RecFish SA Board

Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson

Executive Officer

Danny was formerly the Manager of Recreational Fisheries for the South Australian government, a role he fulfilled for 5 years.  He has over 25 years of experience as a professional Natural Resources Manager with a particular skill base in aquatic ecology, wetlands and environmental flow management, having worked for both the government and the private sector. Danny has managed the South Australian water & environment operations of international consulting firms, and is currently a Director of Pulse Consulting.

Danny supported RecFish SA in implementing it’s new constitution &  organisational structure. His project management capabilities have already made a significant contribution to organising and structuring RecFish SA project delivery and developing a framework to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation. He has been an avid fisher since first casting a line from the St Kilda breakwater in the 1960s and continues to spend much of his time divided between fishing and watching football.

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Director

Paul’s interest in recreational fishing advocacy was created by the recent Marine Parks process. Paul became a member of a local action group on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island where he fishes. Paul then went on to be a member of the Kangaroo Island Marine Action Group (KIMAG) where he was responsible for writing KIMAG’s submissions to government, DEWNR, the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority and the Select Committee on Marine Parks.

Paul’s executive career has been in stockbroking, investment management and financial advice. Paul graduated from the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2010. Since October 2014 Paul has served as national President of Parkinson’s Australia . Paul’s Board experience includes strategic, business and governance reviews, sub-committee Chair and Board treasurer.

Ian Fitzgerald

Ian Fitzgerald

Director

Ian is the former secretary and deputy-chairperson of RecFish SA. Ian has a long involvement in recreational fishing representation. Leading the Metro RFC for many years, Ian has a knowledge base which covers many and varied recreational fishing issues. Ian  heads up the RecFish SA Freshwater Group, he is the RFSA representative on the Reservoir Fishing Taskforce and he has successfully launched the first RecFish SA Family Fishing Days in September 2014.

Ian has worked tirelessly on improving freshwater fishing opportunities for South Australians recreational fishers. He was instrumental in forging a memorandum of understanding with various stakeholders to open SA Reservoirs to recreational fishing. In 2014  the state government announced that 5 reservoirs have been scheduled to be opened up for recreational fishing access and Ian & RecFish SA are now working on expanded recreational fishing access.

Cherylee Harris

Cherylee Harris

Director (Appointed)

Cherylee was appointed as a Director to the RecFish SA Board in 2016.
Cherylee operates a marketing media and PR consulting business, organising
television and radio campaigns.

Cherylee holds a Degree in Marketing and completed her MBA Program at the
University of Adelaide in 2008, where she also served on the University Alumni
board for a period of three years.

Cherylee worked for Channel 7 as a weather presenter and reported on the travel show Discover for over 13 years. She was also a presenter on Channel 7’s Fishing and Boating (FAB) show for a number of years. Personally, Cherylee has always been passionate about recreational fishing and boating, in both the ocean and river.

 

 

Brenton Schahinger

Brenton Schahinger

Director (Treasurer)

Brenton has been a keen recreational fisher from a very young age and fishes mostly on Yorke Peninsula and is a regular visitor to Kangaroo Island and Eyre Peninsula. He is passionate about the sustainable management of South Australian fisheries and has been a member of RecFish SA for 17 years. Brenton served as Chairperson for four years and was instrumental to the introduction of a new, more open and democratic constitution for RecFish SA in 2015.

Brenton is a current representative on the Boating Facilities Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Fisheries Council,  Marine Scale Fisheries Management Committee, and  a former Boating Industry Association Board Member. Brenton has a background in engineering and management and is a qualified marine engineer and winemaker.

Dr Michael Sierp

Dr Michael Sierp

Director (Appointed)

Currently, Managing Director of a private consulting company, Michael was previously employed as a senior government biosecurity manager in natural resources with a focus on maritime and the environment. Michael has management experience of freshwater and marine issues, as a technical expert and director.  Michael has held senior positions in government, universities and private business. I have developed a unique knowledge of the aquatic areas and stakeholders of Australia through  committee, recreational and research experience. Michael’s work has been conducted nationally, managing key stakeholder groups towards Australian state and federal law, policies, guidelines and international maritime conventions.

Prior to joining the Board Michael served as an Expert Technical Assistant to RecFish SA, having obtained his PhD in aquatic ecology, fisheries, aquaculture and limnology in 2008. Recently, Michael’s experience in ecology and bio-security have greatly benefited RecFish SA’s reservoir stocking programs.

David Ciaravolo

David Ciaravolo

Director

David has a decade of experience in the fishing tackle retail industry and writes a column in a premier SA fishing magazine. David is involved in the federally funded, FRDC Future Leaders Program which aims to build capacity in the Australian recreational fishing sector. In 2014 David attended the World Recreational Fishing Conference in Sao Paulo as part of the FRDC Delegation. David is passionate about RecFish SA striving to grow as a modern, communicative and open organisation. At RecFish SA He as been involved in communications reform & governance development, including the introduction of a new constitution in 2015.

David is a keen fisher in both salt and freshwater and enjoys fishing in metropolitan Adelaide and in the Mt. Lofty ranges.  Former owner of a small business with a focus on sustainability, he is passionate about and experienced in social media and stakeholder engagement. David’s study background is in Politics and International studies. He was first elected to the Executive/Board in November 2013.

Peter Teakle

Peter Teakle

Director

Peter is from Renmark and has a keen interest in freshwater fishing. He is a passionate and skilled advocate for the River Murray and has been working hard to bring greater recognition to species such as Murray Cod and Catfish. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and much experience representing fishers from the Riverland and across South Australia. He has served as the South Australian Representative on the Murray Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy (Community Stakeholder Task Force) and is presently a serving member of the MDB Murray Cod Fishery Management Group, RFSA representative on the newly Murray Cod Enhancement Working Group for South Australia and the Australian Fisheries Management Forum (AFHA).

In 2011 he was awarded the SARFAC “GOLD AWARD of EXCELLENCE”” for outstanding and unwavering commitment to the Murray River environment and it’s iconic species.

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