We have a strategic, skills-based board to provide maximum flexibility and responsiveness to achieve outcomes for our members. For more information on our Board members click on their names.
Veronica is the Managing Director of the Sydney Fresh Seafood group and a third generation seafood retailer.
Veronica was a member of the Leadership Task Force that was formed to develop the case for a new peak-body for the Australian seafood industry. She then took on the role of Chair and communications driver of the Implementation Group to build industry support to form Seafood Industry Australia. In April 2020 Veronica accepted the role of Acting CEO for SIA.
Veronica brings to the board the experience and perspective of a retailer, with a holistic understanding of the industry and its full spectrum of participants. Veronica has extensive experience in designing and executing effective communication and marketing strategies, she exhibits strong expertise in accounting, with experience of both financial and management accounting strategies.
Prior to her current role at Sydney Fresh Seafood, Veronica worked in the area of online marketing, customer service and event planning in the telecommunications, motor vehicle and corporate events industries. Veronica holds a Bachelor of Economics (major in Marketing and Accounting) from Sydney University and a Diploma in Event Management from University of Technology Sydney. She is a 2015 graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program.
Chauncey operates his own management consulting firm providing strategic and commercial advice to the owners of a variety of significant wildcatch fisheries that have operations in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. In addition, Chauncey sits on four domestic company boards including the Northern Territory Seafood Council, and an overseas board.
His background includes experience as a strategic and commercial advisor, with expertise in industry management across a broad spectrum of industries. Additionally, Chauncey exhibits strong financial expertise which includes complex financial structuring, hedging, debt and equity funding, as well as closing transactions with sustainable, optimised internal rates of return.
Chauncey has degrees in law, engineering and finance and was previously the Managing Director of a company with a $120 million turnover and 500 employees, which exported Australian Primary produce to Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, USA, Brazil and Europe.
Dennis has owned and operated a successful wild catch fishing business from development to maturity, with extensive experience in marketing fresh product throughout Australia.
Dennis is the President of Wildcatch Fisheries SA Inc. (SA’s Peak Industry Body), after joining as a member in 2012. Dennis and his wife Karen own DM and KL Holder Pty Ltd and operate the FV Silver Spectre. The Silver Spectre is a purpose built 24-metre aluminium vessel built and project managed by Dennis, launched in 2010. The company owns 4 crab licences with a total of 244 tonnes of crabs (approx. 39 per cent TACC) and fishing operations take place from July 1 – June 30.
For 30 years, Dennis has been involved with various aspects of the SA Blue CrabPot Association including internal governance arrangements, development of legislation, management plans and was instrumental with transitioning the fishery from a permit input controlled fishery to a fully legislated output controlled fishery.
In 2016, Dennis was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship which gave him the opportunity for extensive insight into primary/food production from around the world.
Mark is the Managing Director and CEO of the Tassal Group Ltd, a publicly listed salmon production company that is Australiaís largest seafood and aquaculture business.
Tassal is a vertically integrated business based in Tasmania, with an organisational focus on environmental sustainability and stakeholder engagement. In 2015, Tassal expanded its footprint and business offerings through the acquisition of De Costi Seafoods.
Mark has more than 30 years of experience in strategy, finance and operational matters across many industries, with experience gained through PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen and KordaMentha. Mark currently sits on four additional boards, including the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association and the Tasmanian Development Board.
Based in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Marcus has hands-on and high-level experience across the wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors.
He is a director of the public listed company, Clean Seas Sea Food Limited, the Managing Director of Stehr Group, and Director of Australian Tuna Fisheries. He is also a board member of the South Australian Marine Finfish Association (SAMFA), a Director of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA), and a member of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Advisory Committee.
Marcus has been commercially fishing since 1985, in Australia, America and the Western Pacific and made the transition into aquaculture from 1991, with the wild capture and grow-out of Southern Bluefin tuna, and then later to Hiramasa kingfish.
Marcus has proven and extensive experience managing market development on both the national and international stage. Marcus also holds a variety of technical at-sea qualifications, including Master of a vessel, engineering certificates and a commercial diving supervisor certificate.
Marshall has more than 30 years of seafood marketing experience and is a director of North Queensland Trawlers based in Cairns. He holds diplomas in Business, Management and Sustainability as well as a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and an MBA from Griffith University, Queensland.
Marshall is a former director of the Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries and is currently an industry representative on the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee. He is also the President of the Queensland Seafood Marketers Association.
Marshall’s practical experience and knowledge of the seafood industry, coupled with his formal qualifications brings valuable insight on governance, strategy and operational performance to the work of the SIA board.
