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 has recently been re-appointed as the 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. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board. 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 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.

Kevin Gammage

Kevin Gammage

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee

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 16 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

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Recfishwest Communications Committee

Jeff Cooper is the Chair of the Recfishwest Communications Committee and a representative of the International Game Fishing Association. He 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.

Jeff is currently a Training Manager at the North Regional TAFE (former Kimberley Training Institute) for Aquaculture, Fisheries, Maritime (including the Broome Maritime Simulation Centre), Community and Children’s Services, Conservation and Land Management, Pastoral, Tourism and other areas. He is also a mentor for the Recfishwest Young Future Leaders programs. Jeff has been a major proponent for barramundi stock enhancement in the Kimberley and has been heavily involved with restocking Dampier Creek, and has been 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 Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Liam is the Chair of the Recfishwest Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He 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 a 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, he 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 assocations. He is also skilled at negotiating and reaching outcomes favourable to all stakeholders. He 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 Board at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. He brings a wealth of external experience from his work as an engineer from a variety of industries over the past decade including ship building and subsea engineering. 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.

Currently Simon is working in a partnership for a small start-up company ’Old Man Blue‘ which designs and manufactures cray loops and spearfishing gear.

Simon has a particular interest in shark behaviour and is currently developing prototype shark deterrent devices and experiments aimed at reducing shark bite-offs in the 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.

Gary Thorniley

Gary Thorniley

Non-Executive Director

Gary has a career spanning agricultural research at CSIRO and Department of Agriculture (now DPIRD), technical and business advice, marketing, financial services and leadership.

Gary is a Senior Private Client Advisor at Morgans Financial in West Perth, Chairman of Ecocentric Energy and was previously Director of a financial advisory firm.
He is a member of the AICD, early adopter member of Conscious Capitalism Australia, Perth Angels and is a CFP member of the FPA.

Gary has a particular interest in directly contributing to the success of businesses and organisations that have a strong value proposition, make a real impact and demonstrate a positive culture.

Gary grew up boating and fishing at Port Gregory and still enjoys getting on the water when he can. Gary is a keen cyclist and supports charities through multiple fundraising events including riding in WA's iconic Hawaiian Ride For Youth.