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For General Enquiries contact the central FRDC number or email

T 02 6285 0400
E frdc@frdc.com.au

 

Find the FRDC's organisation chart here.

 

Patrick Hone
Managing Director
T 02 6285 0400

Peter Horvat
General Manager Communications, Trade and Marketing

John Wilson
General Manager - Business

Ilaria Catizone
Communications Officer - Science writer

Cheryl Cole
Manager Corporate Services

Phillipa Nott
Administration Coordinator

Crispian Ashby
General Manager Research & Investment

Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing
ICT Manager

Christopher Izzo
Senior Portfolio Manager - Research

Skye Barrett
Portfolio Manager - Research

Joshua Fielding
Senior Portfolio Manager - Research

Alison Connelly
Portfolio Officer-Research

Leah Fergusson
Portfolio Officer - Research          

Nicole Stubing
Portfolio Manager - Research

Carolyn Stewardson
Portfolio Manager – Research

Wayne Hutchinson
Portfolio Manager - Research

Jamie Allnut
National Carp Coordinator

Jennifer Marshall
Projects Manager - Carp

Pamela Milnes
Portfolio Officer - Carp

Fish Magazine Enquiries
T: 02 6285 0415

 

 

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

John Wilson

John Wilson is the FRDC’s General Manager Business. John's roles includes Company/Board Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. John is a Certified Practicing Accountant, with an honours degree in Economics from the ANU and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. He is a Justice of the Peace, a director of two family owned companies, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John has been with the FRDC since February 2000. Before that, he worked with Airservices Australia as the Manager Finance & Administration/Financial Controller of the Air Traffic Control Division, and the Business Analyst of the Commercial Operations Group. Previously he was Austrade's Manager, Financial Services and its Manager, Systems Development. John has also been the Manager Corporate Services for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl joined the FRDC in April 2004 as the Office Administrator and comes from an extensive background in administration and account management. Cheryl is now the Manager for Corporate Services and has responsibility for managing the FRDC's human resource issues, as well as the monthly and annual financial reporting requirements.

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.

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.

Joshua Fielding

Josh joined the FRDC in March 2014 as a Projects Manager and he is now a Senior Research Portfolio Manager. Prior to being at FRDC Josh worked at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in several fisheries areas including Tuna and International Fisheries and Northern Fisheries. In this time Josh gained experience in a number of functions relevant to fisheries management, including altering legislation to update fishery management arrangements and incorporating Ecologically Sustainable Development principles into fisheries management. Josh has also worked for Tasmanian Salmon farming company Tassal for a period between 2012 and 2013 as a Technical Officer.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Science from the University of Tasmania.

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 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 National Priority 3 - New and Emerging Aquaculture Opportunities. He also oversees research undertaken under 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. 

Skye Barrett

Skye Barrett joined the FRDC Adelaide Office as a full time Portfolio Manager (research) and has been tasked with working closely alongside the NSW, VIC, SA, QLD, TAS  Research Advisory Committees (RACs) to manage projects from each jurisdiction. She has a family background in the South Australian commercial fisheries sector and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (Honours) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Economics and has been employed at SARDI as a Research Officer, working predominantly in the Wild Fisheries program since 2010.

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. 

Nicole Stubing

Nicole Stubing is  a Research Portfolio Manager and works with the WA and NT 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.

 

Communications

Peter Horvat

Peter Horvat commenced as the Communications Manager in late January 2005 and brings with him experience in the field of communications. Peter joins FRDC from the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) where he managed the development of the National Problem Gambling Awareness campaign. Peter has developed an array of experience dealing with both local and national campaigns.

Peter holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from Deakin University, Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Certified Practising Marketer as well a member of ACT Chapter of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

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.