Recfishwest Board and Staff

The Recfishwest Board of Directors was elected from the Recfishwest membership at the Annual General Meeting held in November 2016.

The board contains eight (8) directors comprising of five (5) nominated directors and three (3) appointed directors (Figure 1). The board has a non-voting Chairman elected by the Board of Management.

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2015/16 Recfishwest Annual Report


Directors:

Tim Bray, Chairman

Tim Bray

Tim is an independent, non-executive Director of Recfishwest and Chairman of Recfishwest.  He is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.  Tim was first appointed to the Recfishwest Board in 2012 for a one year term and subsequently re-appointed for a two year term in October 2013.

Tim worked as a fisheries scientist, fisheries manager and senior advisor to the Minister for Fisheries over a 14 year period before joining Western Power as Manager Corporate Affairs. Tim was also the General Manager of Corporate Communications with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for two years before joining Ecocentric Energy as its inaugural CEO.

Tim is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Tim was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2015 AGM for a two year term.

Geoff Ellis, Deputy Chairman, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Geoff Ellis

Geoff is an independent, non-executive Director of Recfishwest.  He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.  He also represents Recfishwest on the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

Currently, (semi-retired) Geoff is a Director of Super Nova Motor Yachts trading as Offshore Marine and has been for the past 25 years.  He has managed several retail boat and caravan sales businesses in WA.

Geoff has held the following positions, President/Finance Director of Boating Industry Association WA, member of Caravan Industry Association WA, member of the Motor Trade Association, licenced motor vehicle dealer and licenced second hand dealer.

Geoff was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2015 AGM for a two year term.

Jason Froud, Chair of  the Communications Committee

Jason Froud

Jason is a non-executive Director of Recfishwest and Chair of the Communications Committee.

Jason has worked during the last seven years with a Western Australian energy company in senior corporate affairs and policy roles using his knowledge of politics, science, the media, social trends and economics.  He holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) as well as a Graduate Diploma Business (Management) and Diploma Public Sector Management.

Jason has previously been involved with the Aquarium of Western Australia, Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef and the Department of Fisheries in Western Australia in policy, education and curatorial roles with nearly 20 years of marine experience and policy knowledge and skills.

Jason was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2015 AGM for a two year term.

Dean Thorburn

Dean Thorburn

Dean is a non-executive Director of Recfishwest and a member of the Governance Committee.  Dean was elected to the Recfishwest Board in October 2011, re-elected for a two year term in 2012 and again in 2014 AGM.

Dean is a biologist with 15 years professional experience in marine and aquatic studies and specialises in fish biology and ecological investigations of riverine and nearshore waters.

Dean is the Director and Principal Scientist of an environmental consulting company and has occupied that role since 2006.  In this current role, Dean continues to work on the biology of numerous bony and cartilaginous fish species and conducts environmental monitoring programs, impact assessments and aids with government approvals for various projects throughout northern

Australia and south-east Asia.

Dean is a member of the Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia.

Heidi Cuthbert 

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Heidi is an experienced marketing and communications professional, backed by a decade of media experience, mostly in business and finance journalism.  Heidi holds an MBA (Distinction) from Murdoch University and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from the University of Technology in Sydney.   Heidi is also working towards completing her Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) qualifications with CPA Australia.

Heidi is the Managing Partner of Perth-based content marketing firm Multiplier.

Heidi has 15+ years’ experience in communications and roles as business news anchor for Channel 9 Sydney and Bloomberg TV in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.

Kevin Gammage, Chair of the Governance Committee

Kevin Gammage

Kevin is an independent, non-executive Director of Recfishwest and also Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee.  He is currently serving his second term as one of the three appointed Directors of Recfishwest.

Currently, Kevin is a partner in the corporate law firm Nova Legal.  Prior to being admitted to practice in Western Australia, Kevin worked in the corporate sector, spending sixteen years at senior management level and CEO level in listed and unlisted companies with annual sales revenue between $50 – $90 million.

In these roles Kevin led negotiations relating to business sales and acquisitions, supply agreements, intellectual property licensing, structuring of shareholder arrangements and capital raisings.

 Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper is the past President of the Broome Fishing Club, and former Chair of Broome Boating Facility Community Reference Group.  Jeff is also a former board member for the Marine Park Reserves Authority, and a representative of the International Game Fishing Association.

Jeff is currently the Portfolio Manager at the North Regional Tafe (former Kimberley Training Institute) for Aquaculture, Fisheries, Maritime (including the Broome Maritime Simulation Centre), ASD training, Logistics, Aviation, Warehousing, Children’s Services, Aged Care, Community Services, Short Courses.

Jeff oversees training program development and implementation across 1 Million Square Kilometres of area including the Kimberley and Pilbara. He has the ability to undertake complex programs including; large scale barramundi restocking activities, bespoke high end maritime simulation work, broad scale training programs in extremely remote Aboriginal communities, and customised training activities for large clients.

Jeff is an avid recreational angler and has been a major proponent for barramundi stock enhancement in the Kimberley and has been heavily involved with restocking Dampier creek, and project leader for the Lake Kununurra Restocking project. He has been a mentor for Recfishwest past 3 Young Future Leaders programs.

Jeff is extremely enthusiastic about game fishing and has previously worked with Dr Julian Pepperell to tag sailfish with PSAT and SPOT tags to determine their movements and behaviours around Broome as part of a Woodside funded program.

Simon McLernon

Simon

Simon was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Simon is a non-executive Director of Recfishwest and a member of the governance and communications committees.

He brings a wealth of external experience from his work as an engineer from a variety of different industries over the past decade including ship building and subsea engineering.  Simon currently manages a team of subsea engineers at GE.

The past 2.5 years has seen Simon volunteering his engineering skills in designing and manufacturing the Bluewater Safety Float which is designed to help increase safety for divers and other boat users.

Being an avid diver and fisher throughout his life, Simon has a strong interest in marine life behavior and the sustainability of WA fisheries.

Simon was the events coordinator for Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia for 2.5 years and currently holds the role of Vice President of the dive club.


Staff Members

Dr Andrew Rowland, Chief Executive Officer

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Leyland Campbell,  Operations Manager

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Yvette Guy, Office Manager

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Matthew Gillett, Regional Policy Officer

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Katie Green, Policy Officer

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Tim Grose, Communications  Manager

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James Florisson, Research Officer

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Michael Tropiano, Habitat Officer

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Bronte Nardi, Community Engagement Officer

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Vanessa Abbott, Accountant

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Ruth Sprague, Administrative Officer

 

Isaac Tancred, Communications Officer

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Employment

Recfishwest  currently have  no positions available.