Senior Management


Deputy CEO

  • More than 20 years’ commercial management and senior accounting experience and joined Huon in 2008
  • Philip guides and implements Huon’s strategy. He works closely with Huon’s CEO with a key focus on growth of the business. Currently, he is overseeing the implementation of Huon’s Controlled Growth Strategy (see Section 3.6 for further detail)
  • During his time at Huon, the Company has more than doubled its production from approximately 8,000t to the current level of 22,968,000t in FY2018
  • He also oversaw the Company’s expansion into Macquarie Harbour and the Southern Ocean Trout acquisition
Former roles
  • Philip's former roles include Commercial Management positions with publicly listed companies including Orica Limited as well as a range of Financial Management roles with companies both in Australia and internationally
  • Philip holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Practising Accountant


General Manager Fish Performance

  • 30 years’ experience in fish farming operations and joined Huon in 1990 as a farm manager
  • Other than short periods during that time, Steve has worked with Huon on an ongoing basis
  • Steve rejoined Huon in a full-time role in 2007
  • Steve manages all aspects of fish health across the company
  • He has been responsible for preparing a veterinary health plan for Huon which assisted in the Company being recognised as Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year in 2013
  • Steve is well known in the Tasmanian and global aquaculture industry for his in-depth knowledge of fish health and husbandry
  • Steve is a current member of the Global Gill Health Initiative which combines global research and experience
Former roles
  • Steve has been involved in numerous high level industry and government roles incorporating aquatic, animal health, biosecurity and industry focused R&D
  • Steve holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Diploma of Education, both from the University of Queensland


General Manager Fresh Water Operations

  • 36 years’ experience in fish farming operations and joined Huon in 2000
  • David manages Huon’s hatcheries, taking salmon and trout from brood stock to egg through incubation, fingerling, parr to smolt production. In addition, his role extends to determining the most appropriate lifecycle management strategies with the aim of supplying the market all year round with the right size and quality of fish from egg to harvest
  • David began at Huon as Marine Operations Manager, moving to Fish Performance Manager and then to the current role of General Manager Freshwater Operations. This has given him a good understanding of the of what is required in all facets of the production cycle. He has been an integral component in increasing Huon’s production increases since 2001 through improved fish performance.
  • He is an active member of both the Selective Breeding Program and TSGA Technical Committee
Former roles
  • His former roles include work on various English trout farms, Technical Manager for McConnell Salmon and then Technical Manager for Marine Harvest Scotland. The latter role co-ordinated their fish farming research activities with the aim of technology transfer from research to producing production improvements. He is also a former Director of the British Marine Finfish Association (1993) and Chairman of that Association from 1997 to 2000
  • David has a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology and a Masters of Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. He was awarded Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Glasgow University


General Manger Marine Operations

  • Over 20 years’ experience in aquaculture research, fish farming and project management and joined Huon in 2005.
  • David manages all of Huon’s Marine Operations including the move to off-shore farming.
  • In previous roles within Huon, he has been responsible for many of the projects that are currently transforming Huon’s operations including: developing Fortress Pens and driving initial stages of the AquaHub development in Strahan and the Forest Home hatchery development.
  • David has also been involved in developing Huon’s harvest operations and managing freight and logistics for domestic and export product.
Former roles
  • His former roles include being a research scientist at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania
  • David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Curtin University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies with Honours (1st Class) from the University of Tasmania, a PhD. from the School of Aquaculture, University of Tasmania and a Post-doctoral Fellow from the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute


CFO and Company Secretary

  • 20 years’ experience within audit, statutory accounting and commerce and joined Huon in 2006
  • Tom manages Huon’s financial strategy, control and compliance and communicating financial results to the management team. His role also includes treasury, compliance, statutory, tax and audit and company secretarial duties
  • He has been responsible for delivering new Rabobank funding facilities in 2012 and 2014 with a new club facility and managed the implementation of various management controls, business and finance systems
Former roles
  • His former roles include a range of financial and commercial positions in the fast moving consumer goods sector such as Chiquita Brands and Southcorp as well as five years at Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant and three years as a SAP Business Analyst
  • Tom holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Chartered Accountant


General Manager Commercial and Planning

  • 22 years’ experience in commercial business development and joined Huon in 2007
  • Charles manages Huon’s long-term financial forecasting and business planning, working closely with the Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as providing commercial support to the Operational General Managers through the preparation of budgets, fish performance and facilities forecasting
  • Charles has been responsible for providing new perspectives and financial rigour to Huon’s modelling plans and strategies
  • He is a Certified Practising Account and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia
Former roles
  • His former roles include commercial business transaction, development and planning experience within large corporates such as Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, James Hardie Industries Limited and Wesfarmers Limited
  • Charles holds a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the University of New England


General Manager People, Safety and Culture

  • Over eighteen years’ executive level management experience obtained across multiple sectors including Agriculture, FMCG, Utilities and Corporate Retail. Tony joined Huon in October 2016.
  • Tony has responsibility for leading the Team accountable for delivering Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Organisational Development, Work Health & Safety, Payroll and Risk Management strategy and services for the whole of business.
Former roles
  • His former roles include executive positions with Houston’s Farm, Southern Water, University of Tasmania and Woolworths.
  • Tony holds a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate (Organisational Development), Graduate Diploma (Human Resource Development) from the University of Tasmania and is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Callan Paske

General Manager Sales and Marketing

  • 12+ years working in the field of marketing and communications.
  • Callan provides strategic leadership, direction and influence to the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives, strategies, policies and programs as they relate to sales, marketing and customer service for Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd.
Former Roles
  • Callan has been at Huon since 2012, working in Brand Management and Retail Sales before stepping into the General Manager - Sales and Marketing Role in early 2019.
  • Prior to his time at Huon Callan spent three years at Tasmanian public relations firm Font PR where he specialised in communications, strategy development and implementation. Before this he worked as a freelance journalist (News Ltd) and abroad in public relations and marketing, coordinating major media for a sports and entertainment business in London, working in collaboration with media outlets including the BBC, SkyTV, Setanta and ITV.
  • Callan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Entrepreneurship from the University of Tasmania.