Australian Trout FoundationOUR BOARD
Terry was born in Bright and lived 70m from the Ovens River, where his trout fisher grandpa owned 70 m of Ovens river frontage right in the town. He was destined to become a trout fisher and as soon as he could walk, tagged along behind his grandpa learning the fine art of trout fishing.
His early school years were spent at the Bright and Harrietville State Schools before being banished to boarding school at Kilmore. All spare time and school holidays were spent hunting and fishing because rabbits and trout formed a big part of the weekly family diet.
Terry worked in the financial industry for many years which included managing director of the company. He became a member of the ATF Committee in 2013 and President in 2015. Terry’s passion for the health of our high-country streams and our valuable wild trout fishery was a powerful motivating factor.
Terry’s theme is “teamwork makes the dreamwork”. The ATF works closely with recreational trout fishers, members, clubs, supporters, the VFA, DELWP, CMA’s, Landcare and other stakeholders. The main aim of all parties is to enhance the health of our precious and valuable trout fishery, and to restore the health of our waterways.
Paul is a post-doctoral research consultant with Swinburne University. Previously he worked in the education and not-for-profit sectors for twenty years, specializing in bush-based therapeutic practice for at-risk young people. Paul has fished for most of his life, beginning with saltwater fishing in Queensland estuaries and off the beach with homemade bamboo rods and bakelite Alvey side-cast reels. He has been a fly-fisher for the past 18 years. Paul has been a passionate conservationist for most of his life and is keen to see the restoration of streams and rivers for better water quality and fish habitat.
Following a 40+ year career in the timber industry, starting from painting hot grease on the ends of logs, moving on to sawyer, forklift and delivery truck driver, yard manager, through to an executive sales and marketing position, before retiring in 2023.
He has been a keen angler since he was 6 years old and for around the past 25 years, has been a fly-fishing addict.
He has fished in most states in Australia and also in New Zealand.
Tom is a financial member of the Yarra Valley Fly Fishers, Victorian Fly Fishers Association, Native Fish Australia and the Australian Trout Foundation (ATF).
Tom has spent the last 13 years as an executive committee member of the ATF, the first 6 as secretary and the past 7 years as treasurer. He is passionate about having a healthy recreational inland fishery which he firmly believes starts with having healthy waterways.