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Dr Patrick Hone
Managing Director

Appointed Managing Director from 21 April 2005


Patrick Hone is Managing Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), a member of the National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) and a member of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations (CRRDC). Patrick has extensive knowledge of all sectors of the fishing and aquaculture industries. He has more than 24 years working for the FRDC, and has played a key role in the planning, management and funding of fishing and aquaculture related research, development and extension in Australia. In recent years Patrick has become one of Australia’s leading spokespeople on the role of marine and aquatic science, and evidence based decision making.


Patrick has a PhD from Adelaide University, and previously worked for SARDI on a wide range of research for Southern Bluefin Tuna, Pacific Oysters, mussels, Yellowtail Kingfish and abalone.

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Matt Bartwick
General Manager

Matt is General Manager for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Strategy and Innovation business unit. Matt has developed a unique perspective on Australia’s fishing and aquaculture community, enabled through his diverse background. During his career Matt has studied migration and habitat requirements of freshwater and estuarine species in Eastern NSW, contributed to management of the Southern Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, managed the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Native Fish Strategy research program, and worked to reduce bycatch and interactions with threatened species within the commercial wild-harvest sector with the Northern Prawn Fishing Industry. 

Matt was also program coordinator for the recreational fishing sector’s Subprogram, Recfishing Research for four years, and worked on a national program seeking to control the pest species Carp using biocontrol.

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Dr Jennifer Marshall
Cross-functional Facilitator

Jen joined the FRDC in January 2018 as the research project manager for the National Carp Control Plan. In her previous work as a research technician for NSW DPI Fisheries, Jen gained experience with testing commercial and recreational fishing gear modifications, and compiling observer data for the charter industry. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, and both a Master of marine science and management and a PhD in marine ecology studies from Southern Cross University. 

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Toby Piddocke
External Partnerships

Toby has a background in fisheries biology, including the age and growth, reproductive biology, acoustic telemetry, and freshwater fish surveys.

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Crispian Ashby
General Manager

Crispian joined the FRDC in February 2002, starting as a Project Manager before taking over as the Program Manager in June 2005. Formerly with Victoria's Marine and Freshwater Resources Institute as a senior field scientist, he worked with industry on various FRDC projects assessing bycatch reduction measures in the South East Trawl fishery. Prior to this, he worked with New South Wales Fisheries on bycatch issues in the South East Trawl, estuarine prawn and finfish haul fisheries.


He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology from the Australian Maritime College and a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science from the University of New South Wales.

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Dr Carolyn Stewardson
Research Portfolio Manager

Carolyn grew up on a sheep and cattle property in the Western District of Victoria. Prior to commencing her university studies, Carolyn worked with State Government assisting the local farming community with disease management of livestock. Carolyn has completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of New England, and a PhD at the Australian National University in the field of marine science. While doing her PhD, Carolyn worked extensively with the South African fishing industry.


From 2003 to 2008, Carolyn work as a scientist at the Bureau of Rural Sciences, in the Fisheries and Marine Sciences Program. In this position, Carolyn also worked on the BRS Fisheries Status Reports and is a recipient of the Alison Furbank Award for Communications Excellence in 2007 for work with the fishing industry. Over 12 months Carolyn was on secondment with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority working on Marine Bioregional Planning before joining the FRDC in May 2009. Outside of work Carolyn enjoys teaching Marine Biology and camping with her family.

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Wayne Hutchinson
Research Portfolio Manager

Wayne started with the FRDC in February 2016. He has an extensive background in aquaculture and holds a Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture (Research) from the University of Tasmania. His research career primarily addressed hatchery-related issues ranging from egg supply through to fingerling production of a range of local marine finfish species including Tasmanian Striped Trumpeter, Snapper, King George Whiting, Yellowtail Kingfish, Mulloway and Southern Bluefin Tuna.


In his current Research Portfolio Manager position, he oversees the Aquatic Animal Health and Biosecurity Subprogram and aquaculture sector Industry Partnership Agreements with Oysters Australia, the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, the Pearling Consortium, the Australian Abalone Growers Association and the Australian Barramundi Farmers Association. 

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Dr Chris Izzo
Senior Research Portfolio Manager

Chris is part of the FRDC Adelaide Office as a full time Senior Research Portfolio Manager. Chris has a diverse research background in fisheries and fish biology, obtaining his doctorate at the University of Adelaide, having worked on various commercial species ranging from cockles to sharks.

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Alison Connelly
Delivery Support Officer

Alison Connelly previously worked at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) for seven years and her background is in Office and Event Management.

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Sally Roberts
Capacity Capability & Culture Change Manager
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Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing
General Manager
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Dennis Payne
ICT Manager
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Cheryl Cole
General Manager Finance and Business

Cheryl joined the FRDC in April 2004 as Office Administrator, and is now the General Manager Finance and Business.  She comes from an extensive background in Finance Management, Human Resources, Governance and Compliance. Her role is to lead the Finance and Business team to deliver the corporate services for FRDC including Company Secretary functions.

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Priti Narayan
Finance Manager

Priti joined FRDC as the Finance Manager in Feb 2021. Priti is a Chartered Accountant with over 17 years experience, providing business advisory and tax compliance to a wide range of clients across many industries. Her experience includes working within private sector and Federal Government Departments.  Her personal goal is to ensure that all of her stakeholders feel valued, knowing they are receiving the best possible attention

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Leah Fergusson
R&D Business Support Officer

Leah previously worked at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) for five years and her background is in Training and Office Management. 

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Phillipa Nott
Executive Support Officer

Phillipa comes to the FRDC with 17 years of experience in accounts and payroll. She was previously with Australian Pork Ltd. She has also run her own bookkeeping business and holds a Diploma of Education.

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Kate Harvey
General Manager
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Jamie Allnutt
Extension and Adoption

Jamie has a diverse background in agricultural extension, community engagement, planning and evaluation. He has previously worked as a coastal and marine facilitator and more recently has completed a national evaluation of extension. Jamie is passionate about the outdoors and especially sailing and surfing. 

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Ilaria Catizone
Communication Officer

Ilaria joined the FRDC in April 2012 as Science Writer. Ilaria previously work at the CSIRO where she gained substantial experience in communicating science to the general public. She has a background in plant molecular biology and worked as a researcher when she first arrived in Australia in 2001.


Originally from Italy, Ilaria holds a degree in Agricultural Science with Honours from Bologna University and a Master of Science Communication from the Australian National University.