Board Members

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Michael Donnelly

Chairman

Mike operates his own Management Consulting Business specialising in strategy and governance in the Community service Sector and is principal consultant for OBH Consulting. He is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors advanced governance program. Mike has been a Non-Executive Director of Disability Service Provider Intework Inc since 2006. He was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Mike is an active Recreational fisherman and holds an open waters divers certificate and recreational skippers ticket. He has been a member of Fishability Board since June 2013 and, is a member of the Governance Committee and is Vice Chairman.

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Alison Fleming

Board Member

Bio coming soon

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Michael McMullan

Secretary

Michael McMullan joined the Board of Fishability in 2009 and has been the Board Secretary since that time. Michael has held a number of senior positions in the State Public Service and is currently Manager of Legal and Executive Services with the Department of Primary Industries and Resources. Michael has a keen interest in fishing and gardening.

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Wayne Bowen

Treasurer

Wayne is a self-employed businessman and has been involved in his own businesses for the majority of his adult life. These businesses have included retail, hospitality, media and property development. He is a qualified CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. He uses this qualification for his own business purposes and does not operate as a practicing accountant. Currently his business interests consist of 3 retail surf shops which he has owned for over 25 years and a number of investment properties.

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Joachim Azzopardi

Vice-Chairman

Joachim Azzopardi is a personal injury lawyer specialising in workers’ compensation law. Joachim is a passionate recreational fisher and, for the past decade, has written fishing columns and reports that have featured in various Western Australian newspapers and Recfishwest’s online publications. Through his own experience of having an elder brother who lived with muscular dystrophy, Joachim understands firsthand the challengers people living with disabilities have in engaging in enjoyable pastimes such as recreational fishing.

 
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Sascha Brand-Gardner

Board Member

Sascha was previously involved with Fishability as a Project Officer working on a “Building Capacity” project. During this time she recruited and spent time with many of the Association’s volunteers and enhanced the regional programs. Sascha is delighted to continue to be involved as a Board Member. She has been a past President of a not-for-profit organisation and is a Director of a charitable Foundation. Sascha is a biologist and fishery manager with a Bachelor of Science with Honours and is currently a Senior Fisheries Management Officer with the Department of Primary Industries and Resources. Sascha is a keen kayaker, diver and recreational fisher.

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Dr Andrew Rowland

Board Member

Andrew has long been avid fisher and enjoys many types from marron, trout and redfin to offshore species and everything in between. He loves getting on the water at all opportunities and will be found in his boat or kayak or wading the flats most weekends.

Andrew studied at Murdoch University and has a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science. Andrew is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Recfishwest, a role he has filled since 2012. Andrew is a Director for Fishability (formally Fishers with Disabilities Association). Andrew is also a member of the Recfishing Research Steering Committee, which provides advice to the FRDC. Andrew also sits on the Certification Advisory Body the WA MSC initiative and is a member of the Premier’s Marine Science Roundtable.

Andrew believes that rec fishing provides significant social, cultural, health and economic benefits to WA and is passionate about maintaining and building this value for the benefit to the whole community. He understands that natural resource management requires striking a balance between competing user groups, and various (often diverse) stakeholders in protecting the resource which they value. A key component to achieving the right balance is ensuring the interest and values of West Australians who enjoy fishing are effectively represented to protect and develop great fishing experiences.

 
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Sarah de Rozario

Board Member

Sarah loves the numbers. She is a CPA and a member of Women on Boards. She has worked and lived not only in Australia, but held Senior Finance Roles in the UK, Scandinavia & the Middle East over a period of a decade. Industry sectors include - Construction, Oil & Gas, Technology, and Sports Administration ( International Cricket Council, Hockey Australia & WA, Special Olympics). Her skillset is cross functional and she specialises in corporate governance – strategy, risk, & policy compliance; financial management; process review, redesign and implementation. She has an excellent understanding and experience of the Not-For-Profit sector, and enjoys being able to put something back into the local community. Sarah’s interest and motivation for being involved with Fishability is borne from family experience, as her youngest brother has an intellectual disability. Sarah also loves to run - having completed a Marathon and a few Half Marathons, she is a regular swimmer and enjoys working with excel spreadsheets!