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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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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Alison Fleming

Secretary

Alison is currently senior legal counsel strata reform at Landgate. She has been at Landgate since 2005 and before joining the strata reform project team as its lead lawyer in 2014, Alison was the Manager of Legal Services at Landgate. Previously Alison was employed as a lawyer in the Department of Fisheries for 5 years and at Bankwest for 10 years in a variety of legal and legal management roles. While at Fisheries Alison learnt quite a lot about sustainable fishing practices, the aquaculture industry and licensing and objections processes, especially the introduction of licenses for charterboats. During that time Alison was invited to join the Board of the newly formed Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc, now Fishability. Alison has served on the Board since 2004, including as chairperson prior to Fishability’s current chairman.

Alison is married with 2 adult children, both of whom enjoy fishing, and 1 grandchild. She is a keen sportsperson playing hockey at State veterans level and tennis, running and recently taking up Crossfit as a way to exercise after injury. Alison served as secretary for her previous hockey club for a number of years, coached at Minkey level and her son’s school hockey team and spent many Saturdays and Sundays scoring at cricket matches.

Alison is sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities in the community and giving community service, starting at school visiting an elderly blind lady as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.

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Sarah de Rozario

Treasurer

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!

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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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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.

Jill Byrne

Board Member

Jill has worked in the corporate finance area for almost twenty years, providing expert financial, commercial and strategic advice in a variety of roles in Perth, Toronto and London. For the last decade she has specialised in the energy sector, and she currently works for Chevron Australia. Jill is passionate about giving back to the local community and is very proud to show her two young sons the wonderful work that Fishability does. She is a very keen sportsperson, loves the beach and swimming - but is still learning how to fish!  

Kerrie Duff

Board Member

Kerrie has a long-standing interest in social justice and worked with World Vision Australia for 12 years. She is a Paralympian having won bronze in the 400 Freestyle event in 1984 and a strong advocate for people born with disability; having held various voluntary state, national and international Board positions over the years. Since moving to Perth in 2003 she has worked disability sector and was a Board member of People with Disabilities WA until she joined their staff as a project officer in 2006, later becoming the senior systemic advocate.

After completing her internship with WAiS Kerrie graduated with Master of Human Rights (Curtin). She has undertaken Australian Institute of Company Director training and completed her Cert IV in Training and Evaluation funded through the Leaders for Tomorrow program. She completed the Citizen-Centered Leadership Community of Practice training while working part time as WAiS’ Admin/Communications officer and part time in Rocky Bay’s Training Department.

Kerrie established her own business, Kerrie Duff Consulting, focussing on disability awareness within the community. She put her consultancy on hold to take up the role of Planning and Support Coordinator with the NDIA in 2015/16. She currently works with Guides 4 Sight supporting NDIS participants who self-manage their own plans. Kerrie is a mad craft-o-holic, married to Martin and they are both owned by a bichon frees called Lucy.