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Directors and staff

Joey McKibben

Joey McKibben
President

Educated at Hutchins School, then Geelong Grammar, Victoria; School prefect 2001. 4 years building experience in Queensland. Abalone deckhand sporadically since 2002. Quotaholder and Member of the TAC since 2003. Involved in Surveyors Bay Coast Care committee since 2003. Abalone diver since 2007. Elected Diver SubCouncil Chair August 2008. Elected Vice President 2011, elected President 2014.

Darvin Hansen

Darvin Hansen
Vice President

Educated at St Patrick’s College, Launceston. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Employed by Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd since 2001 at Smithton, Dandenong and Margate factories. General Manager of Tasmanian Seafoods Margate factory (EX816) since July 2013. Elected as a Director of the Tasmanian Abalone Council in October 2013, elected Vice President 2014.

Avril Brown

Avril Brown
Treasurer

Certificate of Fisheries Management (AMC), Certificate Coastal Management, Certificate Frontline and Business Management.  Other Certificates qualifications include Marine Biology, Taxonomy, Marine Ecosystems at Uni of Tasmania and Monash Uni.  AS 2815 Level 2 Occupational Diver, NASDS/FAUI Master Diving Instructor/Examiner. St John’s Senior Resuscitation Instructor/Examiner. Relevant work history: managed Fisheries Action Program (NHT) and Fishcare (Tas), Departmental Dive Supervisor with TAFI/DPIF, Tech Officer – Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, University of Tasmania.  Author & co-author various policy and scientific papers, training & OH&S manuals.  Dive school owner/operator. Quota owner and Mothership partner.

Tony Bush

Tony Bush
Executive Member

I graduated as a secondary maths/science teacher in 1979 and left teaching to go diving in  1984. I left diving around 1998 after establishing an information management business in Launceston.  This business was initially based around the warehousing of documents for corporate clients. As time progressed the company began backing up digital data to CD then created an online backup presence, one of the first in Australia. I sold The Document Centre to a multinational April 2015.  I have held quota continually since leaving the diving space and I have served on several boards, currently being chair of Golf Tasmania.  I am very appreciative of the efforts made by previous boards as regards marketing into China and dealing professionally with the increasing demands of compliance, and wish to use my skills and experience to help grow the Tasmanian Abalone Industry both in output and worldwide recognition.

 

Ben Cobbing

Ben Cobbing
Executive Member

Resides in Circular Head with a young family. Operated his own business for approximately ten years as a portable saw miller and contracting for exploration companies. Entered the abalone industry in 2002 as a deckhand. Became a Diver and Quota owner, and have been a member of the Council since 2007. Elected as a Director of the Tasmanian Abalone Council Board in 2012.

Jeremy Huddlestone

Jeremy Huddlestone
Executive Member

Educated at Marist Regional College. Qualified as a Panel Beater and worked for 4 1/2 years at Motors in Burnie and Hobart.  Worked at a variety of deck hand positions since 2004 including Scallop, Rock Lobster, Shark and Abalone. Has been diving professionally since 2006.  Spent 1 year in the Northern Territory on Sea Cucumber.  Marinova diver/harvest planner, quota owner, abalone diver, mothership owner and skipper.

Byron Ransom

Byron Ransom
Executive Member

Worked for 5 years as a deckhand on crayfish boats and 5 years as a deckhand for divers.  Spent 2 years running own crayfish boat.  1 year in the blue eye and shark fishery.  6 years as a deck hand for abalone divers and 20 years diving for self.
Built and managed a 42 bed motel at Strahan for 7 years.

Robert Scanlon

Robert Scanlon
Executive Member

Pharmacist. Owner of 2 pharmacies in Hobart over 35 years. Director of Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd; Board Member of Pharmaceutical Society Australia (Tas Branch). QuotaHolder since late 1980’s.  Director of Tasmanian Abalone Council since August 2007.

 Alan Gray

Alan Gray
Quota-Holder Sub Council Chair

Been involved in industry since 1988. Started diving 1994. Elected to the board of Tasmanian Abalone Council 1996-2008. Chairman of Divers Sub-Council 1997-98. Invited member of ABFAC 2005. Elected to the board of ABFAC 2006-2008. Member of abalone futures committee 2005-06. Member of the abalone resource advisory group. Director of Shelly Point Seafish Pty Ltd. Director of Fishing Investment & Management Pty Ltd (broker, consultancy, valuation company). Abalone quota & dive licence owner. Diesel engineer. Chairman of Quota Holders Sub-Council 2013.

Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson
Diver SubCouncil Chair

Elected as Dive Sub-Council Chair 2012.  Educated Riverside High School, Launceston College and Hobart Technical College. Worked in Hospitality in a family business till 1980, then self employed in the hospitality, tourism and fishing industries. Full time in the abalone industry since 1987. Past Board member North East Tourism Council. Past President Surfing Tasmania.
Elected to the TACL Board in 2012 and also a current TSIC Board Member.

Steve Crocker

Steve Crocker
Processor Sub Council Chair

Educated at New Town High School, qualified Fitter & Machinist for 6 years at the Hydro Electric Commission. High end race engine engineering for local and national competition.  Before entering the seafood industry at Boomer Park, Dunalley for 5 years.  Built and managed a small seafood export plant at Sorell for live lobster and abalone for 3 years.  Which  lead to establishing and working for ‘Tassie Lobster’ in 1992, began exporting live abalone in 1998 and became Manager in 2001 and Managing Director in 2006.
Previous Member of the Rock Lobster Advisory Committee, President of Rock Lobster Processors Association, Member of the Felmingham Report Post Harvest Committee, Treasurer for 7 years of the Southern Tasmanian Kart Club and Life Member.

 

Tasmanian Abalone Council Executive Staff

Dean Lisson

Dean Lisson
Chief Executive

Master of Business Administration; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Graduate Diploma of Business in Professional Management; Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Chemistry; Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute; Bachelor of Education in Maths/Science Teaching; Tasmanian Teachers Certificate.
Chairman and Director of the Abalone Council of Australia Ltd; Director of the Abalone Council of New South Wales Ltd; Former Director and President of the Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd (1994 to 2007); Life Member of the Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd since 2004.  Professional Abalone Diver since 1986, Director of own Commercial Fishing Company.  Member Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee; Member Abalone Research Advisory Group; Member of Abalone Stock Assessment Working Group.

Jillian Freeman

Jillian Freeman
Administration Manager

Employed by Tasmanian Abalone Council since August 2009. TAFE Tasmania – Completed Certificate IV in Management Human Resources. Certificate IV in Management Front Line. Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.