At a meeting in Melbourne on Thursday 30th March, the seven people selected to become the inaugural directors of Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) chose Veronica Papacosta as the Chair elect for the new peak body.
‘I am honoured to be selected as the first Chair for SIA and very excited with the high level of support received from all industry sectors across Australia to form SIA. Seafood businesses want SIA to be an influential national body that will create real value, Veronica said.
I would also like to congratulate my colleague Chauncey Hammond, who was elected Deputy Chair and also Belinda Wilson who will become the Company Secretary.
At our meeting on Thursday, we discussed the many tasks to be completed over the next few weeks to form SIA as a legal entity and make the new organisation operational. We expect SIA to be legally active within 3 weeks.
There is much work to be done, but with a talented and experienced group of people who will become the inaugural board, we are in a great position to form SIA as the influential organisation envisaged in the prospectus last year’ she said.
Veronica is the Managing Director of Sydney Fresh Seafood group and emerged as a central figure over the past year in the National Seafood Industry Australia (NSIA) project to create a new national body for the Australian seafood industry.
She was a member of the leadership Task Force that developed the SIA structure and funding model. Veronica was then appointed as Chair of the Implementation Group and engaged with seafood businesses across the wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors to gather a critical mass of ‘letters of intent’ as commitments to join SIA as financial members.