The Executive Team

Matt Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Carey-Ann Harper

Executive Officer

Katherine Chow

Finance & Administration Officer

Natalia Perez Haedo

Marketing & Communications Officer

Nicola Hutchinson

Program Officer

David Pietersen

Industry Digital Strategy Program Manager

Daniel Fels


Chris King

Data Analyst

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Matt Taylor


Matt Taylor has a strong background in the fishing industry, including years as a commercial fisherman across numerous sectors. He completed a degree with first-class Honours in aquaculture and seafood science before working for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) which included establishing and coordinating the national research flagship for water in WA.

As Chief Executive Officer, Matt has a primary responsibility for the delivery of WRL’s strategic goals and objectives. He provides high level strategic and tactical advice on industry-related issues and coordinates the implementation of the Board’s decisions.

Carey-Ann Harper


As Executive Officer, Carey-Ann works closely with the WRL board in the development, implementation and maintenance of WRL’s governance and related risk management framework, policies and processes to ensure they are consistent with legislation. Carey-Ann also oversees legislative review, particularly focusing on the Aquatic Resources Management Act 2016 (WA) (ARMA) and engages with members and government regarding the industry’s proposed adoption of the legislation.

Prior to joining WRL in 2021, Carey-Ann practiced as a lawyer in the areas of commercial law, litigation and wills & estates and was a local government Councillor for the City of Gosnells from 2017-2021.

Katherine Chow


Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business and Management Studies from the University of Bradford and she is an Affiliate Member of Governance Institute of Australia.

As Finance & Administration Officer, Katherine provides financial and administrative support for the overall strategic and operational objectives. This includes overarching general operations, oversight of governance arrangements and financial processes of reconciliation and compliance.

Natalia Perez Haedo


Natalia has a strong background and valuable experience in events management, marketing, and communications with a degree with Honours in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Universidad del Salvador and a graduate diploma in marketing at Universidad Católica Argentina.

As Marketing & Communications Officer, Natalia drives progress in the development and implementation of our communications strategy, including all internal and external communications, media relations, and community engagement.

Nicola Hutchinson


With experience in tertiary education, banking and professional services, Nicola is skilled in managing technology and organisational change projects and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bond University with professional qualifications in project and change management.

As Program Officer, Nicola oversees the portfolio of projects and programs within the WRL-FRDC Industry Partnership Agreement, and the fishery’s Marine Stewardship Council Certificate.

David Pietersen


David has over twenty-five years of experience in senior IT management across the public and private sectors including the State of Western Australia, Shell, Accenture, BHP, and NBN Co.  David has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Commerce and is PRINCE2, TOGAF and ITIL certified.

As IT Program Manager David is tasked with engaging stakeholders to plan and deliver the Industry Digital Strategy.

Daniel Fels


Daniel has a background in agriculture and aquaculture economics, with degrees in Science and in Economics from University of Western Australia and a Master of Arts from Murdoch University.

In his role with WRL, Daniel drives delivery of the Understanding the Markets programme, supports the TACC Committee and conducts other economic research, analysis and reporting needs of WRL.

Chris King



Chris has a background in business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing across numerous organisations and sectors including Western Power, WesTrac, Chevron, Monadelphous Engineering & St John WA. Chris holds a degree in Science (Software Engineering) from Edith Cowan University and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University.

As Data Analyst, Chris provides data management, analysis and reporting support for a variety WRL activities including the Understanding the Markets and Industry Digital Strategy programmes.