WHO WE ARE
Oysters Australia is a national body formed by Australia's community of oyster growers in 2011 for advocacy, research and development. It is passionate about and committed to becoming world leaders in responsible, profitable and sustainable oyster industry production. Oysters Australia's members are NSW, SA and Tasmania with observers from Qld and commercial bodies. Oysters Australia aims to sustainably increase industry GVP to $146M through increased production and profit while building 'people power' capacity.
DR LEN STEPHENS
Also: Chairman of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI); Director of Animal Health Australia; Director of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation
Len was the Managing Director of the Seafood CRC until 30 June 2015. He was in that role for eight years. Prior to that he was the CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, General Manager R&D for Meat & Livestock Australia and Scientific Director of the Victorian Institute of Animal Science. Len is also a Director of the Rural Industry R&D Corporation and has plenty of experience in corporate governance, shareholder communication and commercialisation of services resulting from research.
Also: NSW Shellfish Committee; Skills Impact Aquaculture & Wild Capture Industry Reference Committee; NSW Oyster Industry Extension Officer
Andy has been in involved the oyster industry since 2010, predominantly as an Extension Officer to the oyster industry in NSW. He has worked on a variety of projects encompassing risk management, environmental best practice, and industry development - always with a strong focus on communication and building industry capacity. With a background in marine science and coastal management he has a particular interest in water quality and the extension and application of research.
COMPANY SECRETARY & FINANCE MANAGER
Also: Company Secretary & Finance Manager of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI); Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors;
Graham is the Managing Director of Corporate & Business Development Services Pty Ltd, specialising in finance, company secretary, risk management and compliance services (RiskComply). He has recently been appointed to Oysters Australia as Company Secretary and Finance Manager on a contractual basis. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a member of the Board for nine years, a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Member of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia, and a Certified Risk Management Technician.
Chair NSW Farmers Association Oyster Committee; NSW Shellfish Committee; NSW Oyster Farmer
Todd has been oyster farming full-time since about 2014, and has been an active member of the NSW Farmers Association (Oyster Committee) since that time. He took over the Chairs role in this committee in late 2020. Prior to 2014 Todd worked for Kempsey Shire Council during the week, and farmed oysters on the weekend. For the last couple of years Todd has also been working as SOCo’s Technical Field Officer were he looks after broodstock, communicates with hatcheries and works alongside DPI Fisheries Officer in the field and at the hatchery at Port Stephens.
NSW Aquaculture Research Advisory Committee; NSW Oyster Farmer
Tony has owned and operated an oyster farm on the Camden Haven River, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW for 30 years. He has built and operates a nursery and hatchery at his site. Tony completed an MSc in Aquaculture in 2001, and has previously held positions on the NSW Shellfish Committee, the NSW Oyster Committee, and the NSW Oyster Industry Strategic Plan Implementation Group on which he served as Chair.
Oysters Tasmania; Executive Chair of Marine Culture - Oyster Producer in Tasmania, South Australia & NSW
Fisheries stock assessment, Research, Business and Technology Development - Tim brings with him a suite of commercial and technical skills, along with experience built on a background of R&D and business development. This includes the successful development and commercialisation of scientific software and aquaculture products overseas into more than 30 countries. He co-founded Echoview, working for fifteen years as Director of Technical and Business Development. Echoview develops and distributes the world’s leading fisheries hydroacoustics visualization and analysis software suite. At the Australian Antarctic Division, he ran their marine acoustics stock assessment program for ten years, and represented the Australian Government at numerous international meetings. For five years he studied and worked as a research associate participating in a wide range of projects at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University.
Oysters Tasmania; Tasmanian Oyster Farmer
Ian is Managing Director of SeaPerfect Pty Ltd a new shellfish hatchery business. He was there at the birth of the selective breeding program running the larvae for the then University of Tasmania project, and has maintained a strong interest in the program since that time. He has worked extensively within the shellfish aquaculture industry establishing a small grow out farm, but predominately within the hatchery sector, including Cameron of Tasmania, Marine Shellfish Hatcheries, Geordy River Aquaculture, Shellfish Culture and Spring Bay Seafoods. He has also travelled extensively with a Nuffield Scholarship investigating shellfish businesses around the globe, and consulted to enterprises within Australia and internationally. His previously held the position of Chair of TSEC and TORC, and is currently a director of Oysters Tasmania.
South Australian Oyster Growers Association; South Australian Oyster Farmer
Gary Zippel has been involved in the Oyster Industry for over 30 years and is a Director of the family company Zippel Enterprises. He began work on the family wheat sheep farm at Mudamuckla on the west coast of South Australia. In 1989 the family decided to diversify and settled on oyster farming at Smoky Bay as an addition to the enterprise. The family land farm was sold in 2000 and Oyster farming became the sole focus of the family.
Gary and his two brothers Ashley and Bruce have been Oyster farmers at Smoky Bay for over 30 years and continue to evolve their oyster growing business.
Gary is currently the Vice Chairman of the South Australian Oyster Growers and is on the Oysters Australia board. He has previously been a director of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) and a chairman of South Australia Oyster Research Council.
South Australian Oyster Growers Association; South Australian Oyster Farmer
A South Australian oyster farmer, growing oysters on the spit in Stansbury, Yorke Peninsula as PACIFIC ESTATE OYSTERS (PEO) – a family partnership. PEO is a specialist on-grower providing juvenile oysters to a number of growers on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia since June 2006.
Steve has a background in Financial and Operational Management as well as Corporate Governance; he is an operational and financial trouble-shooter with experience in planning, developing and implementing solutions to complex commercial problems.
He served as Chairman of the South Australian Oyster Research Council Pty. Ltd. (SAORC) from 2008 to 2017. SAORC is the research and development arm of the South Australian Oyster Industry and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the peak industry body representing oyster growers in South Australia. Its main role is to coordinate research with a view to maximising industry economic development by collect levies paid by industry and commissioning research.