Changes to the Recfishwest Board of Directors

The Directorship of Recfishwest recently undertook some changes as Ian Sewell and Ian Stagles both stepped down from their positions as Directors.

Ian Stagles and Ian Sewell have each contributed enormously to Recfishwest providing many years of dedicated service towards improving recreational fishing for all West Australians. Each has recently made the hard decision to step down due to personal and work circumstances.

Ian Stagles was instrumental in establishing Recfishwest in 1997 and served as its inaugural Chair for two years. He was recognised for his contribution to recreational fishing in 2000 with the Australian Sports Medal. He re-joined the Board in 2010 and chaired an organisational review subsequently serving on both the Governance and Communications Committees during this term.

I have very much enjoyed being part of the “new” Recfishwest, having been involved in its establishment all those years ago, and it has given me a great sense of personal satisfaction. The organisation now is positioned to achieve far more than I ever envisaged at the very first Board meeting. All credit to the Board and the staff and my grateful thanks for bringing, what seemed like a good idea back then, to where it is now” – Ian StaglesIan Stagles


Ian Stagles endorsed his successor, Mr Jason Froud, who has been appointed to fill the vacancy created until the Recfishwest Annual General Meeting in October.

Ian Sewell has been elected to the Recfishwest Board on four separate occasions, with his most recent election being in 2014 for a two year term. He has been Deputy Chair of Recfishwest since 2012 and was also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk and Communications Committees.

“It was with a lot of reluctance that I have resigned from the board of Recfishwest, with work commitments and a young family taking priority.

 I however leave the Board knowing that the organisation has taken massive leaps ahead with the hard work that has been done in the last couple of years, I am particularly pleased with the work done in bringing the organisation in line with ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. While it does not sound like much it is beyond what is required for a not for profit organisation such as Recfishwest and ensures that the quality of work achieved in the past will be carried on into the future.  The current Board, CEO and staff are all incredibly passionate and more than capable to carry on the good work, I wish them all the best as they move forward.

While I am no longer on the board I hope that I can help on some of the committees, reference groups and fishing clinics when required.” – Ian Sewell.

Ian Sewell

The Deputy Chair position left vacant by Ian Sewell has now been filled by Director Geoff Ellis.

To read more about the Recfishwest Board structure, click here.