Clayton Nelson (Chair)
Clayton has been involved in the fishing industry since 1980. Clayton has primarily been involved in the Northern Prawn Fishery and the North West Shelf Trawl Fishery and he was an executive director of Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd and the Tiger Fisheries Group of companies.
Clayton is also a director of One Sea Pty Ltd a Fremantle based fishing company and Jamaclan Marine Services, a Marine Consultancy service.
Nathan Adams (Deputy Chair)
Nathan Adams brings a wide-ranging background in the fishing industry to WAFIC.
Currently the Executive Officer of the Abalone Industry Association, Nathan and his two brothers Darren and Brad learned about commercial fishing from their father Terry – an inductee into the Seafood Industry Hall of Fame at the 2015 National Seafood Awards.
He has experienced salmon, crayfish, tuna, snapper, scallop and commercial shark fisheries and after completing a Diploma of Applied Science in Aquaculture at the University of Tasmania, Nathan worked as an abalone diver for five years in Port Lincoln, South Australia. He has since moved back to Augusta with his wife and two daughters and, along with his role as Executive Officer of the AIA, he sits as a director on the Abalone Council of Australia.
Nathan is interested in addressing issues that confront the commercial fishing sector such as unitization, new fisheries legislation, MSC assessment and accreditation, abalone farming, marine parks planning, work safe practices and maintaining the current license fee structure.
Bruce has been involved with fishing his whole life and has skippered a lobster boat in B zone for the past 25 years. With the change in the lobster fishery to a quota-based system rather than the previous input control effort-based system, Bruce now fishes A, B and C zones of the lobster fishery.
Bruce is also involved in the west coast shark fishery and the wet line fishery and has fished in the Shark Bay Snapper, Shark Bay blue Swimmer crab and deep sea crab fisheries.
Bruce is currently the president of the Dongara Professional Fishermans Association.
Kym has experience with a diverse range of commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture industries in WA and the Northern Territory, particularly around fisheries management, policy, resource access and multi-user marine areas.
Kym has worked in the commercial fishing industry since 2002 and currently works for Paspaley, the largest producer of Australian South Sea pearls and one of the worlds only vertically integrated south sea pearling operations. In addition to pearling, Kym’s work extends to other areas within the Paspaley Group, in Australia and overseas and includes aviation, retail, marketing, rural industries, insurance and intellectual property.
She has a background and specialist expertise in negotiation, native title and indigenous agreements. Her qualifications include post graduate studies in marine resource management.
John has a background in financial management and investment, aquaculture, mining, resources and property development. He has over 15 years experience as a director, executive and non-executive, of companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. His family business has a long history in northern Western Australia’s pearling industry, and he was also instrumental in the development of Marine Produce Australia, now the largest producer of farmed Barramundi in Australia. A former AFL footballer, John is passionate about creating long-term opportunities for indigenous Australians. He sits as a member of the Pearl Producers Association and Aquaculture Council of WA and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
George Kailis is Professor of Management at the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Kailis
holds qualifications in law and management and has had extensive industry, government and community experience.
He was Managing Director of the M.G. Kailis Group one of Australia’s largest fishing and aquaculture businesses from 1992-1999.
Special interests are held in the areas of the environment, fisheries management and strategy.
Professor Kailis has been a Director of both the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. Ongoing positions held by Professor Kailis include directorship of the M.G. Kailis Group and the Australian National Centre for Oceans and Resource Security.
James is an Executive Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Mareterram Limited, an ASX listed agribusiness that owns and operates one of Western Australia’s largest prawn trawl operations. He has more than a decade of experience in finance and investment, holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture and Seafood Science, a Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. James also sits on the Gascoyne Food Council.
Terry is a third generation fisherman with experience in multiple fisheries. Since the mid 1970’s he has operated in the West Coast Rock Lobster fishery. He has served on several Ministerial advisory committees, is a former board member of the Western Rock Lobster Council and was heavily involved in the development of the management system that provides secure tenure for commercial fishers at the Abrolhos Islands. Terry lives in Geraldton and is the current president of the Geraldton Professional Fishermen’s Association.
A long career in the seafood industry has taken Arno from the deck of a fishing boat all the way to the board room – including executive posts along the way.
His roles have included Fleet-master, Engineering Manager & Saudi Arabian Manager at KFV Fisheries P/L. GM, Northern Fisheries at A. Raptis & Sons. CEO, Oceanlink Seafoods P/L. GM, Batavia Coast Fisheries P/L. Southern Manager, Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-op and GM, Fremantle Octopus P/L.
Along the way, Arno has also held positions at WAFIC as both a Director and Chair of the Board. He returns to the WAFIC Board as an independent director.