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Current EPA Board Members


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 a volunteer driver and emergency response volunteer with Red Cross and a member of the Friends of the Peter Murrell Reserve.  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 25 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. 


Belinda Hazell

Belinda Hazell has had extensive involvement with large and small businesses during her career, specialising in business systems and administration. She currently works for Optimum Standard as a Principal Consultant in Business Management Systems with a range of industry clients based in Tasmania and mainland states, and she is Chair of Freshcare Limited, which is a horticultural industry-owned on-farm assurance program helping over 7,500 growers nationally with food safety, quality and environmental certification. She is also undertaking an MBA at the University of Tasmania and was a Corporate and Private Award Tasmanian Finalist in the 2016 Telstra Business Women's Awards. 



Professor Colin Buxton

Professor Colin Buxton retired as Director of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Coasts Centre at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania (UTas) in 2014. 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 134 publications, 81 in the peer reviewed literature. 

Professor Buxton has over 40 years’ experience in the University sector with a broad knowledge and experience in coastal marine environments, fisheries and aquaculture. He is a frequent consultant and advisor to governments and other public and private agencies in Australia, Africa and the United States. A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has served on the Board of several companies and organisations, including the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (Deputy Chair), Southern Rocklobster Ltd (Chair), National Fisheries Advisory Council (Chair).  He is also a member of the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel in Tasmania.​



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 for ​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 Industries 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. ​​

Contact the Board

All contact concerning Board Meetings should be directed to:
(03) 6165 4507 or via the Contact Us page.

Board Decisions

Summaries of the Board's decisions are available online.

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.