As Chief Executive Officer, Mr Taylor has a primary responsibility for the delivery of WRL’s strategic goals and objectives. Mr Taylor is the conduit between WRL’s Board of Directors, industry, government and the broader community.
Mr Taylor has a strong background in the fishing industry including years as a commercial fisherman across numerous sectors. He then completed a degree in aquaculture and seafood science before being awarded first class Honours in 2000 for an abalone project. Following this he worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over six years including establishing and coordinating the national research flagship for water.
Mr Taylor was elected to the 39th Parliament as the Member for Bateman on 9 March 2013. He was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier before becoming the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for State Development; Transport; and Innovation. He was a very strong advocate for the fishing and aquaculture industries during his time as a Member of Parliament and has developed knowledge and networks that are valuable to this role of CEO.
Mr Taylor provides high level strategic and tactical advice on industry-related issues and coordinates the implementation of the Board’s decisions. He also has ultimate responsibility for the corporate governance and financial accountability of WRL and for the management and leadership of its staff.
As Finance & Administration Officer, Ms Chow provides financial and administrative support to the CEO, including overarching general operations, oversight of governance arrangements and financial processes of reconciliation and compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business and Management Studies from the University of Bradford.
Ms Chow is originally from Singapore and moved to Perth with her family and joined WRL in November 2014. Katherine started her career in a management and business development role in supply chain solutions and automotive sector in Europe, Oceania and Asia Pacific.
As Market Analyst, Mr Price is responsible for the assembly and analysis of industry and market information. His key responsibilities include providing analysis and assistance to the TACC Committee, preparing internal reports and presentations, and developing and maintaining an industry market dashboard. This work supports the vital decision making that will affect the business of our members.
Mr Price has a strong background in applied economics and market analysis, with experience across a range of industries and markets. He joins WRL after several years working at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). His professional experience also includes a variety of commercial, policy and research roles with organisations including GrainCorp, GrainGrowers and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
As Communications Officer, Mr Cowe drives progress in the development and implementation of our communications strategy and industry research projects.
Mr Cowe has a strong background in marketing, communications and social media strategy with a degree in Business (Economics & Marketing) from Murdoch University. James has considerable research, analysis and content writing skills and is also experienced in the creation of digital content across a variety of platforms.
Before working at WRL, Mr Cowe held similar positions within the engineering and education sectors. Mr Cowe's most recent role saw him working for Monadelphous Engineering and before that Christchurch Grammar School as Marketing & Communications Specialists. Mr Cowe brings a diverse set of skills and experience to his role at WRL.