Our Team

Our Directors

Craig Copeland

Craig is the CEO and founder of OzFish Unlimited. He has been leading the protection and restoring fish habitat throughout Australia for 30 years. He has led ground-breaking work in fish passage restoration, wetland rehabilitation, river resnagging as well as floodgate and acid sulphate soil management. He has been responsible for the advancement of recreational fishers undertaking river ...

Matt Hansen – Director

Matt started fishing as soon as he could walk! He’s a passionate angler and is the founder and President of the Lake Burrendong Classic catch and release fishing competition. His ability to spread the message that habitat makes fish happen through social media, published articles and fundraising has been phenomenal. His many achievements include major re-snagging works and riparian ...

Bonita ‘Snagger’ Brown – Director

Award-winning broadcaster for ABC Local Radio, ‘Snagger Brown’ hosted local, state and national programs for over a decade and was recognised as a highly motivated presenter and multi-platform content maker. But it was her passion for fishing and creation of the ABC’s The Big Fish program that engaged a national following, and cited as some of the most memorable radio ever heard from her audience.

Paul Nagy – Director

Paul has loved fishing and the Australian outdoors ever since he could walk, and is now passing that passion on to his three daughters. In business, he is currently the Chief Creative Officer at Y&R Australia who has won every major international creative award including multiple gold lions at Cannes. He has worked on many major brands including Tourism Australia, Virgin Australia, ...

Michelle Wenner – Director

Michelle has over 10 years combined experience working across government, the private sector and academia in natural resource management with a focus on integrated fisheries management and research, stakeholder engagement and policy development. Michelle is the Senior Program and Partnership Manager with VRFish.

Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper – Director

Dr Mallen-Cooper is an internationally recognised expert in fish ecology and fish passage with over 35 years’ experience in researching and delivering improved outcomes for fish. His research on the ecology of fish migration, fish behaviour and swimming ability led to the first successful fishways for native fish in Australia.  Martin has worked with state and federal government agencies, ...

David Coogan – Director

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in the superannuation and funds management industry providing assurance and advisory services to a number of corporate, public sector and industry funds . He was awarded the PwC Edwin Flack Partner of the year award in 2014 for his client ...

Paul Tully – Director

As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McInnes Lawyers and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, Paul has a strong interest in litigation, dispute resolution and a commitment to uphold professional standards. This means Paul wears many hats. He’s a long standing member of the Council of the QLD Law Society, founding director of the Brain Injury Association and an ...

Matt Barwick – Director

Director of Greenfish Consulting, Matt has over fifteen years’ experience in delivering projects to improve fishing opportunities in Australia and overseas. He’s a mad recreational fisher and within his role as the National Coordinator of the National Carp Control Plan, Matt gives the Australian recreational fishing community direct benefits through various research and development ...

John Burgess – Director

Since 2012, John has held the role as Director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation. He serves on various fishery management and scientific committees as a vocal advocate to address issues which impact recreational fishers. He is also a life member of ANSA and has been executive officer on the ANSA national board for over 10 years.  

Our Staff

Cassie Price – Director of Habitat Programs

Cassie is driven by a passion for sustainable resources, a love of fishing and her farming background. Her career spans more than 15 years in aquatic habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture projects, predominantly in NSW and Queensland. Cass has a keen understanding of community-driven conservation from her experience working with WetlandCare Australia as a Program Manager and more ...

Renee Ferenc – Director of Engagement and Culture

Renee has an extensive 20-year background in corporate communications and management working across major brands in NFP, education, employment and tourism sectors. She is passionate about storytelling, digital transformation and improving customer and member experiences. She thrives on the big picture as a personal passion for working on innovative brands which have included Wonderland ...

Kate Bradshaw – Project Officer

Kate studied Environmental Science (Hons) at Southern Cross University and has worked as a research assistant and tutor, with a focus on aquatic toxicology and contaminated land management. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has experience working with government and non-government organisations, and industry. Originally from Yamba and now based in Ballina, Kate ...

Janet Gray – Accounts and Administration Manager

Janet has worked both nationally and internationally in various administrative and financial roles. She has experience in local government, Non-For-Profits and private enterprise. Growing up in the Northern Rivers of NSW fostered a love of the outdoors and sport. Janet still plays representative hockey for Australia at Masters level, which has been a lifelong passion.

Dr Michael Sierp – SA Senior Program Manager

Michael is an expert in aquatic ecology, water chemistry, aquatic epidemiology and pest species. He is currently the Managing Director of the private consulting company Aquatic Biosecurity Pty Ltd and the S.A. State Manager for OzFish Unlimited. Michael was previously employed as Freshwater Aquaculture Scientist then Manager, Marine Biosecurity for the South Australian Government with a focus ...

Andrew Matthews – WA Senior Program Manager

Andrew is a passionate fisher with an in-depth understanding in the complexities of sustainable recreational fisheries management, whilst recognising the social and economic importance that recreational fishing provides to both urban and regional communities. Andrew has spent many years working in the area of biological sciences with a particular interest in ecosystem management, aquatic ...

Ben Cleveland – VIC Senior Project Manager

Ben has grown up fishing the waters of Port Phillip Bay and Victoria’s coast, completing a Marine Biology degree at Deakin University in Warrnambool with an honours degree in aquaculture nutrition. He has a passion for Port Phillip Bay and strengthening community’s connection to their local marine environments, spending many hours above and below the surface. He is currently writing up his ...

Dr Geoff Collins – North Queensland Project Manager

Based in Townsville, North Queensland, Geoff is a keen recreational fisher and is passionate about improving fish habitat in the tropics. Geoff is an adjunct Research Fellow with JCU and his primary research interests include coastal ecosystem restoration and environmental tolerance of tropical fish. Over the past decade, Geoff has worked on a variety of research projects across eastern and ...

Braeden Lampard – Manager, Murray Darling Basin

Braeden Lampard has over 7 years’ experience working in local stakeholder engagement, communications and fish ecology. In his early career, he spent a large amount of time working on large scale monitoring and delivering effective fishery management projects. Braeden is a dedicated and highly motivated professional who has had a strong interest in the environment industry since his childhood, ...

Dr Ben Diggles – Contractor

Dr Diggles has worked with many clients in government, aquaculture, recreational fisheries, and commercial fisheries throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands. His core business areas include import risk analysis, biosecurity, fish and shellfish health, fish welfare, and development of feeding attractants and medicated feed for aquacultured finfish. In his spare time Dr ...