Directors

Name of Director Tony De Domenico, Chairman

Independent Director, elected by members on 20 November 2018.

Qualifications and experience
  • 40-year career, with various roles across the government and higher education sectors and international diplomacy (former Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT and Industrial Relations, Economic Development, Employment and Tourism and Regulatory Reform Minister).
  • Chairman of Plastic Oceans Australasia
  • Director of Common Equity Housing, Prahran Markets, National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Name of Director Frank Gambera, Acting Treasurer

Independent Director appointed in January 2020 by the AVCZ board in accordance with clause 9.7 of the Company’s constitution (casual vacancy), with the appointment being in place until the next annual general meeting.

Qualifications and experience
  • Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law, Monash University
  • Director at McMahon Fearnley Lawyers Pty Ltd
  • Has been a litigation and commercial lawyer for over 35 years.
Name of Director Michelle Hansen, Deputy Chair

Industry Director, elected by members on 12 January 2016.

Qualifications and experience
  • 25 years of extensive sales and marketing experience working with the primary sector and with the exports of Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd.
  • Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Has held various managerial positions. Works closely with other abalone processors, abalone quota owners, and abalone divers in our Industry’s associations with (AAAI & VAPA) and SIV.
  • Member of several Abalone Industry bodies and Director of Seafood Industry Victoria
Name of Director Kazimieras Bartaska 

Industry Director, elected by members on 12 January 2016.

Qualifications and experience
  • Founder and Managing Director at Kansom Australia Pty Ltd 1985 – Present
  • Chairman at Fisheries Co-Management Council Victoria 1996 – 2001
  • International Sales Manager at SPC Ardmona 1977 – 1985
  • International Sales & Marketing Manager Ship Chartering Officer at BHP Billiton 1968 – 1976
  • Current Abalone Council Australia Board Member
Name of Director Warren Threlfall

Industry Director, elected by members on 29 November 2019.

Qualifications and experience
  • Has been in the abalone industry for 30 years as a diver and deckhand.
  • Previously involved with Abalone Resource Working Group.
Name of Director Allan Buck

Industry Director, elected by members on 12 January 2016.

Qualifications and experience
  • Has been a Quota and Licence Holder for almost 40 years.
  • Extensive experience as diver and deckhand