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 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.
Markus has a Bachelor of Science. An extensive background in business planning and strategy development which he applies to the fishing industry.
Scallop: Andrew Watts
Based 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.
Retail (Secondary): Gary Leonard
Gary 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.
Gary has a Diploma of the Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations), Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment, Statement of Attainment QSA-AU Management Systems Auditing, QSA-FS Auditing Food Safety Management Systems, HACCP Principles and has partially completed a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management.
Abalone: Geoff Ellis
Geoff 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 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 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 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.
Casual: Glenn Casement
Glenn comes from a legal background with over 11 years as a Barrister.
Glenn has a family background and a deep interest and commitment to the commercial fishing industry.
Casual: Tanya King
Dr Tanya King is an anthropologist interested in issues relating to natural resource management, the environment, gender, national identity, public policy and mythical sea creatures. Her doctoral work considered the lives of Bass Strait shark fishermen. In addition to commercial fishermen, she has worked with dairy farmers, rural women farmers, members for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and professional rodeo riders.
Tanya’s current research is on the health and well-being of commercial fishermen and their families across Australia.
Wayne Cripps: Eel, Bait, Mussel Bay, Inlet & Inland
Appointed Director at the SIV Annual General Meeting
Craig Fox: Casual
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.