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Speakers’ Lineup for DECK 2020

This year’s program will feature a line-up of guest speakers and industry experts from diverse backgrounds and experience to cover a wide range of topics from social licence and resource management to succession planning, safety, innovation, science and technology.


Terry Lissiman

Terry Lissiman has been an MFL owner/operator in the A and B Zones for over 34 years. Prior to this Terry worked in Prawning, Tuna and Abalone fisheries. He has worked with DPIRD’s Research Department on a number of research projects. 

Terry has brought to the WRL Board a wide experience of being an active member on Ministerial Advisory Boards, Councils and Fisherman’s Committees and has the historical knowledge and commitment to assist the western rock lobster industry in maintaining sustainability. Terry is also a Director on the Board of the Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative. 


Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor has a strong background in the fishing industry, including years as a commercial fisherman across numerous sectors. He completed a degree with first-class Honours in aquaculture and seafood science before working for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) which included establishing and coordinating the national research flagship for water in WA. 

As Chief Executive Officer, Matt has a primary responsibility for the delivery of WRL’s strategic goals and objectives. He provides high level strategic and tactical advice on industry-related issues and coordinates the implementation of the Board’s decisions. 


Graeme Baudains

Graeme Baudains is the Principal Management Officer responsible for the management of rock lobster and deep-sea crab resources at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. He has an Environmental Science Degree and began working for “Fisheries” not long after graduating in 1997.   

Graeme started his career in fisheries research as a technical officer working on a variety of fisheries including purse seine, snapper, deep-sea crabs and lobster until he made the move to fisheries management.  He now has over 15 years of experience managing a variety of commercial and recreational fisheries with a significant portion of that time working with the west coast rock lobster fishery. 


Steven Davies

Steven Davies is CEO of Aquatic Life Industries and a third-generation seafood professional. Originally hailing from Port Lincoln in South Australia, Steven spent the first 18 years of his professional life fishing for prawns and sardines in Spencer Gulf as well as growing oysters in Coffin Bay.  

He moved to WA eight years ago and took up a senior managerial role with listed company Marine Produce Australia. Whilst there, he won an FRDC scholarship to study the concept of social licence and how it may impact the Australian seafood industry. 

He is a long-term director on the Board of the Aquaculture Council of WA, Committee Member with the West Australian Fishing Industry Council, Nuffield Scholar, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. 


Sue Middleton

Sue Middleton is recognised as an entrepreneur, skilled advocate and a highly influential leader within regional and rural Australia. Sue has worked for 3 decades holding successive and extensive Board and leadership roles across all levels of industry and government.  Sue and her husband Michael have developed a greenfields orchard Moora Citrus in a new horticulture area and also manage a diversified farm in the district growing grains, oaten hay and pork.  

Sue also manages a consulting business AgDots that connects and generates value for businesses and organisations in agriculture and regional development.  She has driven both strategy and business planning processes in the various family businesses she is involved in and has also worked with Rural Edge to develop and implement their Strategy. 


Trevor Lake

Trevor Lake is a Director of RSM in Geraldton.  He joined RSM in Geraldton as a client manager in 2006 and became a partner in January 2014.  

Trevor commenced his career with PriceWaterhouse Coopers in South Africa in 1995 working in their Assurance & Advisory division. He was promoted to the position of audit manager in 1998, before deciding to embark on a career change with Saambou Bank as a financial manager in their housing finance division. Trevor set up his division’s financial department, hiring 13 personnel to fulfil the accounting, cost accounting management, risk management and financial administration roles required. 


Nathan Maxwell-McGinn

Nathan Maxwell-McGinn has over a decade’s experience in international trade, marketing, business and brand development. His company JSJ Seafood annually export over $50 million of Australian and International seafood to Asia under the “Three Capes” brand. He has assisted companies in Europe, South America and Africa develop new markets in Asia. Nathan’s buyer network extends from all major hubs in China through to Japan and South East Asia. 

He is the chair of the Seafood Trade Advisory Group, a group that has developed key Government relationships in Canberra to provide advice on Free Trade Agreements and Trade and Market access issues. He is also an active board member for the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce advocating for Export businesses in WA.  


Greg Hart

As a Founding Director of Wild Oceans, Greg Hart has over 30 years of experience in the Australasian and Global seafood market. With sales in excess of US$50m per year, the Wild Oceans company represents a range of high valued seafood producers from across the globe, with lobster as one of its main categories.  

Apart from a successful trading career, Greg has written and presented many research papers for various government and private organisations.  

Greg is also a member of the Total Allowable Commercial Catch Committee established by Western Rock Lobster and in his role brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to the Committee. 


Kurt Warhurst

Kurt Warhurst is a registered professional engineer with over 20 years’ experience in consulting, design, commissioning, operations and maintenance. He has a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialising in industrial automation, drives and control systems. Kurt has a passion for finding how things work, solving the puzzle, and a practical approach to improving equipment operation. 

Kurt enjoys the lifestyle of Geraldton since relocating three years ago with his wife and family of four boys, including the thrill of the coastline, Surf Lifesaving Club, camping outdoors and working remote bush at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory as the Drive System Specialist with the CSIRO. 


Simon de Lestang

Simon de Lestang is the Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in charge of offshore crustaceans, which includes the western rock lobster.   

Simon got his PhD in 2000, which was based on the biology and assessment of blue swimmer crab along the west coast of WA.  He has now been working on lobster for over 15 years, mainly in the area of stock assessment.  The majority of his work nowadays involves programming computer-based stock models.  


Brett Molony

Dr Brett Molony is a Principal Research Scientist and Coastal Group Leader, Oceans & Atmosphere, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Perth, WA. Brett has more than 30 years of experience as a marine, estuarine and freshwater researcher within Australia and internationally and has published more than 50 articles and two books.  

His research interests include cumulative risk and impact assessments – including social and cultural value mapping – and assessing inter-relationships in multiple-use coastal and marine areas, to assist decision making.


Sabin Ivey

Sabin Ivey was born and bred in the deep south of New Zealand and farming has been in his family for generations. He was lucky enough to work in a number of different ag-sectors before graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agribusiness & Agriculture). Sabin has been banking ever since, with the majority of that time in Agribusiness and the last 12 years for ANZ in WA.  

He considers himself very fortunate to work in such a great industry and he gets a lot of satisfaction from assisting customers with growing their business and achieving their financial goals. 


Tanya Adams

Tanya Adams holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma in OH&S. She began her career in occupational health and safety in 1984, working in variety of OSH roles until 1992. 

In 1992 Tanya started as the WAFIC OSH Consultant to assist fishing industry to commence the process of self-regulation by developing an Industry Best Practice health and safety code for all sectors. In addition, the work involved extension of the Industry Code through training and awareness. In 2004 – 2008 Tanya was engaged by the FRDC to replicate this work across Australia. 

Currently Tanya is the lead in a FRDC project to develop the Seafood Industry Workplace Safety Resource Toolkit. The objective of this project is to provide resources for industry to manage workplace health and safety. 


Peter Rogers 

Dr Peter Rogers joined DPIRD in 1973 as a clerk and was involved in all facets of administration, economic research, policy and legislation development, and fisheries resource management. His career at DPIRD spanned over 33 years, including 15 years as the CEO (1991-2006). 

After DPIRD, Peter was as a consultant for and Chairman of Western Australian Marine Scient Institution (WAMSI). He was also involved in tropical rock lobster aquaculture research and development, a professor in research at Murdoch University and undertook other consultancies involving the commercial fishery sector, biosecurity and policy development. Peter’s involvement with the commercial rock lobster fishery extends over 48 years.