Dr Andrew Rowland
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew has long been avid fisher and enjoys many types from marron, trout and redfin to offshore species and everything in between. He loves getting on the water at all opportunities and will be found in his boat or kayak or wading the flats most weekends.
Andrew studied at Murdoch University and has a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science. Andrew is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Recfishwest, a role he has filled since 2012. Andrew is a Director for Fishability (formally Fishers with Disabilities Association). Andrew is also a member of the Recfishing Research Steering Committee, which provides advice to the FRDC. Andrew also sits on the Certification Advisory Body the WA MSC initiative and is a member of the Premier’s Marine Science Roundtable.
Andrew believes that rec fishing provides significant social, cultural, health and economic benefits to WA and is passionate about maintaining and building this value for the benefit to the whole community. He understands that natural resource management requires striking a balance between competing user groups, and various (often diverse) stakeholders in protecting the resource which they value. A key component to achieving the right balance is ensuring the interest and values of West Australians who enjoy fishing are effectively represented to protect and develop great fishing experiences.
Leyland started at Recfishwest as a Research Officer in 2012, before being appointed to Principal Policy Officer in 2013. This position transformed into Operations Manager in 2016. As Operations Manager, Leyland is responsible for ensuring Recfishwest’s day to day business activities are running smoothly and providing the best possible outcomes for the states estimated 752,000 recreational fishers.
Leyland has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Aquaculture and Seafood Science and has managed aquaculture training facilities in both Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Leyland has spent over ten years as a lecturer at various universities and has practical experience in the culture of a number of tropical and sub-tropical species.
In addition to tertiary postgraduate qualifications, Leyland also possess an unrestricted Coxswain Certificate, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Small Business and Frontline Management and is a recent graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fishing has always been a passion for Leyland and he finds the challenge of helping to protect the rights of the recreational fishing community and improving fishing experiences to be very rewarding.
Tim is Recfishwest’s Communications Manager and looks after media and corporate communications. Tim started with Recfishwest in April 2014 as our Community Engagement Officer but has since evolved into the role of Communications Manager.
Tim has six years experience as a water resources expert and spent time as a Senior Water Planner at Department of Water, WA State Government, and Queensland State Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Water. Tim also has vast experience within the AFL and WAFL systems, coaching at WAFL level while spending time in Tonga, South Pacific, as an AFL Ambassador for game development and community engagement.
Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Resource Management and Aquaculture from Central Queensland University. A mad keen fisher, Tim can usually can be found on weekends throwing stick baits from Perth’s beaches chasing Salmon, Tailor or Herring. In the summer Tim loves his flats fishing and is usually waist deep in the Swan River chasing Flathead or Yellowfin Whiting.
Fishing Development Officer
Having grown up in a small South West community, Matt had a strong community spirit instilled in him from a young age. His love of fishing was borne out of family trips to Denmark on the south coast, and later with time spent on Christmas Island in the late 90’s. Matt has fished in almost every corner of WA and believes that the fishing opportunities on offer here are world class.
Matt attended the Recfishwest Future Leader program in 2008 and has been involved with Recfishwest in some capacity ever since. On completion of a 1 year term on the Board in 2009, Matt joined the Recfishwest team as a staff member in October 2010. He took on the Regional Policy Officer position in 2013 and is now Recfishwest's Fishing Development Officer. Matt enjoys his work visiting regional communities and providing solutions and promoting increased fishing opportunities across the state.
James started at Recfishwest in 2013 after completing the Young Future Leadership program, working part time while completing a Marine Science Degree at Murdoch University. In 2014 James took part in the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program, completed a Diploma in Fisheries Compliance and Management from the Kimberley Training Institute and started Honours studying citizen science as a tool for monitoring artificial reefs.
He graduated in mid-2015 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Science and started fulltime employment with Recfishwest. In the Office James assists with the administration of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, conducts research into citizen science monitoring methods and the development of Habitat Enhancement Structures and assists in recreational fishing research around Western Australia.
Growing up in Esperance, James has a passion for the marine environment and in particular fishing. Surface fishing for pelagics and jigging for demersals is James’ favourite ways to spend a weekend and after fishing all his life James enjoys working at Recfishwest to do his part for fishing in WA.
Aaron discovered his love and passion for fishing and the marine environment at a young age, following a move to Perth from India. Growing up, he spent countless hours reading fishing magazines and online articles in order to build his knowledge on his favourite pastime.
Aaron completed his degree in Marine Science at Murdoch University in 2017, while also volunteering at Fremantle Tafe with their aquaculture program. Aaron took part in and completed the Young Future Leadership program in 2018, along with assisting at fishing events where he represented Recfishwest. In late 2018, Aaron joined Recfishwest as a member of the policy team, where he looks into the background information and decision making processes that go into fisheries management. He has a great passion for fisheries management and acknowledges the many benefits recreational fishing can bring to an individual or the community. Making sure the views of the state’s recreational fishers are justly represented in management is a challenge that he finds gratifying.
