John HarrisonChief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, John has primary responsibility for the delivery of WAFIC’s strategic goals and objectives as Western Australian peak body representing the interests of the commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture sectors. John is the conduit between WAFIC’s Board of Directors, industry, government and the broader community.
He provides high level strategic and tactical advice on industry-related issues and coordinates the implementation of the Board’s decisions. John, whose professional background in the recreational and commercial fishing sectors spans more than 20 years, also has ultimate responsibility for the corporate governance and financial accountability of WAFIC and for the management and leadership of its staff.
In his extremely limited spare time he enjoys fishing (rarity these days), his family, fine wine and food– not necessarily in that order – and the frustrating sport known as golf.
Alex OggOperations Manager
Alex performs a supporting role to the CEO, including general management of the WAFIC offices and implementation of new technologies and systems. Much of his work involves the coordination of projects involving wider industry reviews and consultation, incorporating a variety of government bodies and other major stakeholders in the marine space. As a member of the FRDC’s WA Research Advisory Committee, Alex also assists industry in identifying priority research needs for funding through the FRDC process.
Alex has 15 years of experience in the pearling sector as a licensee and member of a number of commercial boards, as well as a ministerial appointee of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee. This commercial experience adds to his deep understanding of fishers’ common business concerns.
Off duty Alex is a full-time family guy, an avid traveller and snow skier, and spends most summer weekends on the beach supporting kids sport and patrolling as a volunteer surf lifesaver.
Guy LeylandWAFIC MSC Project Coordinator
Guy holds a Bachelor Of Science (Zoology) from the University of Western Australia. He co-wrote Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia: an illustrated Guide, and was a contributor to Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and North-western Australia while working for CSIRO, Division of Fisheries Research.
His current role with the fishing industry in Western Australia has focused on shoring up the statutory basis for rights based fisheries management including quota based management and statutory compensation for fishers displaced from marine reserves. He is currently the fishing industry project leader for facilitating third party environmental certification of WA’s fisheries through the London based Marine Stewardship Council which provides independent validation of the performance of fisheries.
Grace ZhouFinance Officer
Grace is the quiet achiever who beavers away behind the scenes to ensure the smooth financial operation of WAFIC. As Finance Officer she has primary responsibility for providing a range of timely and integrated financial information which is a keystone of the reporting required by the CEO to support the WAFIC Board’s decision making.
Duties include managing all accounts (payable and receivable), payroll, reconciliation, journal entries, BAS and FBT preparations, end of year audit preparation and developing and maintaining financial relations with external stakeholders. Transparency and accountability are more than buzz words to Grace – they are standards she upholds on a daily basis.
When not at work, Grace enjoys travelling, gardening, film and interacting with her iPad.
Mannie SheaExecutive Officer Resource Access
Marilyn (Mannie) Shea, as the executive officer of WAFIC’s Resource Access team, leads the charge to protect the access rights of commercial fishermen.
With more than 20 years of experience in the commercial fishing sector – most recently as an external affairs advisor for oil and gas giant, Chevron – Mannie engages with a wide range of issues including policy development, fisheries legislation and management issues, marine protected areas, resource sharing, bycatch reduction and protected species interaction.
Before joining WAFIC Mannie held positions as a senior trade advisor to Austrade, marketing manager for Vinci Seafood Exporters, fresh foods manager for MG Kailis Group and as an executive assistant to politicians in both State and Federal parliaments.
Outside of work her interests include football, cricket, women’s basketball and most major sports as well as travel to both popular and exotic destinations, such as Machu Picchu in South America or her local beach to walk her dog.
Matt PemberSenior Resource Access Officer
Matt, as WAFIC’s Senior Resource Access Officer, supports the work of the Executive Officer Resource Access, Mannie Shea, and liaises extensively with WAFIC’s members and others within the commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture sectors as well as with government regulators.
Matt who holds a doctorate degree in fish biology from Murdoch University took on his resource access role with WAFIC after working for many years in WA’s Department of Fisheries – most recently specialising in Western rock lobster research.
Outside of WAFIC, Matt likes to spend time walking his family’s Golden Retriever along the river. He also enjoys cooking, makes his own sausage and enjoys travelling.
Danika GusmeroliCommunications Officer
Danika is the digital communications queen of the WAFIC office, coordinating and managing WAFIC’s social media strategy and platforms.
When away from the office, Danika is never far from her camera, trying to get that one great shot. She also likes to spend time with her family, cooking, gardening and travelling.
Katrina VenticinqueAdministration Officer
Growing up in rural NSW on a cattle and horse farm, Katrina has always had a strong connection and love for the outdoors. Moving to the Wheatbelt in Western Australia in 2015 proved a great start to her current career in administration – working for organisations that promote the sustainability of the agriculture industry. Katrina now brings this passion and all-rounder knowledge over to the commercial fishing industry, in the role of Administration Officer. She is very much the glue of the WAFIC team – organising schedules and diaries, producing correspondence and assisting staff with a variety of work including communications, marketing, events and resource access. She never says never! Katrina is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at Edith Cowan University, in Management and Marketing. She has a passion for travel, design, watching Netflix and spending time with her friends and family.
Angus CallanderExecutive Officer of the Industry Consultation Unit (ICU)
Angus is the lynchpin of the ICU – a special unit developed as part of a service level agreement between the Department of Fisheries and WAFIC to facilitate consultation between government and license and permit holders in WA’s commercial fishing sector.
Angus has more than 30 years commercial experience in the Australian seafood industry uses his comprehensive knowledge of the seafood industry and his extensive network of industry and industry-associated contacts to great effect. The ICU provides a valuable forum for fishermen and government to engage and discuss the important issues that affect the ongoing management of WA’s fisheries.
Outside of work Angus likes to mix with fishermen, or as he refers to them, “producers of fine food”, over a meal, drinks or on the water fishing. His two teenage children and his wide variety of friends fill up the rest of his time.