An internationally recognised science leader in the seafood industry specialising in aquaculture and genetic breeding programs. A highly experienced professional, most comfortable when operating at the interface between the end user and the research provider and focused on the delivery of tangible outputs and real commercial outcomes. Also extensive prior experience in aquaculture R&D in an international development context and as a tertiary educator.
Strong international profile, as demonstrated by election to the Presidency of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS - 2013). Chaired World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 attended by >2000 delegates. Recipient of four research excellence awards and recent top MBA student award.
As Program Manager for Production Innovation with the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (2007-2015) variously known as the "Pragmatic Professor", the "details man" and the "quiet achiever". In this role adapted a strong science background and applied major strengths of innovation and legacy building to develop and implement over 100 research projects (valued at >AU$30M). Worked closely with aquaculture and wild catch business leaders to identify researchable constraints and build end user driven research partnerships. Working with 40 researchers across multiple partners, delivered on all government mandated milestones and produced over 75 tangible outputs the majority of which have been effectively commercialised by end users. There are multiple legacies in Australia’s seafood industry as evidence of the strength of this cooperative R&D.
My goal is to deliver an enduring legacy in the seafood industry nationally and internationally through focused and effective application of R&D linked to clear commercialisation strategies.