SSPWA welcomes the appointment of Executive Officer, Don Nicholls

Earlier this week, Richard Stevens, Chair of the Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Inc. Association (SSPWA), announced the formal appointment of Don Nicholls as the Executive Officer of the newly formed organisation.

SSPWA Executive Officer, Don Nicholls

Mr Stevens said he was pleased with Mr Nicholls acceptance, stressing the value to industry in providing Southern Seafood Producers access to a professional who knows multiple aspects of the seafood industry well.

Mr Nicholls will bring to the role extensive fisheries experience ranging from private sector seafood businesses, through to senior management within government. The principal focus of his background has been industry development through management, advocacy and leadership roles. This experience has been gained locally, nationally and internationally.

Starting on the 2nd of April, Nicholls will work with the SSPWA Management Committee and members, liaising with industry to develop the organisation’s strategic priorities and assume responsibility for the implementation of the Management Committee’s decisions. This role will also be providing high level advice on industry related issues.

Reflecting on his appointment, Mr Nicholls said that he is looking forward to commencing in his new position. Getting around the regions, speaking with SSPWA members, (and potential new members) will be a priority. He will be seeking to better understand regional and sector specific issues, in addition to exploring new opportunities for the Southern Fisheries.

“A key role will be to liaise with the members; government; industry; and other relevant organisations, becoming the conduit between these and the elected SSPWA Management Committee. I think it is critical to pro-actively engage stakeholders, raising awareness of the benefits to the community and regions from the southern seafood sector.”

“During my career, I have been a professional fisherman, a processor, wholesaler and retailer. I understand the industry from numerous perspectives and relate to the challenges. At the same time, I am an optimist. I can see a range of exciting opportunities for a cohesive, united industry. I believe that my knowledge and experience will assist SSPWA to capture a vibrant and profitable future for our members.”

Concluding, Mr Nicholls commented “It is an exciting time for the state’s fishing industry. With a world looking for increasing volumes of protein and the enviable quality and reputation of Australian foods, we are well placed to capture a new era of sustainable profitability, with a flow on creation of jobs and economic benefits for regional Western Australia”.