Board Members

SIV’s Board of Directors are appointed at an annual general meeting. The Board is representative of both the primary (catching) sector and secondary (post harvest) sectors of the fishing-seafood industry.


Chair: Markus Nolle (Rocklobster)

Markus Nolle1

Markus is an owner and operator of a fishing vessel since 2007. He is President of the Victorian Rock Lobster Association (VRLA). He is also a member of the Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee, Rock Lobster & Giant Crab RAG, and a member of the FITS Review Committee.



Scallop: Andrew Watts

andy_wattsBased in Lakes Entrance, Andrew ‘s experience in the fishing industry covers both the scallop and squid fishery.

Although working full time Andrew splits his time and commitments between Victoria and Tasmania where he is a member of LEFCOL and the Tasmanian Scallop Fishermen’s Association.



Inshore/Trawl: Gary Leonard

gary_leonardGary has been fishing in the Gippsland Lakes since 1990 and has worked and observed on several vessels using methods such as Scallop Dredge, Purse Seine, Danish Seine, Prawn Trawl and Mussel Diving. This experience has given him an understanding of the different fishing practices and some of the challenges they face.

Gary serves as President of the East Gippsland Estuarine Fishermans Association (EGEFA), and is a foundation member and Chairman of the Victorian Bays and Inlets Fisheries Association (VBIFA). VBIFA were successful in developing and launching the Bay and Inlet Environmental Management System in 2005.

Gary is a director of LEFTRADE LTD, a Qualified Trainer and Assessor in the Vocational Education and Training sector and is registered as an Associate Auditor with RAB-QSA; scoped in Seafood  Operations & Food Transport and Warehousing Operations.


Abalone: Geoff Ellis

geoff_ellisGeoff is a Barrister and Solicitor with a current practising certificate. Geoff is CEO of the Eastern Zone Abalone Industry Association as well  as the Eastern Victorian Sea Urchin Divers Association. Geoff also commits his time to being the independent chair of the Abalone Fisherman’s Co-operative Ltd based in Mallacoota.



Aquaculture: Ed Meggitt

Ed MeggittEd is the president of the Victorian Trout Association and also runs the trout farm we all know as Goulburn River Trout.

Ed has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Melbourne University. He is currently the General Manager of Goulburn River Trout, a family owned business. He has been employed in the business since 1991.


Processor (Secondary): Michelle Hansen

Michelle HansenMichelle’s seafood experience includes 20 years working with the primary sector exporting for Tasmanian Seafood’s Pty Ltd.

Michelle has a MBA in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science. She is a member of the Abalone Association Australasia Incorporated (AAAI), Victorian Abalone Processors Association (VAPA) and the Victorian Abalone Divers Association (VADA).


Ocean Access/Purse Seine: Lisle Elleway

Lisle Elleway

Lisle has been in the commercial fishing industry for the last 30+ years focusing on cray and shark fishing. For the past 25 years Lisle has been working with squid fishery and has developed a squid processing business.

Lisle has been active in the squid fishery, helping to develop the management plan for the fishery (Squid MAC). He has also helped to develop a pipi industry in Victoria.

 Eel, Bait, Mussel Bay, Inlet & Inland: Wayne Cripps


Appointed Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting





Casual: Craig Fox

Appointed Casual Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting




Deputy Chair: Barbara Konstas(Secondary)

Appoined Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting

Casual: Kate Brooks

Appointed Casual Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting

Casual: Michael Hobson

Appointed Casual Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting

Becoming a SIV Board Director

If you want to lead and shape an industry maybe becoming a voluntary Board Director is for you. If you hold a current commercial fishing licence or abalone quota and are a member of an Association of SIV; you qualify for a directorship. For more information on directorships please contact SIV.