Michelle Grech
Michelle is Head of Operational Safety at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) managing a small team in the delivery of strategic and operational safety outcomes across the maritime industry. Michelle also manages key human factors and safety management research initiatives with one major area of research focusing on safety culture in international and domestic commercial vessels. She is currently leading development efforts within the International Maritime Organization to support fatigue risk management approaches in shipping.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Malta. After working as a commissioning engineer in a shipyard she travelled to the UK and in 2004 completed an MSc in Marine Technology from the University of Newcastle. In 2005 she completed her PhD from the University of Queensland, specialising in fatigue, workload and situation awareness in the maritime domain. She currently holds adjunct associate professorship positions at the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania.
Michelle is a Chartered Engineer with more than twenty years’ experience working in the maritime as a marine engineer, surveyor and human factors and system safety researcher and practitioner. Michelle is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter on maritime safety and human factors and has published extensively in this area.
Tanya King is a maritime/environmental anthropologist interested in issues relating to natural resource management. She works primarily with the Australian commercial fishing industry.
Tanya teaches in the anthropology program at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, where she is currently the Honours Coordinator for anthropology. She is on the Editorial Board of Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal (formerly Book Review Editor). She is a Director at Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV), and the Women's Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC).
Current research interests relate to mental health in the fishing industry and the role of environmental policy in securing fisher well-being.
Other research interests include gender, anthropological pedagogy, public policy and consultation, mythical sea creatures, and the cultural aspects of water management and infrastructure development, with a focus on issues of procedural justice.
Her PhD considered the introduction of ITQs to the Australian Bass Strait shark fishery.
Dr Len Stephens
Dr Stephens was the Managing Director of the Seafood CRC Company Ltd from 2007 to 2015. He is also Chairman of Australian Seafood Industries Pty Ltd, a Director of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation and a Director of Animal Health Australia Ltd. His previous positions were Director - Dairy Australia Ltd, Chief Executive Officer - Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, General Manager - Meat & Livestock Australia, and Director - Victorian Institute of Animal Science.
Dr Stephens is based in Adelaide, and is currently consulting on R&D management.
Brian Hemming, PSM
Brian’s extensive knowledge, experience and leadership within the regulatory services field has positioned him as one of the pre-eminent experts both in Australia and internationally.
He has led regulatory workforce reform, establishing cost recovery regimes, accreditation schemes, risk- and performance-based compliance programs and diploma-level qualifications for staff delivering regulatory services.
Brian is currently the National Operations Manager (Regions) for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is preparing to deliver regulatory services to Australia’s domestic commercial vessel industry, from July 2018.
Brian is passionate about regulatory service organisations realising their full potential and generating maximum benefit to the communities they serve. He champions approaches that promote voluntary compliance through education and collaboration with key stakeholders.
His passion and dedication to transform regulatory service providers to meet the needs of 21-century communities were recognised when he was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1995, along with an Industry Excellence Award.
Brian has also been sought by agencies in New Zealand, Canada and South Africa to provide advisory input into major regulatory reform programs. Brian has also been privileged to present at several key international conferences.
Obtained an Honours Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1980 and a PhD in subtidal marine ecology from the University of Sydney in 1984. Since then he has had over 30 years’ experience in research and policy development on fisheries and aquatic management issues in Australia and globally.
Over the past decade he has led a number of national and international initiatives that have successfully developed and implemented risk-based governance systems for fisheries and aquaculture. He is currently Executive Director, Strategy and Aquatic Resources for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Fisheries Division. He regularly works with international agencies including the FAO to assist with the development and refinement of methods to assist adoption of the ecosystem-approaches for fisheries and aquatic resource management in developing countries.
Cherie is the Director of My Nutrition Clinic and Founder of The Lantern Project Australia and has worked clinically within the hospital, aged care, private clinic and community setting since 1999. Over this time she has written weekly nutrition columns in newspapers (over 650 columns published), as well as feature articles for magazines such as Healthy Food Guide and Diane, and radio and TV appearances spreading the importance of good food. In the past 4 years, Cherie has founded The Lantern Project – a National collaboration designed to bring back the joy of good food in Residential Aged Care Facilities. The Lantern Project is a group of innovative experts, including Maggie Beer, Peter Morgan Jones, David Sinclair (StewartBrown Accountants) from diverse backgrounds coming together to create novel ways to improve the food experience for residents. As part of this process, Cherie is completing her PhD to quantify the value of good food in aged care.