Belinda has her own strategy consulting business and has previously worked as CEO of Port Phillip Bay Scallops, which is Victoria’s only hand-dived wild caught scallop fishery. She has familiarity with the industry from wild catch to post-harvest sector, reinforced through engagement with government at the state and federal level.
Belinda holds a Bachelor of Law from Melbourne University and is the President of the Law Institute of Victoria, which is the peak-body for the Victorian legal profession with some 19,000 members.
Belinda is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and sits on a number of government and statutory boards including the Victorian Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee.
Jessica McInerney is the Media and Communications Manager with SIA.
Based on the South Coast of NSW in the fishing town of Ulladulla, Jessica is passionate about developing the profile of the Australian seafood industry, bolstering the industry’s social licence and promoting the consumption of Australians seafood both domestically and internationally.
Within SIA Jessica is responsible for all communication activities including public affairs, media relations, public relations, marketing, advertising, social media and broad industry communications.
Jessica has more than 12 years experience in PR, Marketing, Advertising, Social Media and Journalism, and joined the SIA team in early 2018 from her previous role as a Senior Journalist with Fairfax Media.
Jessica has has an interest in primary production and has worked alongside a number of high-profile agribusiness and FMCG clients including Ingham Chicken and Turkey, Queen Fine Foods, Aeroplane Jelly and Accolade Wines.
Please contact Jessica via email@example.com or 0420 695 431 for media comment, industry news and to discuss opportunities of interest.
Rachel Collier is SIA’s Membership and Events Manager.
Rachel has more than more than 11 years experience working within the agriculture industry and over six years specialising in associations. Currently Rachel manages all aspects of membership and events at Seafood Industry Australia. Closely following SIA’s mission to protect, promote and develop the Australian seafood industry Rachel’s sole priority is to drive membership and engage the seafood industry.
Another aspect of Rachel’s role at SIA is to secure partners, sponsors, and program providers for the association. This incorporates exploring opportunities to save members money and provide value adding services, education, and information to members through things like workshops, webinars and conferences.
Rachel is passionate about uniting industry to defend and secure resource access. She would also like to see more Australian seafood on household tables. She is an avid supporter of peak industry bodies because she has witnessed the impact that can be made when an industry stands together.
Prior to her current role at SIA, Rachel worked for Turf Australia the peak industry body for the turf industry, as Marketing and Events Coordinator, this role quickly grew into one of managing membership, overseeing Turf Australia’s website and various communication initiatives. Rachel also managed the accounts, sponsorship packages, worked alongside Horticulture Innovation Australia and coordinated all Turf Australia events. Rachel has also worked for OzBreed, a turf and plant breeding company. Working in all areas of this company, Rachel gained experience in business management and ran her own business, NSW Pavers and Blocks up until she started a family.
In 2017, Rachel completed Hort Innovation’s Green industry growing leaders program.
Please contact Rachel via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 883 754 for membership enquires, programs/partnerships and to discuss opportunities of interest.
Dan is a qualified marine scientist with experience in successfully delivering projects in research, government, NGO, education and private sectors across Australia.
He is a researcher, consultant, designer and educator who has worked as a fisheries scientist and environmental and sustainability consultant for more than 18 years.
Dan has worked with international consultancies, universities and natural resource management organisations and has recently transitioned from running his own consulting business to working with Seafood Industry Australia to assist the national seafood industry develop and implement its social licence strategy. He is passionate about representing the Australian seafood industry to help grow public confidence in how seafood is produced and reinforce the status of fishers, producers and suppliers as passionate and knowledgeable caretakers of oceans and environments dear to our hearts and vital to our future.
Dan is a graduate of the 2013 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program, a long serving educational facility committee member and frequently volunteers his time to support environmental and community development initiatives.
Please contact Dan via email@example.com or 0400 759 245.
Jo has more than 20 years experience leading teams across a variety of sectors, and a background in working with large – predominantly male – teams involved in high-risk and remote work. With a particular interest in health, safety and wellness in the workplace Jo successfully developed programs in large organisations and worked with numerous peak industries to improve the health and well-being of their members.
She has been recognised by Business SA and SA Health as a leader in the design and implementation of industry-led wellness programs that focus on mental health. Most recently, Jo established a collaboration between multiple seafood industry representative bodies to develop an industry-led mental health and wellness early intervention support and training program to the South Australian seafood sector under the banner of Stay Afloat. More recently Jo has developed and delivered Mental Health supports during and post COVID-19.
Please contact Jo via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0408 008 344.