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Dr Patrick Hone
Managing Director

Appointed Managing Director from 24 December 2004


Patrick Hone is Managing Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), a member of the National Marine Science Committee (NMSC), a member of the Australian Fisheries Management Forum, Chair of the Seafood Industry Safety Initiative, Australian Agrifood Data Exchange Advisory Council and a member of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations (CRRDC).  Patrick has held board positions on the Aquafin CRC and Seafood CRC. Patrick has extensive knowledge of all sectors of the fishing and aquaculture sectors. He has more than 25 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 marine and aquatic science, and evidence based decision making. 


Patrick has a PhD from Adelaide University. Patrick previously worked for South Australian Department of Fisheries and then the newly formed South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Patrick has worked on a wide range of research including on Southern Bluefin Tuna, Pacific Oysters, Blue Mussels, Yellowtail Kingfish and Abalone.

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Matt Barwick
General Manager

Matt is General Manager for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Strategy and Innovation business unit. Matt has developed a unique perspective on Australia’s fishing and aquaculture community, enabled through his diverse background. During his career Matt has studied migration and habitat requirements of freshwater and estuarine species in Eastern NSW, contributed to management of the Southern Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, managed the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Native Fish Strategy research program, and worked to reduce bycatch and interactions with threatened species within the commercial wild-harvest sector with the Northern Prawn Fishing Industry. 

Matt was also program coordinator for the recreational fishing sector’s Subprogram, Recfishing Research for four years, and worked on a national program seeking to control the pest species Carp using biocontrol.

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Jennifer Marshall
Cross-functional Facilitator

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. 

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Jamin Forbes 
Strategic Partnerships Manager
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Crispian Ashby
General Manager

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.

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Josh Fielding
Senior Research Portfolio Manager
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Dr Carolyn Stewardson
Research Portfolio Manager

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.

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Wayne Hutchinson
Research Portfolio Manager

Wayne 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. 

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Dr Chris Izzo
Senior Research Portfolio Manager

Chris 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.

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Dr Toby Piddocke
External Partnerships

Toby has a background in fisheries biology, including the age and growth, reproductive biology, acoustic telemetry, and freshwater fish surveys.

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Adrianne Laird
Research Portfolio Manager
For over 20 years Adrianne has worked across commercial fisheries research and management and aquatic habitat conservation having worked within state and federal fisheries management agencies and the commercial fishing industry. Much of her work has involved directly engaging with the fishing industry, particularly in regard to bycatch and threatened species mitigation, co-management and research.
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Sally Roberts
Capacity Capability & Culture Change Manager

Sally is driven by inspiring, enabling and unlocking individual and collective potential through developing people. Sally previously worked at Dairy Australia, leading research and development projects focussing on attracting, retaining and transitioning people to enable a capable workforce and safe, positive workplaces by transforming behaviour and practices.


Prior to dairy, Sally has worked in a variety of roles at the Department Education & Training Victoria and lived in London during the global financial crisis, working for a large charity to support civil society to navigate change, access funding and explore new business structures.

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Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing
General Manager
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Dennis Payne
ICT Manager
Dennis has 15 years’ experience working with Research and Development Corporations delivering technology solutions and innovation to industry and regional areas. Examples include the extensionAUS(tm) digital extension platform to transform the way farmers source and digest information. Dennis is passionate in using user-centered interaction design to create efficient and practical digital products, focused on meeting the needs and optimising the experience of the users.
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Cheryl Cole
General Manager Finance and Business

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.

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Priti Narayan
Finance Manager

Priti joined FRDC as the 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. Her experience includes working within private sector and Federal Government Departments.  Her personal goal is to ensure that all of her stakeholders feel valued, knowing they are receiving the best possible attention

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Ryan Mullins
Finance Officer
Ryan joined the FRDC as a finance officer in 2022. He comes from a background of accounting, finance and business and is committed to responding to stakeholder's needs as effectively as possible.
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Leah Fergusson
R&D Business Support Officer

Leah previously worked at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) for five years and her background is in Training and Office Management. 

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Phillipa Nott
Executive Support Officer

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 Diploma of Education.

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Kylie Dunstan
General Manager General Manager Stakeholder Engagement
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Sue Rana
Corporate Affairs Manager
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Dempsey Ward
Communication Coordinator
Dempsey has joined FRDC with a background in marketing communication and business. He has been involved previously in brand management and strategic communication projects.
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Blair Ewart
Digital Communications Officer
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Jamie Allnutt
Transformational Extension and Adoption

Jamie has a diverse background in agricultural extension, community engagement, planning and evaluation. He has previously worked as a coastal and marine facilitator and more recently has completed a national evaluation of extension. Jamie is passionate about the outdoors and especially sailing and surfing. 

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David Maynard
Extension Officer (TAS)

David studied fishing gear technology at the Australian Maritime College. He has worked in the seafood processing sector as a microbiologist/export officer, as a research scientist with the South Australian rock lobster industry, and as a lecturer and trainer at the Australian Maritime College and the University of Tasmania. Most recently David was the Senior Curator Natural Sciences at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania, working on biodiversity and climate science and anthropogenic impacts. David is passionate about the marine environment and the seafood industry.

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Kris Cooling 
Extension Officer (NSW)

Kris grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW, and spends any available time in and around the water. After completing his honours in Marine Science and Management, Kris has worked in a wide range of roles across the fisheries and marine sector. These include as a fisheries researcher and technician, commercial fisheries observer, rec fishing retail manager, aquaculture technician and field technician for on-country aquatic conservation research with Traditional Owners and Rangers. Kris is passionate about connecting people and projects that strengthen the resilience of both our aquatic habitats and the communities that rely on them.

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Matt Jones 
Extension Officer (VIC)
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Steve Eayrs 
Extension Officer (QLD)

Steve’s involvement in the commercial fishing industry commenced 40 years ago catching prawns, scampi, and orange roughy. He was then a fishing technologist at the Australian Maritime College and a research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Maine, USA. For most of his career, Steve has worked closely with fishers and others to improve fishing gear performance, including bycatch reduction and fuel conservation. Steve is also the Principal Investigator to the SeSAFE project, a nationwide effort to provide online safety training to fishers ( In his spare time Steve enjoys fishing from his kayak or stand-up paddle boarding.

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Nathan Bicknell
Extension Officer (SA)

Nathan grew up in a rock lobster fishing family in Port Lincoln regional, South Australia and studied environmental science, majoring in fisheries management. Nathan has worked across a variety of government, no-government, and associations and co-operatives. Roles which have required working closely with key stakeholders to navigate complex natural resource management issues and change.

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Felicity Horn
Extension Officer (WA)

Felicity grew up in a commercial fishing family who were involved in rock lobster, wet line and trawl fisheries in WA's mid-west region. Felicity worked at WAFIC for a number of years representing commercial fisheries across WA on a range of resource access issues. More recently, Felicity worked with the Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators’ Association as EO and held Director positions on the ACPF and WAFIC Boards. Felicity is an avid recreational fisher and a strong advocate for sustainable and profitable fisheries and continued supply of local seafood.

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Lauren Thornton
Extension Officer (NT)
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