The Council

Victorian Marine and Coastal Council members

Council members (from left to right): Dr Anna Grage, Jennifer Fraser, Dr Anthony Boxshall (Chair), Dr Ian Knuckey (Deputy Chair), Jacquie White, Prof Alistar Robertson, Dr John Sherwood


Dr Anthony Boxshall - ChairDr Anthony Boxshall is a marine ecologist who has worked in Australia and the USA across Government, academia and private industry. He is the Founder and Principal of Science into Action Pty Ltd, a science impact company turning great science into greater actions. A former National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA – the largest learned society for professional marine scientists in Australia), he has worked at UC Santa Cruz USA, Deakin University, and has been on several innovation Boards.

A Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne, he was until late 2017 the Director, Applied Sciences at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria. He is a problem solver and strategist. As a hobby, he communicates the wonders of the marine environment to a broad audience through the award-winning “Radio Marinara” on 3RRR-FM in Melbourne for over 20 years. He is a dad to 4 children who continually amaze, inspire, frustrate and leave him in awe of the potential of the future and hence more determined to leave a positive coastal and marine legacy.

Dr Ian Knuckey - Deputy ChairDr Knuckey is the Director of Fishwell Consulting, which provides expert research advice and consulting services to encourage and promote sustainable fishing practices in the Australia’s commercial fishing industry. He has a PhD in fisheries population dynamics, a BSc (Hons) in Marine Ecology and over twenty years of experience in fisheries research and management.

Dr Knuckey has worked with many fisheries around Australia on numerous research and development projects about bycatch reduction, independent fishery surveys and monitoring programs. Many of these were based on strong partnerships with fishery industries. He is the Principal Investigator for several current research projects. He has expertise in a variety of areas, including temperate and tropical fisheries, invertebrate fisheries and both inshore and deep-water scale-fish and shark fisheries.

Jennifer FraserJennifer Fraser has over 20 years policy, legislative and management experience across the Victorian public sector. In addition to a range of senior water and natural resource management roles within the (then) Department of Sustainability and Environment, she has worked in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Education.

Jennifer has also consulted to different levels of government. Jennifer has qualifications in Geography and Law and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Currently she is focussed on governance and advisory roles including the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (Member), Medley Hall Council at the University of Melbourne (Member, then Chair), Planning Panels Victoria (sessional member). In the past she was on the board of Westside Community Circus.

Jacquie WhiteJacquie White has over 15 years’ experience working in the environment sector with specific roles in: natural resource and catchment management, sustainable water management, stormwater management, community and stakeholder engagement and education, organisational change and capacity building, and social research and evaluation. She is currently the Executive Officer of the Association of Bayside Municipalities, an unincorporated association of the councils around Port Phillip Bay.

Jacquie's previous professional roles include: general manager of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, managing several teams with Melbourne Water, director in the Office of Living Victoria, and manager of organisational transformation with the Country Fire Authority. She is also the owner and manager of a consultancy - Event Management and Stakeholder Engagement Services.

Anna GrageAnna has a background in marine environmental law and planning, and statutory (urban/ environmental) planning. She has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Planning and Design (Hons), and a PhD (University of Wollongong) that focuses on Australian legal frameworks for marine environmental impact assessment (…broadly speaking…). In the past, Anna has worked as a lecturer at the Australian Maritime College/ University of Tasmania, teaching in the areas of international ocean governance, environmental advocacy, and marine environmental and fisheries law and policy.

Anna has also worked in Victoria and Western Australia as a statutory planner for local government, and as a solicitor in the areas of planning and environmental law; with her most recent local government role being with Mornington Peninsula Shire. Anna is currently on the Deakin University Environmental Science Advisory Board, Principal Consultant of Earth-Sea Planning, and a volunteer for the Sea Search (Parks Victoria) programme/ Friends of Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, and the Peninsula Community Legal Centre.

Dr John SherwoodDr Sherwood holds qualifications in science, education and environmental studies, with extensive experience as a research scientist in freshwater, marine and estuarine systems and environmental management. He is Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University in Warrnambool. John is also a Board Member of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and chairs the Authority’s Coast and Marine Working Group, an informal advisory and networking group for agencies and local government.

Dr Sherwood has chaired the former Fisheries Co-management Council, served as National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association and has been a member of the Western Coastal Board and the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council. John was recognised as Warrnambool City Council’s 2017 Citizen of the Year and holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Victorian Coastal Council.

Emeritus Professor Alistar RobertsonProfessor Alistar has had extensive field research experience as a marine and freshwater ecologist in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, Canada, USA, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. He has worked in universities and research agencies in Australia, Canada and the USA. At the Australian Institute of Marine Science he was Senior Principal Research Scientist and leader of the Coastal Processes and Resources Program. At the University of Western Australia he was Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and then Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) before retiring in 2013.

Awards have recognised his committed to multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research on marine and coastal research and the translation of that research into action. He has been a member of state, national international committees providing advice on the management of marine, coastal and catchment habitats. He currently also serves on the Board of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

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