Being a very keen fisher, Aaron loves walking the beaches casting surface lures for tailor and during summer finds himself often wading the flats where he enjoys chasing predominantly yellowfin whiting and other sportfish willing to engulf a top-water offering. He has also enjoyed success in fishing for pelagics from shore and top-water fishing for GT’s. Through his position at Recfishwest, Aaron strives to do his part in ensuring that all West Aussies have the same opportunities that he’s had and give them a better chance of getting that fish of a lifetime.
Alanna began her career in the Fishing industry as a volunteer Fishing Clinic Instructor for both Fishability and Recfishwest, and in 2018 she joined the team as our Communications Coordinator.
With a degree in Education and coming from the Corporate Banking world, with experience as an Executive Assistant, Project Officer and Communications Operations Manager, she brings a range of skills and knowledge to the team.
She is a passionate female angler, always looking to learn more and that enthusiasm is what bought her to Western Australia from Tassie. Her love for the outdoors was instilled at a young age and she now runs a Facebook page for women fishers with the purpose to share experiences, meet like-minded individuals and learn from one another. In addition, she promotes her own social media pages with the goal to be an ambassador to young females in the industry.
Alanna truly believes fishing can play a large part in one’s mental and physical wellness and is a great way to teach children and adults about the environment and sustainability.
Her favourite type of fishing is freshwater fishing but enjoys deep sea, kayak, shore and boat fishing and has competed in several Bream Fishing Tournaments.
Steph is the Project Officer and part of the research team at Recfishwest. In her role she has been planning and coordinating Reef Vision projects as more artificial reefs continue to be deployed around the state. Steph completed her marine Science degree in 2015 at Murdoch University, and will commence her Honours degree in 2018 – whilst working as a part time Project officer. Steph’s studies will be analysing the data obtained by these Reef Vision projects focussing on the development of the artificial reefs to improve fishing around the state.
Since graduating, Steph has gained experience in South Australia conducting population census on Southern Right Whales, completed an internship at South African Shark Conservancy which involved deploying and analysing BRUVs, and volunteered at the WA Museum in Aquatic Zoology. Steph began an internship program with Recfishwest during January 2017 and has been involved in the fishing community.
She has worked with Dr Julian Pepperell, collecting samples and data of pelagic fish species, at separate game fishing comps in Exmouth and Dampier, as part of an ongoing Australia wide operation to establish DNA sample banks for future studies. Steph continued sampling at Gamex 2017 for Recfishwest.
Steph is an experienced diver and enjoys fishing and all things artificial reefs. She has a great understanding of Western Australia’s fish species and enjoys working with the community.
Yvette is the Office Manager at Recfishwest and is a Certified IV Bookkeeper assisting the Accountant. She has been employed with Recfishwest since 2006 and during that time has had various roles which have included, memberships, fishing clinic co-ordinator and events.
Her responsibilities ensure that the daily operations run efficiently and her organisational skills keep our team running smoothly whilst assisting the CEO and Operations Manager.
Yvette previously came from an insurance background of 20 years and has been self-employed in that same industry.
Yvette has seen many changes during her 10 years at Recfishwest and is proud to be part of such a dynamic team.
Membership and Events Officer
Ruth joined Recfishwest in August 2014 as the Administration officer, however her strengths in events and customer service shaped this position to that of Memberships and Events officer and she enjoys the varied nature of her role and meeting the members.
Her experience as a previous business owner in the retail sector, as well as having worked in both a wide variety of Government and Non Government organisations, has provided Ruth with the skills and experience required to deliver quality customer service outcomes. Ruth has been instrumental in helping the Purple Fly Fishing Program become a great success for women recovering from breast cancer.
Raised by a very keen fisher with the mantra “the only right you have is the right to be useful and make a difference” she enjoys cricket, AFL and cooking desserts.
Fishing Clinic Coordinator
Officially joining the team in June 2017 in a part time role, Kate has had a long running association with Recfishwest; assisting with numerous fishing clinics since 2012, as well as at the annual Purple Fly Fishing event with Recfishwest and Breast Cancer Care WA .
As a qualified trainer and assessor, Kate is passionate about developing consistent and relevant training material for sharing skills and information with keen learners of any age or ability. Since leaving the rail industry after 16 years, family and voluntary community commitments take up the balance of Kate’s time.
Vanessa is the accountant for Recfishwest and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University.
Vanessa is a member of the Institute of Practicing Accountants. This is a requirement of Recfishwest’s important role in administering and co-ordinating the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.
Vanessa views her work for Recfishwest since 2012 as a pleasure as well as a privilege.
Her experience as a previous wholesale business owner, as well as having worked for organisations from insurance to a company with a chain of stores, has provided Vanessa with the acumen required to deliver audit compliant financial reports and budgets that consider the complexities of multi-year project cost centres.
Vanessa strives to maintain good financial control whilst remaining flexible to the demands of the dynamic organisation that is Recfishwest.
Office Support Volunteer
John works at Recfishwest 2 days a week. He joins our team as part of the Intelife program.
John packs membership bags, puts together prizes for events and is a buzz of excitement around the office.
When John's not in the office he's watching his many action movies with Arnie being his lifelong hero.