Australian Fisheries Management Authority appoints acting CEO

Published on
November 26, 2018

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has appointed Anna Willock to the role of Acting CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, commencing 24 November 2018. 

The move follows the departure of Dr. James Findlay, who has taken up the role of Director at Parks Australia.

Willock has more than 20 years’ experience in marine fisheries management in Australia, through the Pacific region and internationally. She first worked for the agency in its infancy in 1992, mainly in the then South East Trawl Fishery, but left to take up the fisheries management advisor position with the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in the Solomon Islands. 

Moving back to Australia, she was the marine fisheries advisor at NGO Traffic International before a second stint at the fisheries management authority in a senior position. She then joined the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where she led Australia’s international fisheries engagement through various regional fisheries management organisations.

More recently, Willock has been working at the senior executive level in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in various policy and program roles, including drought assistance, concessional loans programs for farm businesses, reviewing legislation underpinning agricultural levies, and examining policy settings impacting the Australian dairy industry.

She will continue in the fisheries management authority role until the appointment of a new permanent CEO.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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