Our Board

The Recfishwest board contains eight directors, comprising five nominated directors elected by the Recfishwest membership and three appointed directors.

Tim Bray

Tim Bray

Chairman, Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

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 was again elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2017 AGM for a two-year term.

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 re-appointed as Chairman for a two-year term, announced at the 2019 AGM.

Geoff Ellis

Geoff Ellis

Non-Executive Director

Geoff is an independent, non-executive Director of Recfishwest. Geoff is also the Deputy Chair of the Board and 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 also 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, licensed motor vehicle dealer and licenced second hand dealer.

Geoff was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2017 AGM for a two-year term and subsequently re-appointed to the Board at the 2019 AGM.

Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Recfishwest Communications Committee

Jeff Cooper is the past President of the Broome Fishing Club and former Chair of Broome Boating Facility Community Reference Group.

Jeff is a former board member for the Marine Park Reserves Authority and former representative of the International Game Fishing Association, is currently a Training Director at the North Regional TAFE and is also a mentor for the Recfishwest Young Future Leaders program.

Jeff has been a major proponent for barramundi stock enhancement in the Kimberley and has been heavily involved with restocking Dampier Creek, as well as being a project leader for the Lake Kununurra restocking project.

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.

Liam Surridge

Liam Surridge

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Recfishwest Corporate Governance Committee

Liam is the chair of the Recfishwest Corporate Governance Committee.

Liam is a passionate fresh and saltwater fisherman and an active member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of Western Australia of which he is the Treasurer. He is also the treasurer and one of the founding members of the West Australian chapter of the Australian Trout Foundation and a member of the WA Trout and Freshwater Angling Association.

When not fishing, Liam occupies a role in senior management (CFO & Company Secretary) in a commercial property development firm. Liam has a passion for recreational fishing, particularly fresh and saltwater flyfishing and lure fishing. He is strongly committed to see this important recreational activity sustainably developed.

As a qualified chartered accountant and member of various committees, Liam has strong financial and management expertise and experience with incorporated associations. He is also skilled at negotiating and reaching outcomes favourable to all stakeholders.

Liam has a broad-based experience and a solid track record of involvement within the recreational fishing industry and is enthusiastic to further Recfishwest’s goals.

Simon McLernon

Simon McLernon

Non-Executive Director

Simon was elected to the Recfishwest Board at the 2018 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 one and a half decades including ship building and subsea engineering.

Simon currently works as a subsea engineer specialising in rig-less well intervention at Baker Hughes Jandakot-based offices.

Simon has previously volunteered his engineering skills to design and manufacture the Bluewater Safety Float to help increase safety for divers and other boat users. Simon has a particular interest in shark behaviour and is currently working in partnership with Sharkbanz to design, test and launch an effective shark deterrent device for Australian line fishermen in WA's North West.

Being an avid diver and fisher throughout his life, Simon has a strong interest in marine life behaviour and the sustainability of WA fisheries. Simon was the events coordinator for Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia for two-and-a-half years and was the Vice President for two years.

Dean Thorburn

Dean Thorburn

Non-Executive Director

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 at the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 AGM’s.

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 also a member of the Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia.

Emma George

Emma George

Non-Executive Director

Emma is a Non-Executive Director of Recfishwest and a member of the Communications Committee. Emma was elected to the Recfishwest Board in December 2020.

Originally from Victoria, Emma — an Australian pole-vaulting champion — moved to Perth in 1999 ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to train and prepare for the historic sporting event.

Emma and her husband Ashley initially planned to only live in Perth for three years, however, they're still here — with fishing playing a major part in the decision to stay.

“WA is our home now and we can’t see ourselves leaving now with the beautiful coastline, places to camp, it really is an amazing place to live," Emma told Recfishwest after she joined the Recfishwest Board.

Emma, who completed a journalism degree after moving to the west coast, launched into sport writing following the end of her pole-vaulting career in 2003.

Nowadays, Emma also has her own website — Love The Outdoors — which publishes how-to family fishing and camping suggestions and tips.

“I’m very passionate about getting kids out into the outdoors and the website has the basics for if you haven’t camped or fished before and what you need to take for the kids,” she said.

Ian Sampson

Ian Sampson

Non-executive Director

Ian Sampson is a Non-Executive Director of Recfishwest and a member of the Governance Committee. Ian was elected to the Recfishwest Board in December 2020.

Ian hails from from a sport-oriented family, spending winters playing junior footy for City Beach in his younger years. In the summer, Ian sailed the Swan River, Cockburn Sound, Owen Anchorage and off Fremantle Sailing Club along with some extended stays in Parker Point at Rottnest. Sailing remains one of Ian's passions today and he is still active sailing on a Farr 40 at Fremantle Sailing Club.

A sailmaker by trade, Ian developed a business on Stirling Highway in North Fremantle importing, distributing, and servicing windsurfing equipment before undertaking his tertiary studies.

Ian's tertiary qualifications include Master of Business Management (MBA), Post Graduate Certificate of Investigation of Commercial Crime and Juris Doctor (JD) (Law degree). He is also a Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator (ACIArb.). Ian now practices law at Roundhouse Legal in Parry Street, Perth.

Ian is a keen demersal fisher and can be found dab-netting for king prawns under the cliffs of Rocky Bay on winter nights, squidding local waters or land-based fishing around the metro area.

Ian has an interest in shipping law and maritime archaeology. He is a passionate advocate for sustainability and loves the Western Australian coastline and outdoor lifestyle.