APPENDIX 3: COMMISSION AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

COMMISSION

Current Commissioners were appointed by our Minister on 1 March 2009, for five-year terms.

The Hon Michael Egan, FAICD – Chairman

The Hon Michael Egan, FAICD – Chairman

Michael is a company director, Chancellor of Macquarie University, Chairman of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Chairman of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd. He was previously Treasurer of New South Wales, Minister of State Development and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

Dr James Findlay – Chief Executive Officer (from 27 September 2010)

Dr James Findlay – Chief Executive Officer (from 27 September 2010)

James has a PhD in fisheries biology and has held senior government roles across fisheries science, policy and management.  He has also held senior government roles in other natural resource management areas including climate change and sustainable water use.  He was a research consultant in aquatic animal health for the aquaculture industry and was a senior lecturer in genetics at the University of Tasmania.  Prior to joining the public service he also worked in the commercial and recreational/charter fishing industries in Queensland. 

Prof Glenn Hurry – Chief Executive Officer (until 24 September 2010)

Prof Glenn Hurry – Chief Executive Officer (until 24 September 2010)

Glenn has had a long and successful career in the Australian Public Service. In addition to expertise in public sector administration, Glenn has an extensive knowledge of Australian fisheries through his senior roles in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,in AFMA and in the regional fisheries commissions. Glenn is known internationally for his pursuit of responsible fisheries management and Australia’s interests in international fisheries management organisations. Glenn resigned from his position of AFMA Chief Executive Officer in September 2010 to take up a position with Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Mr Ian Cartwright

Mr Ian Cartwright

Ian has an MSc (Economics), is Chair of the Tasmanian Fisheries Research Advisory Board and Chair of various fisheries committees. Ian’s expertise covers commercial fishing, fisheries science, natural resource management, economics and business management.

Dr John Glaister

Dr John Glaister

John is currently Deputy Director General in the Health Planning and Infrastructure Division of Queensland Health, delivering $2 billion in infrastructure annually, and previously Chief Scientist, Laing O’Rourke an international construction company; Deputy Director General of the Queensland Department of Transport; Chief Executive, Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand; Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation and Director-General, New South Wales Fisheries.

Ms Jenny Goddard

Ms Jenny Goddard

Jenny is an economist and previously Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Jenny held a number of senior roles within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and prior to that in the Department of the Treasury. She is now the inaugural Chair of the Australian Solar Institute Limited, a Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation and an economics and public policy consultant.

Ms Elizabeth Montano

Ms Elizabeth Montano

Former private sector financial services lawyer and Chief Executive in the Commonwealth, Elizabeth is currently a Member of the Council (Board) of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (and a member of the institute’s Audit Committee, Chair of the audit committee of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, a Member of the Audit Committees of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Customs and Border Protection Service and Principal of a consultancy business working in governance, business strategy, risk and audit. She holds the qualifications of BA, LLB and FAICD.

Ms Denise North FAICD

Ms Denise North FAICD

Denise has a BEc and MBA and is a Fellow of the AICD and the AIM. She is Chairman of Streetwize Communications Ltd and of the Council of International House, University of Sydney. Denise has held diverse senior executive and consulting roles across a range of sectors, and is currently Chief Executive of the Insolvency Practitioners Association. Denise’s expertise covers economics and business management, including corporate and business strategy development and organisational change.

Prof Keith Sainsbury

Prof Keith Sainsbury

Keith is Director of SainSolutions, Professor of Marine Systems Science (University of Tasmania), Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Marine Stewardship Council. Keith’s internationally recognised expertise covers fisheries science, natural resource management and marine ecology.

Mr Richard Stevens, OAM

Mr Richard Stevens, OAM

Richard has a BEcon, is a Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Deputy Presiding Member of the Fisheries Council of South Australia and chair/member of a number of state and territory fisheries committees. Richard’s expertise covers natural resource management, fishing industry operations and economics.

AFMA COMMISSIONERS – ATTENDANCE AT COMMISSION MEETINGS

Commissioner Commission Research Committee Environment Committee Audit and Risk Committee
The Hon Michael Egan FAICD (Chairman) 8 (9)      
Dr James Findlay (CEO) 6 (8)   0 (1)  
Prof Glenn Hurry (CEO) 1 (1)   0 (1)  
Mr Ian Cartwright 9 (9) 2 (2) 2 (2)  
Dr John Glaister 9 (9) 0 (2)    
Ms Jenny Goddard 9 (9)   0 (2)  
Ms Elizabeth Montano 9 (9)     6 (6)
Ms Denise North 7 (9)     6 (6)
Prof Keith Sainsbury 8 (9) 2 (2) 2 (2)  
Mr Richard Stevens, OAM (Deputy Chair) 8 (9)      

() number of meetings the commissioner was eligible to attend within their term of office

EXECUTIVE

Role and function

The Executive is AFMA’s senior management team responsible to the Chief Executive Officer for the effective operation and performance of the agency.