Katie Scutt is currently working as a senior policy officer in Aquatic Pest and Health Policy at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The focus of her current role is to develop an industry and government agreement that outlines how responses to aquatic animal disease outbreaks will be managed. Before this role, Katie worked at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority for four years across a number of areas such as Torres Strait fisheries and the Northern Prawn Fishery.
Katie is also studying psychology at the Australian National University and has an interest in understanding the social aspects of the fishing industry. In particular, understanding issues such as social licence to fish and behaviour and attitude change and how this can be of benefit to the industry. She is a 2013 graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSLIP).
Natalie is a senior fisheries scientist with CSIRO in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Her background is in management strategy evaluation modelling but my career has evolved to embrace two main interests: management strategies for data-limited fisheries, and understanding fisher behaviour in response to management changes via fleet dynamics models. She enjoys being able to engage with fishers and stakeholders at a grass roots level and, thorough effective communication, facilitating the uptake of highly technical modelling outcomes.
Natalie was responsible for developing data-limited management strategies for over half of Australia’s Commonwealth managed fisheries, and subsequently led the development of data poor management strategy guidelines for the Food and Agriculture Organisation. In collaboration with a Science for Nature and People Working Group, and The Nature Conservancy, she instigated and led the development of the FishPath data-limited management strategy selection tool. She is also leading Australian projects on low-cost management regimes for low-value fisheries, and triple-bottom line harvest strategies for multi-sector fisheries. It is her long-term goal to continue to develop and expand FishPath, to provide an end-to-end, process based tool that embraces the entire management regime for data-limited fisheries.
Mike Gerner has spent the last 10 years working for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. Currently the manager of the Electronic Monitoring and Observer programs, Mike manages a team of field and office staff to deliver data to support the management Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries. After completing degrees in marine biology and environmental science he has worked in fisheries science in both private and public sector. More recently he has been responsible for implementation and management of AFMA's electronic monitoring program in tuna longline fisheries, southern shark gillnet and small pelagic fisheries.
Napau Pedro Stephen
Mr Napau Pedro Stephen was first elected to the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) as the Member for Port Kennedy during the 2000-2004 term of the Board. Mr Stephen was again elected to the TSRA in 2016 and at the Inaugural Meeting of the incoming TSRA Board in September 2016, was elected as the TSRA Chairperson that takes on the role of the Portfolio Member for Governance and Leadership.
Mr Stephen has over thirty years of leadership and management experience gained with Australian, State and Local government agencies and community non-government organisations. He has a wealth of local government experience that has given him the platform to guide, serve his constituents and improve the Torres Shire. Mr Stephen was first elected to Local Government in 1991 and in 1994 was elected as the first Indigenous Mayor successively until 2016.
Mr Stephen was ordained as a Minister of the Full Gospel Church in 1989 and has been a Member of the Islanders Board of Industry and Service (IBIS) since 2012 and a Member of the Port Kennedy Association since 1988.
On Australia Day, 2016, Mr Stephen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia by His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, for his significant service to Local Government in the Torres Shire and for his extensive advisory, social welfare and health roles and contributions to the community.
Mr Stephen is passionate about economic development and regional governance. Mr Stephen encourages Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people to develop businesses that are sustainably economic that will provide them with financial independence and growth in their communities. In turn development of strong businesses then allows for education and training opportunities for our youth and other community members.
Torres Strait regional housing, unemployment rates, health, domestic violence and substance abuse are just some of the concerns in the region for Mr Stephen. During his term, Mr Stephen will continue to support and advocate for best outcomes for the people in the Torres Strait region.
Jono Gregory is KPMGs Smart Food & Fibre IoT Leader with a vision to empower individuals to sustainably, ethically and profitably satisfy the needs of investors, customers, producers and citizens. Jono is focused on realising the potential for IoT to enable Augmented Judgement across the production continuum.
Jono is an experienced corporate and government executive with multi-billion dollar leadership and operational responsibility. He has over 20 year’s experience delivering transformation from strategic development to operational outcomes in complex organisations, partnerships and supply chains.
Jono has led organizations in Internet of Things, primary industries (agriculture, fisheries, natural resources), government, biosecurity, water, health, construction and technology sectors. He has executive global, national, regional and remote leadership and operational delivery experience.
Core competencies include being a recognised IoT thought leader, a capable corporate transformer, inspirational leader/mentor/communicator, strategist/innovator, negotiation and operations enabler.
