Appendix 1

Commission and executive

AFMA Commissioners are appointed for their high level of expertise in one or more of the fields of fisheries management, fishing industry operations, science, natural resource management, economics, business or financial management, law, public sector administration or governance. The following Commissioners held appointments during the reporting period 2014–15.

Photo show the AFMa commission

From left to right: Dr James Findlay (CEO), Mr Ian Cartwright, Mr David Hall, Hon. Norman Moore (Chairman), Mr Richard Stevens, OAM (Deputy Chair), Ms Catherine Cooper, Prof Keith Sainsbury.

Hon. Norman Moore – Chairman

Norman is a member and Chair of a number of boards including: Chair, Cannings Purple Strategic Communications; Deputy Chair Sir Charles Court Foundation (Chair, Education Trust sub—committee); and Chair, Patrons Group of Western Australian School of Mines Graduates Association. He was previously Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries, Electoral Affairs (Minister for Justice – June 2012) and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

Dr. James Findlay – CEO

James is an AFMA Commissioner and AFMA’s CEO. 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 adaptation 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.

Mr. Richard Stevens, OAM – Deputy Chair

Richard has been an AFMA Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson since 2009. He was AFMA Director from 2004 to 2008. Richard has a Bachelor of Economics and is Deputy Presiding Member of the Fisheries Council of South Australia and Chair/Member of a number of State and Territory fisheries committees. His expertise covers natural resource management, fishing industry operations and economics.

Mr. Ian Cartwright

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

Prof. Keith Sainsbury

Keith is Director of SainSolutions, Professor of Marine Systems Science (University of Tasmania) and Vice—Chair of the Board of the Marine Stewardship Council. His internationally recognised expertise covers fisheries science, natural resource management and marine ecology.

Ms. Catherine Cooper

Catherine currently chairs the South Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Advisory Committee and Aquaculture Advisory Council. Catherine is an industry leader and she was a finalist in both the 1997 and 1998 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She has extensive committee and board experience including as former Chair of the Fisheries Council of South Australia.

Mr. David Hall

David is the Managing Director of fish tagging manufacturing company Hallprint P/L. David was formerly Executive Director, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and Director of Fisheries in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

AFMA Commissioners – attendance at meetings in 2014–15

Table 11: AFMA Commissioners – attendance at meetings in 2014–15


Commission meeting

Research Committee meeting

Audit and Risk Committee meeting

Hon. Norman Moore (Chairman)


Dr. James Findlay (CEO)


Mr. Richard Stevens (Deputy Chairman)


Mr. Ian Cartwright



Prof. Keith Sainsbury



Ms. Catherine Cooper



Mr. David Hall



Dr. Nick Rayns (acting CEO)


Five Commission meetings were held in 2014–15. The number above shows the number of meetings commissioners attended in 2014–15.


Role and function

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


  • Dr. James Findlay – CEO
  • Dr. Nick Rayns – Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
  • Mr. Peter Venslovas – General Manager, Fisheries Operations Branch
  • Mr. Peter Tegart – General Manager, Corporate Services Branch
  • Mr. Andrew Pearson – Executive Secretary
  • Mr. Robert Gehrig – Chief Finance Officer.

Audit and Risk Committee

Role and function

During 2014–15 the Audit and Risk Committee operated in line with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. The current committee met four times during the financial year (two face—to—face and two out of session meetings). The main items considered by the committee were:

  • the committee’s charter, membership and relationship to the AFMA Commission
  • review of the 2014–15 financial statements
  • review of the internal audit program and internal audit reports, and risk management, planning
  • implementation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
  • review of governance arrangements
  • AFMA’s risk management, planning and regulator performance frameworks and Business Continuity Plan.

In addition the previous committee met on an interim basis in September 2014 to finalise the 2013–14 financial statements.


The current committee comprises one AFMA Commissioner and three independent members.

These members are:

  • Ms. Catherine Cooper – Chair (Commissioner)
  • Ms. Mary Harwoord (independent)
  • Mr. Geoff Knuckey (independent)
  • Ms. Kate Freebody (independent).

A number of observers and advisers attended meetings during the year, including AFMA’s CEO, Chief Finance Officer, General Manager of Corporate Services Branch and audit representatives from Oakton Consulting Technology (AFMA’s internal audit providers), KPMG (contracted external auditors) and the Australian National Audit Office.

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

The committee’s charter, membership and relationship to the AFMA Commission were noted by the committee at its out—of—session meeting in December 2014 and reflect the introduction of a new AFMA Commission from 1 July 2014 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Research committee

The role of AFMA’s 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 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 three meetings in the 2014–15 financial year.


  • Mr. Ian Cartwright, (Chair and Commissioner)
  • Mr. David Hall, (Commissioner)
  • Dr. Keith Sainsbury, (Commissioner)
  • Dr. James Findlay, (AFMA CEO)
  • Dr. Nick Rayns, (Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch)
  • Ms. Danait Ghebrezgabhier, (A/g Secretary to the Committee).

Permanent advisors

  • Ms. Beth Gibson, (Senior Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research)
  • Ms. Yvonne Zunic, (A/g Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research).

Regular Observers

The committee also invites regular observers from the following agencies and departments to attend and provide expert advice:

  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Department of Agriculture.

Information and Communications Technology and Projects Governance Committee

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

  • strategic direction for information and communications technology
  • strategic analyses and recommendations as necessary
  • monitoring information and communications technology and other project capital expenditure, paying particular attention to projects and programs affecting strategic change
  • prioritising information and communications technology and other projects initiatives ensuring that the value realised for information and communications technology investments is maximised. This includes the consideration of all business cases for projects with a value exceeding $80 000
  • communication of information and communications technology strategy to the wider AFMA audience and to relevant external stakeholders
  • oversight of all major projects undertaken by AFMA.

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

The committee’s membership comprises the CEO (as Chair), and all General Managers. There are also another four members who represent Senior Management and significant business areas.