WAFIC Chair Selected as FRDC Director by Federal Government

Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) independent Chair, Katie Hodson-Thomas, has been appointed as a new Director at the Federal Government’s Fisheries Research Development Corporation (FRDC).

WAFIC’s Chair Katie Hodson-Thomas has just been appointed as a new FRDC Director. She said she is delighted to have received the role and is looking forward to working with the other Directors for the benefit of Australia’s fishing and aquaculture sectors.

The 3-year term which begins immediately and concludes 31 August 2021, coincides with the continued implementation of FRDC’s Research Development and Extension (RD&E) plan for 2015-2020.

Ms Hodson-Thomas said she is delighted at the new challenge and looks forward to playing a pivotal role in the research and development (R&D) of Australia’s vibrant fishing and aquaculture sectors.

“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as a new Director of this significant Australian agency focused on the strategic management of the research for Australia’s world-class commercial and recreational fisheries.”

She will join up to 8 other Directors from across the nation to provide advice to the government on the investment of industry and taxpayer funds to ensure Australia’s fisheries adopt world-class research. Another key outcome for the Board is to address common challenges and opportunities across fishing and aquaculture sectors.

“I look forward to working with my Board colleagues in this leadership role to contribute to the planning, investing and managing research and development (RD&E) of Australia’s fishing and aquaculture industries.”

“The FRDC is renowned as a strong leader for its support of the Australian Government’s significant investment in RD&E for primary industry.”

“I very much welcome this prominent opportunity to further the promotion of research to achieve future sustainability and prosperity in Australia’s fisheries,” she concluded.

Retiring from parliament in 2008, Ms Hodson-Thomas has extensive experience across government, not-for-profit and private companies. She has held senior positions with a number of membership-based industry associations, represented the electorate of Carine for twelve years and ran her own consultancy practice – specialising in government relations with clients from the tourism and hospitality sector. Most recently, Ms Hodson-Thomas was elected as the first female independent Chair of WAFIC at the 2017 member’s Annual General Meeting.

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