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.


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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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


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.


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. 


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.