APPENDIX 3: COMMISSION AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

COMMISSION

Our 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

Mr Egan 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

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

Dr Findlay 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.

Mr Richard Stevens, OAM – Deputy Chair

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

Mr Stevens has a Bachelor of Economics, 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. Mr Stevens’s expertise covers natural resource management, fishing industry operations and economics.

Mr Ian Cartwright

Mr Ian Cartwright

Mr Cartwright has a Master of Science in Economics, is Chair of the Tasmanian Fisheries Research Advisory Board and chair of various fisheries committees. Mr Cartwright’s expertise covers commercial fishing, fisheries science, natural resource management, economics and business management.

Dr John Glaister

Dr John Glaister

Dr Glaister is currently Director-General of the Queensland Government Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. He has previously held roles as Deputy Director General, Health Planning and Infrastructure Division, Queensland Health, Chief Scientist of international construction company Laing O’Rourke; 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

Economist and previously Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Ms Goddard held a number of senior roles within PM&C 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 the ACTEW 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, Ms Montano is currently a Member of the Council (Board) of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), member of the AIMS 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 Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Denise North

Ms Denise North FAICD

Ms North has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. 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

Prof Sainsbury 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. Prof Sainsbury’s internationally recognised expertise covers fisheries science, natural resource management and marine ecology.

AFMA COMMISSIONERS ATTENDANCE AT COMMISSION MEETINGS

Commissioner Commission Research Committee Audit and Risk Committee
The Hon Michael Egan FAICD (Chairman) 5 (5)    
Dr James Findlay (CEO) 4 (5)    
Mr Richard Stevens, OAM (Deputy Chair) 5 (5)    
Mr Ian Cartwright 5 (5) 1 (1)  
Dr John Glaister 4 (5) 1 (1)  
Ms Jenny Goddard 4 (5)    
Ms Elizabeth Montano 5 (5)   4 (4)
Ms Denise North 5 (5)   3 (4)
Prof Keith Sainsbury 5 (5)    

() 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 Nick Rayns, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch

Mr Peter Venslovas, General Manager, Fisheries Operations Branch

Mr John Bridge, General Manager, Corporate Services 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 2010-11 financial statements and certificate of compliance
  • review of the internal audit program, 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
  • 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 (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 Finance Officer and audit representatives from Oakton (internal audit providers), Price WaterhouseCoopers (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 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.

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 Commonwealth fisheries managed by AFMA
  • Provide advice to the AFMA Commission on allocation of AFMA research funds
  • Assess research, monitoring and assessment investments for the Commonwealth fisheries for consistency with management needs.

The committee held two meetings in the 2011-12 financial year at the AFMA office in Canberra.

Membership

  • Mr Ian Cartwright, Chair (until March 2012) and Commissioner
  • Dr John Glaister, Chair (from March 2012) and Commissioner
  • Dr Keith Sainsbury, Commissioner
  • Dr James Findlay, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr Nick Rayns, Executive 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
  • Ms Mandy Goodspeed, Manager Policy, Environment, Research and Economics
  • The Committee invites regular observers to attend to provide expert advice:
  • Mr Crispian Ashby, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Dr David Smith, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • Ms Trixi Madon, Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Mr Gordon Neil, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Role and function

The 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.

The committee did not meet during 2011-12. The 34th meeting which was scheduled for 18 October 2011 was cancelled. The Commission resolved in February 2012 to put the operations of the Environment Committee on hold pending completion of a project on revitalisation of the ecological risk assessment / ecological risk management process.

Membership

In 2011-12, the committee comprised the following members:

  • Prof Keith Sainsbury, Chair and Commissioner
  • Dr James Findlay, AFMA Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr Ian Cartwright, Commissioner
  • Ms Jenny Goddard, Commissioner
  • Dr Nick Rayns, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
  • Mr Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC International
  • Ms Trixi Madon, Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Mr Nigel Routh, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Mr Gordon Neil, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • The Committee also comprised the following advisers:
  • AFMA Senior Manager Policy, Economics, Environment and Research
  • AFMA Manager Environment
  • AFMA Manager Ecological Risk

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Projects Governance Committee

Role and function

The role of the ICT and Projects Governance Committee is to provide advice on the strategic direction for ICT activities within AFMA.

Combined business knowledge and strategic understanding of the members contributes to an ICT environment that successfully supports business processes and business outcomes.

The committee provides high level governance and guidance on

1. The alignment of ICT activities with business objectives
2. ICT expenditure
3. Prioritisation of ICT service delivery
4. Review of project status

Membership

Dr James Findlay, Chief Executive Officer
Dr Nick Rayns, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
Mr Peter Venslovas, General Manager, Fisheries Operations Branch
Mr John Bridge, General Manager, Corporate Services Branch
Mr Ryan Murphy, Executive Secretary
Ms Tanya Howitt, Chief Finance Officer
Mr Graham Hill, Senior Manager Enterprise Risk and Business Continuity
Mr John Kozman, Corporate Services Branch representative
Ms Libby Jenkins, Corporate Services Branch representative
Mr Scott Connors, Corporate Services Branch representative
Ms Kerry Smith, Fisheries Operations Branch representative
Mr Tod Spencer, Fisheries Operations Branch representative
Mr John Davis, Fisheries Operations Branch representative
Mr John Andersen, Fisheries Operations Branch representative
Mr Malcolm Southwell, Fisheries Management Branch representative