Seafood Industry Australia has a strategic and skills based board to provide maximum flexibility and responsiveness to achieve outcomes for its members. For more information on the seven inaugural board members see below.
Veronica Papacosta - Chair
Veronica is the Managing Director of Sydney Fresh Seafood group. She is a third generation seafood retailer and a Director of OceanWatch Australia. Veronica was a member of the Leadership Task Force that was formed to develop the case for a new peak body for the 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.
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 and exhibits strong expertise in accounting, with experience of both financial and management accounting strategies.
Previous 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 has 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 (NSILP) and is involved in the Seafood Directions 2017 Organising Committee.
Chauncey Hammond - Deputy Chair
Chauncey operates his own management consulting firm providing strategic and commercial advice to the owners of a variety of significant wild catch fisheries that have operations in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. In addition he sits on four domestic company boards including the Northern Territory Seafood Council, plus 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, optimized internal rates of return.
Chauncey has University degrees in law, engineering and finance and was previously Managing Director of a $120m turnover company with 500 employees which exported Australian Primary produce to Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, USA, Brazil and Europe.
Dennis Holder - Director
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 24metre 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% TACC) and fishing operations take place from 1st July - 30th June.
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.
Marshall Betzel - Director
Marshall has over 29 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.
Marcus Stehr - Director
Marcus Stehr is based in Port Lincoln, South Australia and 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 m ember 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. Additionally, Marcus has proven and extensive experience managing market development on both the national and international stage.
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 also holds a variety of technical at-sea qualifications, including Master of a vessel, engineering certificates and a commercial diving supervisor certificate.
Mark Ryan - Director
Mark is the Managing Director and CEO of Tassal Group Ltd, a publicly listed salmon production company that is Australia’s largest seafood and aquaculture business.
Tassal is a vertically integrated business based in Tasmania, with an organisational focus on environmental sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Recently Tassal has expanded its footprint to include other seafood through acquisition of De Costi Seafoods.
Mark has over 30 years' 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.
Belinda Wilson - Director
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 national 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.