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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. Quota holder and Member of the TACL since 2003. Involved in Surveyors Bay Coast Care committee since 2003. Abalone diver since 2007. Elected Diver Sub-Council Chair August 2008. Elected Vice President 2011, elected President 2014.

Tony Bush

Tony Bush
Vice President

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.

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.

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.

Adrian Cuthbertson

Adrian Cuthbertson
Executive Member

Adrian Cuthbertson is a third generation fisherman. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1974. Adrian paid for his university tuition by working as a dinghy boy on an abalone mothership on the west coast of Tasmania. In 1977 he was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship that enabled him to study abalone hatchery and farming techniques in Japan, the USA and Mexico. He graduated to skipper of an abalone mothership in 1978 and held that position until 1983. Adrian was the Tasmanian President of the Australian Fishing Industry Council in 1978 and 1979.  Adrian started the first Australian abalone farm on Tasmania’s east coast in 1986. In 1989 he was the first to ship live abalone on a regular basis to markets in Japan. He established Seafood Traders Pty Ltd at Cambridge in 1993 as a live abalone export company. Seafood Traders Pty Ltd is the longest operating live abalone exporter in Tasmania with the business now being managed by Adrian’s son Alex. Over a 30 year period Adrian has developed his own regular markets for live abalone in Japan, Taiwan, China and the USA.   Adrian is the CEO and major shareholder Marine Bio Technology Australia Pty Ltd, a drug discovery company developing anti viral products from abalone blood. He is also an abalone quota owner.

Sean Larby

Sean Larby
Executive Member

Sean Larby is currently an abalone diver, quota holder representative, abalone dive entitlement owner, sea urchin diver, commercial dive treasurer and secretary, commercial dive entitlement owner, ScaleFAC board and more recently the Commercial Dive Association executive as treasurer and secretary,  Sean graduated from the Australian Maritime College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries).   Sean never forgets how lucky he is to be diving in a wild fishery in such a pristine environment as Tasmania. Every day to work and see nature at its finest and the opportunity to feed people around the world with our renowned seafood and specifically one of the most sought after culinary items on the planet. He is passionate about Tasmanian abalone and it’s place in the environment, on the plate and in the world.

Ruben Bock

Ruben Bock
Executive Member

Ruben grew up in the Abalone industry and has been diving around Binalong Bay since he was 12.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by trade. The CFA is the mark of distinction across the global investment industry, with 12+ years’ experience as an investment specialist and has worked for national and multi-national companies during this time.  He brings both a passion for the Abalone industry and a valuable perspective around risk management and investment performance.

Robert Royle

Rob Royle
Executive Member

Rob holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Sydney University and has worked in the civil and building construction industry, as a manager and company owner, for government authorities and private owners.  He invested in the Tasmanian  Abalone industry in 1987 and was actively involved in the delivery of the Deed of Agreement in 1994 and negotiation of subsequent variations.  As the inaugural Chair of the Quota Holder Sub-Council he promoted and participated in the introduction of zones to the abalone fishery.  In managing the harvesting of quota he has developed relationship with divers, processors and governments involved in the industry.  He has investments in rural production and property and is actively involved in management of those investments.

Susanne Forward

Sue Forward
Quota Holder Sub-Council Chair

Sue was born & educated in Launceston and has been a Quota holder since the late 1980’s.  A business owner & company director for over 35 years, including  previously Dealer Principal for Bobcat Earthmoving Equipment in Tasmania for 10 years.  Elected Quota Holders Sub-Council Chair, August 2019.

Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson
Diver Sub-Council 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

B.Ed, BAppSc (App Chem), Grad Dip Bus (Prof Mgt), MBA, FAICD, MRACI

As a long-term advocate for the abalone industry, Dean has a broad knowledge of matters related to the Tasmanian, Australian and global abalone sector and has developed an extensive network within Australia’s commercial abalone industry. Dean has more than 2 decades of experience managing and/or overseeing national and international abalone related research and development projects. In addition to holding the role of Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Abalone Council, he is also Chief Executive of Abalone Council Australia Ltd.

Dean is the Managing Director of his own commercial fishing company (est. 1986) and has been a commercial abalone diver and abalone quota owner since 1986. Dean has post graduate qualifications in business management (MBA, UTAS, 2009), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD, 2008), has a Graduate Diploma of Business in Professional Management (UTAS, 1995), a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Chemistry (TSIT, 1985), is a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI, 2008), and has a Bachelor of Education in Maths/Science Teaching (TCAE, 1982) and a Tasmanian Teachers Certificate (TTC, 1983).

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.