Warren Jones (Chair)
Warren Jones was born and educated in South Australia. He holds an Honours degree in Zoology and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Adelaide University. He has worked in secondary and tertiary education and the aquaculture industry but the majority of his working life has been spent in the environmental management sector. Most of this (about 30 years) has been working in the Tasmanian Environment agency in a variety of roles including environmental assessment, policy development and project management.
He served in the statutory roles of the Director of Environmental Management and then Director of the EPA for 13 years. Although now mostly retired, he is currently Chair of the Assessment Committee for Dam Construction, a volunteer driver and emergency response volunteer with Red Cross and a member of the Friends of the Peter Murrell Reserves. The rest of his time is spent on travel, gardening, fishing, singing in a community choir and birding.
Anthony Ferrier (Deputy Chair)
Tony Ferrier is currently employed as the Deputy General Manager at Kingborough Council and has 20 years of local government experience within Tasmania in senior management roles. He has tertiary qualifications in surveying, urban and regional planning and natural resource management.
His experience in relation to environmental management within local government extends across such areas as strategic land use planning, statutory planning (development control and preparing new planning schemes), regulatory compliance, waste management, coastal and catchment management, climate change and community engagement. Tony was previously a member of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Board from 1998 to 2002 and was a reserve member of the previous EPA Board since mid-2013.
Professor Colin Buxton
Professor Colin Buxton recently retired as Director of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Coasts Centre at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania (UTas). Prior to this he was the founding Director of the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute at UTas, a joint venture partnership between the State Government and the University of Tasmania. He has also held senior positions at the Australian Maritime College and at Rhodes University in South Africa.
His research career has focused on the effect of exploitation on life-history, biology and ecology of reef fish important to inshore recreational and commercial fisheries. Currently his research focus is on evaluating the effectiveness of marine protected areas as a fishery management and conservation tool. He has published widely in his field and is author of 123 publications, 76 in the peer reviewed literature.
Professor Buxton has a broad knowledge and experience in coastal marine environments, fisheries and aquaculture and is a frequent consultant and advisor to governments and other public and private agencies in Australia, Africa and the United States. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has served on the Board of several companies and organizations, including the Aquaculture Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), the Aquafin CRC and the Seafood CRC.
Catherine Murdoch is currently employed at Manager Environment at Tasmanian Irrigation where she commenced employment in 2010. Catherine has extensive experience in environmental impact assessment particularly in relation to threatened species and water quality. Catherine is also a former CEO of NRM North and has had more than 20 years’ experience within the field of environmental management. During her career, Catherine has held on-ground, planning, management and policy roles. She has worked with national award winning organisations in New South Wales and Queensland. Catherine has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Southern Cross University and is an accredited Lead Environmental Auditor and a Certified Environmental Practitioner.
Wes Ford (Director)
Wes Ford was appointed Director of the Environment
Protection Authority and General Manager of the EPA Division in May 2015. Born
and raised in Tasmania, he holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of
Tasmania and Graduate Certificates in Fisheries Management and Public Sector
Management. He has worked in the State Departments responsible primary industries
and fisheries for close to 30 years, commencing his career in fisheries
research, management and regulation. He has held senior positions in the
Department since 1993, firstly as Fisheries Manager for Rock Lobster then Director
of Marine Resources in 2002, followed by General Manager of the Primary
Industry Division in 2004, General Manager of Water and Marine Resources in
2009, and Acting Deputy Secretary in 2014.
He is keen to bring his past
experience as a regulator and manager in aquaculture, fisheries and water
resources, to his current role with the EPA. He aims to work closely with businesses
and the community to encourage regional development – generating employment and
creating wealth – whilst ensuring the goals of sustainable development for
future generations. In his personal life, he is a keen bushwalker, kayaker and
traveller, and has shared with his family, a love of the outdoors and a long
association with Scouts Tasmania.
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