Alex OggChief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Alex’s primary responsibility is 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. Alex 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. He also has ultimate responsibility for the corporate governance and financial accountability of WAFIC and for the management and leadership of its staff. 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.
Mannie SheaExecutive Officer Oil and Gas
The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) has secured funding from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) for a three-year national seismic research coordination role. With more than 20 years of experience in the commercial fishing sector, including as an external affairs advisor for oil and gas giant Chevron, and most recently as WAFIC’s Executive Officer (Resource Access), Marilyn (Mannie) Shea has been appointed as the principal investigator for this project.
Mannie says the three-year position will provide ongoing support to protect commercial fishermen’s access rights and will identify areas of seismic and commercial fishing environment gaps with the aim for these research gaps to be addressed. Environment plan submissions, consistent processes for environment plan consultations and best practice information for environment plans will also be part of this project’s remit.
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 two beautiful dogs.
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.
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.
Danika GusmeroliCommunications Officer
Danika is the digital communications queen of the WAFIC office, coordinating and managing WAFIC’s social media strategy and platforms – and most importantly – telling industry stories.
She also maintains WAFIC’s media presence, manages and promotes any WAFIC events, sets the record straight regarding negative or misleading stories and facilitates community engagement initiatives.
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.
Georgia CallenderAdministration Officer
Angus CallanderExecutive Officer of the Industry Consultation Unit (ICU)
Angus is the lynchpin of the Industry Consultation Unit (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.
Basia LittlejohnExecutive Assistant Industry Consultation Unit (ICU)
Basia (Bas) Littlejohn is the enthusiastic Industry Consultative Unit (ICU) Executive Assistant. Her primary role in the department is project work associated with industry and the organisation of Management Meetings facilitated throughout Western Australia for each fishery.
She ensures the Management Meeting, Statutory and Specific Purpose Consultation undertaken by the ICU are in accordance with the Service Level Agreement between WAFIC and DPRID. Her keen and passionate interest in the commercial fishing sector has driven her to participate in various capacities and she enjoys immensely the opportunity to experience first- hand the working of the industry be it out on a vessel, in a factory or participating in research and management debates.
Away from the office, Basia can be found with her partner and pup undertaking many adventures including camping, bushwalking or sitting under a tree and reading a good book. She also enjoys one of many other interests – drawing and painting.