IMAS Board

Role of the Board

The role of the IMAS Board is to:

Professor Mary O'Kane (IMAS Board Chair)

Professor Mary O'Kane is Executive Chair of Mary O'Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based company specialising in major government and research reviews.

Professor O’Kane is also the New South Wales Chief Scientist & Engineer and a company director being Chair of the Development Gateway and the Development Gateway International, Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, and a director of PSMA Ltd, Business Events Sydney, National ICT Australia Ltd, and the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre. She is also a trustee of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute and a member of the DSTO Advisory Board.

Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She was formerly Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy and is a former member of the Australian Research Council, the Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) Committee, the Tax Concession Committee, the board of the CSIRO, and the board of F.H. Faulding & Co Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

In 2016, Professor O’Kane was recognised as one of Australia’s leading scientific experts and consultants when she was made a companion of the Order of Australia for her eminent service to the field.

Professor Chris Carter

Professor Chris Carter is Interim Executive Director, IMAS. His ongoing role is as Centre Head of the IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre.

Professor Carter has a career long interest around fisheries, particularly aquaculture. At the University of Tasmania he was Professor of Aquaculture and Head of the School of Aquaculture before becoming Professor of Aquaculture Nutrition. He also leads the Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF) for large-salmon research and is a senior member of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs on rock lobster aquaculture. He was the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute Aquaculture Program leader for 10 years and the Education Program leader for two Cooperative Research Centres, the Aquafin CRC and the Australian Seafood CRC.

His research focuses on nutritional physiology with the aims of understanding how aquatic animals use and waste nutrients including amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals. This encompasses understanding climate change effects, growth under sub-optimum conditions and developing new ingredients and aquafeeds. He is very interested in global aquaculture systems including polyculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS).

Professor Carter is an alumnus of the University of London where he completed a BSc (Hons) in zoology at University College and a PhD in fish nutrition at Kings College. He has also studied marine biology at UCNW (now Bangor University) and has a PGCE from Bristol University. Prior to arriving at the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in aquaculture nutrition, he was a Research Fellow at Aberdeen University.

Dr John Whittington

Dr John Whittington is Secretary of that Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

Dr Whittington has a strong science background with a PhD in plant biology from the University of Adelaide. He worked for CSIRO and in various universities around the world before joining the Tasmanian public service 13 years ago.

Since then Dr Whittington has worked in water resources and resource management generally.  He has high level skills in managing multi-disciplinary teams, managing financial resources and delivering diverse business requirements and for five years prior to the DPIPWE appointment, led the government's expansion of aquaculture and irrigation in the state.

Professor Brigid Heywood

Professor Brigid Heywood holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Heywood served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Research, Academic and Enterprise from 2011-2015 at Massey University in New Zealand. During her time there, she led the development and implementation of the strategies, policies and standards that underpin that university's research and teaching effort. Prior to her post in New Zealand, Professor Heywood held the office of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at England's Open University, the largest in the United Kingdom.

Professor Heywood completed her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences at Manchester University and received her PhD from Liverpool University, where she specialised in studies of biomineralisation. Her research career focused upon the translation of the knowledge acquired from the study of crystal growth to such divergent fields as clinical medicine, materials science, particle engineering and earth systems research.

She was appointed to a personal chair in chemistry at the age of 33 at Keele University in Staffordshire, where she subsequently held positions including Director of the Office of Research and Enterprise, Head of the School of Chemistry and Physics and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Professor Brian Yates

Professor Brian Yates was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology in July 2015.

Professor Yates is a researcher with an international reputation for computational chemistry, and a highly commended teacher.

He was an Executive Director (Engineering, Mathematical and Information Sciences) at the Australian Research Council from 2013 to 2015. In this role, Professor Yates helped to develop new initiatives within the ARC to support research excellence in Australia, as well as overseeing grant awarding processes and a major information technology development project.

A University of Tasmania alumnus, Professor Yates was Head of Chemistry from 2006-2010 and also had a University-wide role as Deputy Chair of Academic Senate (2011-2012). In 2006 he was honoured with the Carrick National Teaching Award for the Physical Sciences and in 2010 he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Individual Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

He led the School of Chemistry through a challenging period and he has returned with a vision for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology which will see it building on its own strengths in research and teaching. Just as importantly, he understands the vital connectedness between the University and the state of Tasmania.

Mr Martin Exel

Mr Martin Exel is the General Manager Environment and Policy with Austral Fisheries one of Australia’s largest seafood industry companies which specializes in wild catch fisheries. He is also the President of the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO), and has been an official observer at CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) for the past 15 years.

Mr Exel also holds a number of representative positions in the fishing industry, including Chair of the Commonwealth Fisheries Association and member of several Management Advisory Committees and Research Advisory Groups. His work in fisheries over the past 30 years has encompassed commercial fishing in New Zealand and Australia, and employment in various Commonwealth-based management roles, including General Manager Fisheries for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) from 1991 to 1996.

Mr Exel holds a BSc (Zoology) from New Zealand and a postgraduate Diploma in Fisheries Technology from the Australian Maritime College.

Neil Stump

Mr Neil Stump

Mr Neil Stump served as Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council from 2006-2015. Prior to taking on that role, Mr Stump was a commercial fisher operating principally in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery for 20 years. He is currently Acting Executive Officer for Oysters Tasmania and is a director of Marine and Safety Tasmania.

Mr Stump has formal qualifications from the Australian Maritime College Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) and the University of Tasmania Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Master of Environmental Studies.

Mark Bowles

Mr Mark Bowles

Mr Mark Bowles is General Manager Business and Trade Tasmania with the Department of State Growth. Among his responsibilities are oversight of the Antarctic Tasmania, Science and Technology, and International Engagement units.  Antarctic Tasmania is the Tasmanian Government’s principal point of engagement and policy advice on the development of Tasmania as the gateway to Antarctica and the South Ocean. It also provides secretariat services to the Tasmanian Polar Network, a unique cluster of businesses, government agencies and scientific institutions.

Mr Bowles specialises in business economics and previously held senior positions with Skills Tasmania, Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KPMG and IBISWorld. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and Master of Commerce (Deakin), and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors. He is a current board member of Brand Tasmania Council and TasTAFE Drysdale.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
August 30, 2018