Ron Edwards (Chair)
James is the Managing Director and the Chief Executive 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.
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.
Leonie Noble, a mother, business woman and leader, has shown an incredible passion for the seafood industry for the past 36 years and the community she lives in.
Strongly motivated by her desire to ensure that everyone has a voice, she has been involved in 30+ Committees and Boards at a local, regional, state, national and now international level advocating for the Western Australian Seafood Industry including to advance the growth and development of people in the industry.
Her innovative ideas for positive change combined with her effective leadership style to mentor others and empower fishers has led her to become one of the industry’s respected leaders in all sectors and levels.
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.
Tony, a third-generation fisherman, started the profession in 1975 catching pilchards with his father. He went on to complete a mechanical apprenticeship after school, followed by travelling the world for a couple of years. It was 1986, when he and his brother purchased a fishing boat and processing factory in Albany. They sold it shortly after, deciding to relocate to Broome instead to commercially fish for Spanish Mackerel.
Between the years of 1988-2002, Tony fished for Mackerel for 7 months of the year, while the other 5 months he travelled down to Cheynes beach to catch Salmon and Herring. It was in 2002 when he and his family settled in Albany where he repurchased the processing factory- stating he didn’t learn the first time around! A passionate industry representative, Tony now mainly catches pilchards and does his own processing. When he isn’t fishing, he enjoys travelling the world with his wife.