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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.

Rory Byrne

Rory Byrne
Executive Member

Rory has been involved in the seafood industry since the late 1980’s.  In that time Rory has held various licences either individually or as part of his company TAS Fish Pty Ltd. Rory’s representative career started as the Commercial Divers representative on the Professional Fishermen’s Association of Tasmania,  and then the Executive Officer  of the Fishing Industry Training Board which became  Seafood and Maritime Training.   Over 30 years Rory has represented the Tasmanian seafood industry on both state and national education bodies and  is interested in ensuring the abalone industry has a sound future based upon the best science driving sound management strategies.

Avril Brown

Avril Brown
Executive Member

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.

Lynn Mason

Lynn Mason
Executive Member

Lynn’s family Has been involved in the abalone fishery continuously since 1976.  The have been involved as divers, processors and quota holders, while no longer processing, Lynn continues to be actively involved as a quota holder, as well as managing dive entitlements.  Lynn has been a director and Chairperson of various boards since 1990.  Lynn has recently been Chairperson of Metro Tasmania, Chairperson of the  Tasmanian Community Fund, and Chairperson of Tasmanian Affordable Housing Ltd.  Lynn is currently on the board of Crime Stoppers Tasmania and RAW.  Lynn is past Mayor and past President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, and has plenty of experience in dealing with all levels of government.  Lynn is also a past Telstra Tasmanian Businesswoman of the Year and a past Westpac Australian Businesswomen of the Year.

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, the Tasmanian commercial dive association treasurer and secretary, commercial dive entitlement owner and very recently became an IMAS staff member employed to perform abalone abundance surveys and other field work.  Sean graduated from the Australian Maritime College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) and never forgets how lucky he is to be diving in a wild fishery in Tasmania’s pristine environment. Sean appreciates 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.

Alan Gray

Alan Gray
Executive Member

Alan has been involved in the industry since 1988 and started diving in 1994, is a Director of Shelly Point Seafish Pty Ltd.  Director of Fishing Investment Pty Ltd (broker, consultancy, valuation company).  Abalone quota holder and diesel engineer.  Alan was elected to the Board of  the Tasmanian Abalone Council from 1996 – 2008, Chairman of the Divers Sub-Council 1997-1998, Chairman of the Quota Holder Sub-Council 2013-2019.   A member of Abalone Fishery Advidory Committee, Abalone Futures Committee and Fishery Resources Advisory Group.

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.

Shane Wilson

Shane Wilson
Diver Sub-Council Chair

Shane graduated grade 12 from the Friend’s School, Hobart in 2005. Whilst completing his education he worked as an abalone deckhand and several other fisheries.  Working in an abalone processing factory on weekends gaining an understanding of the processing sector.  Upon completing grade 12 Shane went on to the Australian Maritime College gaining his Master5/Skipper 111 and MED 2.  Shane is a second generation Tasmanian fisherman and started his commercial abalone diving career(2007-current).  Shane has owned and operated his own mothership within the industry and is also a quota owner.  He operates a Tourism venture that focusses around Tasmanian seafood while cruising the waterways around South East Tasmania.

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

Allison Anderson

Dr Allison Anderson
Chief Executive

PhD, MAppSc (Urban & Regional Planning), BSc (Hons), MAICD

Allison is new to the abalone industry after a career spent in tourism as a consultant, business advisor, academic, strategic planner and public servant. Formerly the Head of Research & Insights at Tourism Tasmania, Allison led a team of researchers and specialised in the development and communication of insights to a complex and varied industry. She has directed major marketing programs such as the Tasmanian Drive Journeys Project, brand health benchmarking and segmentation, been a part of the 2020 Tourism Recovery Working Group and represented Tasmania on the National Tourism Research Committee. Allison’s PhD is in urban design and tourism, where she examined the decision making structures in designing cities. She has drafted planning schemes, conducted major social impact assessments, developed business plans and advised businesses on post disaster recovery. Allison’s love of Tasmania and passion for the sustainable development of its industries has led her to work with the Tasmanian Abalone Council. Growing up in Tasmania and diving recreationally since she was young, Allison has always felt the privilege of the beautiful state we live in and the bounty it produces. She is thrilled to be in the position to support such an integral and unique Tasmanian industry.

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.