Membership

Dr James Findlay, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Sally Troy, Acting Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch

Mr Peter Venslovas, General Manager, Operations

Mr Mark Farrell, Chief Information Officer

Mr John Bridge, General Manager, Corporate Governance Branch

Mr Ryan Murphy, Executive Secretary

Ms Tanya Howitt, Chief Finance Officer

AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE

Role and function

The Audit and Risk Committee was established under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 by the Chief Executive Officer and met six times during the financial year. The main items considered by the Committee during the year were:

  • the Committee’s charter, membership and relationship to the Commission
  • review of the 2009–10 financial statements and certificate of compliance
  • review of the internal audit program and internal audit reports risk management arrangements and the fraud control plan
  • financial reporting arrangements under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997
  • review of the governance arrangements
  • financial management information system improvements
  • the risk management framework and Business Continuity Management Plan; and
  • external accountability.

Membership

The Committee comprises at least one commissioner, an AFMA senior executive member and at least one independent member. The members during the reporting period were:

  • Ms Denise North, Chair and Commissioner
  • Ms Elizabeth Montano, Commissioner
  • Mr John Bridge, executive
  • Mr Brian Macdonald, independent
  • Ms Jenny Morison, independent

A number of observers and advisers also attended meetings during the year, including the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Finance Officer and audit representatives from Ernst & Young (internal audit providers), Price Waterhouse Coopers (contracted external auditors) and the Australian National Audit Office.

AFMA’s Executive Secretariat section provides secretariat support for the Audit and Risk Committee.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Role and function

The role of the AFMA Research Committee is to advise the AFMA Commission on the strategic directions, priorities and funding for monitoring and research relevant to meeting AFMA’s information needs and objectives. In doing so the primary functions of the committee are to:

  • Review and advise on research, monitoring and assessment priorities for Commonwealth fisheries;
  • Review AFMA’s five year research plans for fisheries managed by AFMA;
  • Provide advice to the AFMA Commission on allocation of AFMA research funds; and
  • Assess research, monitoring and assessment investments for the Commonwealth fisheries for consistency with management needs.

The Committee held two meetings in 2010–11 in Canberra.

Membership

  • Mr Ian Cartwright , Chair and Commissioner
  • Prof Keith Sainsbury, Commissioner
  • Dr John Glaister, Commissioner
  • Dr James Findlay, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr Sally Troy, A/g General Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
  • Ms Katie Scutt, Secretary to the committee

The Committee also comprised the following AFMA advisors:

  • Mr David Galeano, Senior Manager, Policy, Environment, Research and Economics, AFMA.
  • Ms Mandy Goodspeed, Manager, Policy, Environment, Research and Economics, AFMA.

The Committee also invites regular observers to attend to provide expert advice:

  • Mr Crispian Ashby, Programs Manager, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Dr David Smith, Theme Leader, Sustainable Australian Fisheries and Ecosystems, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • Ms Trixi Madon, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Mr Gordon Neil, General Manager, Fisheries Branch, Australian Government Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Role and function

The AFMA Environment Committee provides advice to AFMA on strategies to address environmental issues, including ecologically sustainable development, the precautionary principle and minimising the impact on non-target species.

In 2010–11 the Environment Committee:

  • Identified potential research gaps and provided advice on research scopes which relate to environmental issues or provide a cross-fishery benefit
  • Monitored progress on:
    • Ecologically sustainable development
    • Ecological risk assessments and ecological risk management
    • Bycatch and discard workplans
    • Marine bioregional planning, and
    • Wildlife interactions.

The AFMA Environment Committee met twice during 2010–11. Meetings 32 and 33 of the committee were held on 21 September 2010 and 29 March 2011, respectively.

Membership

In 2010–11, the Committee comprised the following members:

  • Prof Keith Sainsbury, Chair and Commissioner
  • Mr Ian Cartwright, Commissioner
  • Ms Jenny Goddard, Commissioner
  • Prof Glenn Hurry/Dr James Findlay, AFMA Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC International
  • Ms Trixi Madon, Chief Executive officer of Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Mr Nigel Routh,Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Mr Gordon Neil, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Dr James Findlay/Dr Sally Troy, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch, AFMA

The Committee also comprised the following AFMA advisors:

  • AFMA Senior Manager, Policy, Environment and Research
  • AFMA Manager, Environmental Assessments
  • AFMA Manager, Ecological Risk.

The AFMA environment section provided the secretariat services for the Committee.

Information and Communications Technology Governance Committee

Role and function

The purpose of the Information and Communications Technology Governance Committee is to strengthen and enhance information and communications technology governance by advising and providing guidance on:

  • Strategic alignment of information technology with business objectives and directions
  • Value delivery – concentrating on optimising expenses and proving the value of information and communications technology
  • Risk management – ensuring the safeguarding of assets through disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans
  • Resource management – optimising information and communications technology infrastructure
  • Performance management – tracking delivery and monitoring information technology services.

The committee’s role is to advise on the strategic direction for the future of information and communications technology governance within AFMA. The combined business knowledge and strategic sense of the members of the committee will contribute to an environment that appropriately supports business processes and effectively promotes business outcomes. 

Membership

The Committee’s membership comprises the Chief Executive Officer (as Chair), and all General Managers. There are also another four members who represent senior management, significant business areas, and the Darwin and Thursday Island offices. The membership of the Committee is reviewed annually.