Geoff Blackburn is a professional fisherman from Coffs Harbour in the New South Wales Seat of Cowper.
He is a Shareholder in the Estuary General Fishery of NSW. And is OceanWatch Australian's first, recognised Master Fishermen.
He fishes the estuaries around the Coffs Coast catching flathead, mullet, mud crab, sand whiting, etc. to feed his local community.
He has been a professional fisherman since 1977, and is intensely proud of his chosen profession. Fishing is a way of life and he feels that it has been very good to him and his family. He is committed to keeping the Australian seafood industry sustainable, and making sure what he catches is of premium quality.
Geoff joined the Board of OceanWatch Australia in 2005 to work to protect fish habitat, improve water quality and to promote sustainability.
Geoff became the Chair of OceanWatch in early 2016. He is a strong advocate of building a better future for Australian seafood by strengthening partnerships with government, resource managers, business and the community.
Geoff is also currently:
- Chairman of the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Cooperative
- Director of the NSW Catchers' Trust
- Director of the NSW Seafood Industry Council
- Director of the Professional Fishermen's Association
- Director NSW Fisherman’s Co-operative Association
He has also been:
- A member of the Fisheries Research and Development
- Corporation's NSW Fisheries Research Advisory Board,
- A member of the NSW DPI Linkage Working Group
With over 10 years’ experience working in fisheries licensing and regulatory reform, Andrew Powell currently heads up the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s Regulatory Improvement and External Services team. To date, this program has successfully implemented over 30 reforms, reducing the impact of regulation on Australian fishers.
Andrew’s expertise in both reforming regulation and providing client focussed services has encouraged the development and implementation of digital solutions in the management of fisheries increasing the usability of services and systems for fishers.
Ewan is a recognised entrepreneur and innovator within the oyster industry. He has pioneered key innovations and the McAsh family have been the first to adopt many of the practices that have subsequently become standard within the industry. He has won recognition and respect beyond the industry for his pioneering of farm based provenance and direct to consumer and restaurant marketing initiatives including Signature Oysters Pty. Ltd.
Ewan holds a bachelor of Marine Science and is a Nuffield Scholar (2012). During his Nuffield Scholarship, he studied the role of strategic planning in re-vitalising the NSW Oyster Industry.
For Ewan, the missing piece to transform the oyster industry has been the digital platform to scale collaboration so that farming is not constrained by geography. SmartOysters enables farmers to scale their operations, own their farm data and create shared value within and beyond their industry.
The oyster industry is uniquely placed to lead the move towards farmer ownership of data and the creation of shared value through collaborative farming practices. It is after all, a craft with time, labour and love as its only inputs.
Philip originally trained as an environmental scientist specialising in hydrogeology. He subsequently spent 25 years in a corporate career as a strategist and trusted advisor at board and CEO level; including advising on large social infrastructure and ICT programs. SmartOysters is the manifestation of careers strategic thinking and the experiences of advising on strategic change and digital disruption. Philip holds an honours science degree (major environmental science/hydrogeology), post graduate degrees in HRM and IR and a Master’s Degree in Management as well as qualifications from the Institute of Company Directors.
Aaron is the Chief Executive of the Pearl Producers Association, which represents the Australian South Sea pearl Industry. Recently Aaron was also appointed Executive Chair of the National Aquaculture Council. Prior to this, Aaron worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Deepwater group in New Zealand. Aaron holds Bachelor degrees in Law and in Anthropology & Master in International Relations. He has extensive experience in Fisheries and aquatic environmental legal and policy analysis.
Sevaly, an economist, has worked in the in fisheries and aquaculture sector for over 25 years in Australia, UK, Europe, Asia and Africa . Over the last five years, she has been exploring and evaluating methods which can verify, demonstrate and communicate the sustainability credentials of fisheries. Currently, she is coordinating FRDCs work under National Priority 1 which focuses on these issues and assists SFM in the implementation of their sustainability principles. Sevaly runs her own consultancy company, Oceanomics.
Stan Lui is a Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island) which is located in the top eastern Torres Strait. Stan is a graduate of James Cook University and has worked in managerial roles with both State and Commonwealth Agencies in Fisheries Management, Aquaculture Development and Natural Resource Management. Stan is a Board Member of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, the Chair of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporations Indigenous Reference Group, on the Board of the Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation. Stan holds commercial fishing licences in the Torres Strait Spanish mackerel, coral trout and tropical rock lobster fishery.