FRDC Staff

For General Enquiries contact the central FRDC number or email

T 02 6122 2100

FRDC's organisation chart


Patrick Hone
Managing Director
T: 02 6122 2110
M: 0419628400

Phillipa Nott
Executive Support Officer
T: 02 6122 2109

Cheryl Cole
General Manager Finance & Business
T: 02 6122 2118

Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing
General Manager ICT & Digitisation
T: 02 6122 2112

Crispian Ashby
General Manager R&D Investment
T: 02 6122 2125

Alison Connelly
Portfolio Officer-Research
T: 02 6122 2151

Christopher Izzo
Senior Portfolio Manager - Research
T: 02 6122 2152

Nicole Stubing
Portfolio Manager - Research
T: 02 6122 2123

Leah Fergusson
R&D Business Support Officer
T: 02 6122 2150

Wayne Hutchinson
Portfolio Manager - Research
T: 02 6122 2153

Carolyn Stewardson
Portfolio Manager – Research
T: 02 6122 2119

Jamie Allnutt
Transformational Extension & Adoption
M: 0409 756 763

Matt Bartwick
GM Strategy & Innovation
M: 0422 752 789

Jennifer Marshall
Cross-Functional Facilitator
T: 02 6122 2161

Annabel Boyer
Editorial Coordinator, FISH magazine
Science Communication
T: 02 6122 2114

Priti Narayan
Finance Manager (Accountant)
T: 02 6122 2127

Ilaria Catizone
Communications Officer - Science writer
T: 02 6122 2128

Shania Miller
Finance Officer
T: 02 6122 2126

Fish Magazine Enquiries
T: 02 6122 2100



Managing Director

Dr Patrick Hone

Patrick Hone is Managing Director of the FRDC, a member of the National Marine Science Committee, and a member of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations. Patrick has extensive knowledge of all sectors (Indigenous, Commercial and Recreational) of fishing and aquaculture. He has more than 20 years working for the FRDC and has played a key role in the planning, management and funding of fishing and aquaculture related research, development and extension in Australia. In recent years Patrick has become one of Australia’s leading spokespeople on the role of aquatic science to inform the ecological sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture.


Business Management

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl joined the FRDC in April 2004 as Office Administrator, and is now the General Manager Finance and Business.  She comes from an extensive background in Finance Management, Human Resources, Governance and Compliance. Her role is to lead the Finance and Business team to deliver the corporate services for FRDC including Company Secretary functions.

Phillipa Nott

Phillipa comes to the FRDC with 17 years of experience in accounts and payroll. She was previously with Australian Pork Ltd. She has also run her own bookkeeping business and holds a teaching degree.




Joined FRDC as their Finance Manager in Feb 2021. Priti is a Chartered Accountant with over 17 years  experience, providing business advisory and tax compliance to a wide range of clients across many industries. Priti's experience includes working with in private sector and Federal Government Departments.  Priti's personal goal is to ensure that all of her stakeholders feel valued, knowing they are receiving the best possible attention. 


Programs Management

Crispian Ashby

Crispian joined the FRDC in February 2002, starting as a Project Manager before taking over as the Program Manager in June 2005. Formerly with Victoria's Marine and Freshwater Resources Institute as a senior field scientist, he worked with industry on various FRDC projects assessing bycatch reduction measures in the South East Trawl fishery. Prior to this, he worked with New South Wales Fisheries on bycatch issues in the South East Trawl, estuarine prawn and finfish haul fisheries.

He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology from the Australian Maritime College and a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science from the University of New South Wales.

Carolyn Stewardson

Carolyn grew up on a sheep and cattle property in the Western District of Victoria. Prior to commencing her university studies, Carolyn worked with State Government assisting the local farming community with disease management of livestock. Carolyn has completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of New England, and a PhD at the Australian National University in the field of marine science. While doing her PhD, Carolyn worked extensively with the South African fishing industry.

From 2003 to 2008, Carolyn work as a scientist at the Bureau of Rural Sciences, in the Fisheries and Marine Sciences Program. In this position, Carolyn also worked on the BRS Fisheries Status Reports and is a recipient of the Alison Furbank Award for Communications Excellence in 2007 for work with the fishing industry. Over 12 months Carolyn was on secondment with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority working on Marine Bioregional Planning before joining the FRDC in May 2009. Outside of work Carolyn enjoys teaching Marine Biology and camping with her family.


Wayne Hutchinson

Wayne Hutchinson started with the FRDC in February 2016. He has an extensive background in aquaculture and holds a Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture (Research) from the University of Tasmania. His research career primarily addressed hatchery-related issues ranging from egg supply through to fingerling production of a range of local marine finfish species including Tasmanian Striped Trumpeter, Snapper, King George Whiting, Yellowtail Kingfish, Mulloway and Southern Bluefin Tuna.

In his current Research Portfolio Manager position, he oversees the Aquatic Animal Health and Biosecurity Subprogram and aquaculture sector Industry Partnership Agreements with Oysters Australia, the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, the Pearling Consortium, the Australian Abalone Growers Association and the Australian Barramundi Farmers Association. 

Christopher Izzo

Chris Izzo is part of the FRDC Adelaide Office as a full time Senior Research Portfolio Manager. Chris has a diverse research background in fisheries and fish biology, obtaining his doctorate at the University of Adelaide, having worked on various commercial species ranging from cockles to sharks.

Alison Connelly

Alison Connelly previously worked at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) for seven years and her background is in Office and Event Management.

Leah Fergusson

Leah Fergusson previously worked at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) for five years and her background is in Training and Office Management. Leah is now the R&D Business Support Officer.

Nicole Stubing

Nicole Stubing is a Research Portfolio Manager and works with the Research Advisory Committees (RACs). She first joined FRDC in her first position in industry after finishing her undergraduate studies, after graduating from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Science (Natural Resources) with Honours. She has a solid network of contacts within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and research community of South Australia, which she acquired while working with SARDI and the oyster industry as part of her Honours year.

Jennifer Marshall

Jen joined the FRDC in January 2018 as the research project manager for the National Carp Control Plan. In her previous work as a research technician for NSW DPI Fisheries, Jen gained experience with testing commercial and recreational fishing gear modifications, and compiling observer data for the charter industry. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, and both a Master of marine science and management and a PhD in marine ecology studies from Southern Cross University. 






Ilaria Catizone

Ilaria joined the FRDC in April 2012 as Science Writer. Ilaria previously work at the CSIRO where she gained substantial experience in communicating science to the general public. She has a background in plant molecular biology and worked as a researcher when she first arrived in Australia in 2001.

Originally from Italy, Ilaria holds a degree in Agricultural Science with Honours from Bologna University and a Master of Science Communication from the Australian National University.