Adele Farina (Chair)

Adele Farina (Chair)

The highly qualified Ms Farina has an extensive background in public affairs, including 20 years as a Member of the Legislative Council for the South-West region. Ms Farina will remain as CEO (Acting) of the Forest Industry Federation of WA (FIFWA) which has strongly represented regional businesses and communities impacted by the government’s closure of the native forest industry.

“I am committed to working with the WAFIC Board to ensure the fishing industry is best protected from a range of serious challenges, including marine park sanctuary areas, exclusion zones for offshore wind farms, desalination plants and a range of other impacts that are adversely impacting the viability of commercial fishing and the ability of consumers to buy fish sourced locally,” said Ms Farina.

Adele joined the WAFIC Board as Interim Chair until the 2023 AGM where she was re-elected for 3 years.

Anthony Haygarth (Vice Chair)

Anthony Haygarth (Vice Chair)

Anthony Haygarth was appointed as a Board Member of WAFIC in 2018.

Anthony has had a long-term involvement in commercial fishing in WA and was heavily involved in pioneering the WA octopus fishery. He has experience in fishery exploration and development, the design and manufacture of fishing equipment, seafood processing, domestic and export market development.

Anthony is still actively fishing and also operates an Abrolhos aquaculture venture.

He is currently the president of the Easter Group Abrolhos Body Corporate and a committee member of the  Abrolhos Island Body Corporate management committee.

Anthony has previously served as a local government shire councillor where he had a strong focus on regional and economic development.

Adam Radford

Adam Radford

Adam Radford, a Western Rock Lobster industry member from Cervantes, grew up in a commercial fishing family and will take to the peak body a wealth of industry experience, as well as his finance and commerce background.

He was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2019.

Wayne Scheggia

Wayne Scheggia

Wayne is passionate about communities and the people who live and work in them. He has spent his career working for them, both individually and collectively, on both the east and west coasts, across all spheres of government, to improve their economies, environments and general wellbeing.

Experienced in policy development and advocacy, he knows government process at all levels and how to get a message across to the intended audience. More importantly though, he knows how to listen and make sure that important messages aren’t lost in the big noise that often accompanies passionate debate.

With a Degree in Business and postgraduate qualifications in Regional Development, his working life has seen him in a wide range of roles, from casual labourer to CEO and most things in between.

He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and occasionally in Europe, America and Asia.

He loves cycling, guitars and the Essendon Football Club.

Wayne was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2020.

Manue Daniels

Manue Daniels

Manue has been heavily involved in the commercial fishing industry for 13 years, mainly around Esperance, however her different roles within the industry have provided her an extensive knowledge across the State and other regions.

Manue is actively involved in the administration and land-based activities of the family’s wild catch fishing business and was the recipient of the Young Achiever of the Year at the recent WA Seafood Industry Awards.

A passionate advocate for the industry, Manue is currently Vice President of the Esperance Professional Fishermen’s Association Vice President; is a member of Women in Seafood Australia (WISA); and is the former vice chair of Southern Seafood Producers WA’s management committee.

Manue was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2021.

Matt Benson-Lidholm JP

Matt Benson-Lidholm JP

Matt Benson-Lidholm comes to the WAFIC Board as an experienced administrator and professional, having served as a Director with several Western Australian and national organisations over many years

As a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, Matt previously represented the Southwest, Southern coastal and Mid-West regions. As a State MP he worked closely with commercial fishing interests anywhere from Kalbarri to Bremer Bay. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy President and Chair of Committees in the State’s Upper House.

In 2008 Matt was appointed Parliamentary Chair of the FRMA Review. His industry knowledge, coupled with extended family involvement in south coast professional fishing over many years, positioned him well to chair the review for the Minister for Fisheries.

Currently Matt Benson-Lidholm is Chair of Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Association. SSPWA was established in 2018 on the recommendation of WAFIC Chair, Hon Kim Chance (dec) and Dr Peter Rogers. The intention being to better represent the interests of heritage fishers, operating principally between Fremantle and Eucla. The SSPWA Board is particularly active in supporting the operations and welfare of its members, especially in challenging times.

The increasing government focus on promoting south coast marine parks is also a big concern for Matt, as is the growing incidence of mental health problems in the commercial fishing sector. Under Matt’s chairmanship, the SSPWA Board has been particularly proactive in addressing the mental health concerns of its members through the Stay Afloat regional community resilience programme.

Apart from his direct involvement with both WAFIC and SSPWA, Matt also is a JP, regional development consultant, registered State Government lobbyist, Albany City Councillor and Board member (Treasurer) with RDA Great Southern.

Matt was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2021.

James Brown

James Brown

James Brown’s family has been in the pearling industry since 1946 and he was raised on the farm at Cygnet Bay, 200 kilometres north of Broome on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. James has always loved being on or in the water, and is constantly grateful to work in an industry that keeps him close to the ocean.

After attending primary school at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm public school (10 kids) and high school boarding in Perth, James studied a Marine Science degree at James Cook University in Townsville. After completing his degree, he returned to pearling full time and spent many years working in all aspects of the industry.

The desire to have an impact in his local community led him to working in regional development as a board member, and finally Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission. That direct involvement in DPIRD was an eye-opener in many ways but gave him a sound understanding of State Government and DPIRD directly.

James’s family has been involved in every stage of the cultured pearling industry and is actively involved in most aspects of the industry’s development, which began in the late 1950’s. During that time, they have experienced numerous highs and lows, but overall the industry has been very good to them and they remain completely committed to its ongoing development.

It’s well known to WAFIC members that the past decade has been extremely challenging for the pearling industry, and unfortunately we have lost many companies and hundreds of skilled mariners from our workforce. This downturn has been enormously challenging to navigate, both professionally and personally, but as with all difficult things in life it has taught James a lot and given him a new perspective on industry fundamentals, business resilience, and the need to constantly adapt and evolve.

Like most fishermen James is community minded and enjoys the opportunity to contribute to the community through a variety of programs and organisations with whom he collaborates, and he has a genuine belief in the importance of a healthy commercial fishing industry.

James was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2022.

Phil Clark

Phil Clark

More information to come….

Phil was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2023

Nicholas Tee

Nicholas Tee

More information to come….

Nicholas was appointed as a WAFIC Board Member in 2023.