Australia’s Oyster Coast is an Australian company with its heart and soul in the oyster industry. We were formed in 2013 by leading oyster growers from eight estuaries south of Sydney, and now boast over 40 growers as shareholders and a strong management team of business professionals. We grow high quality oysters under rigorous environmental management systems in some of the world’s cleanest waters.

Current Management

Mark Allsopp – Chief Executive Officer

Mark Allsopp was appointed as the company CEO in May 2016. He brings together company management and brand development. His background is of both science and business. With a first class honours degree in science, a degree in aquaculture and a masters degree in agribusiness, Mark has worked his whole professional life in the seafood industry – in Western Australia, New Zealand and South Australia. He has worked at general manager level and in start-up roles with Cloudy Bay Seafood, M&J Seafoods and Westralian Seafood Distributors, and, most recently as industry development manager with Australia’s Seafood Frontier, the regional tourism and development organisation in Port Lincoln. Mark’s knowledge of export markets for seafood is strong, and he maintains an extensive contact network across this sector, as well as an ever growing network of contacts in the food and restaurant industry.

Craig Smith – Australian Operations Manager

Craig Smith was appointed as Australian Operations Manager in March 2016. His core responsibility is to target selective domestic opportunities. Craig brings a wealth of experience in senior management and wholesale and retail sales to the role. Craig is the former General Manager of Sales Australia & New Zealand for Electus Distribution (Jaycar Wholesale division). Prior to that Craig was Jaycar Electronics Dealer Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand growing the owner/operated Jaycar Stockists business from 30 stores nationally to almost 200 stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. He is well acquainted with the South Coast and it’s farmers, having lived locally and raising his family in the region.

Current Board

David Trebeck – Chair

David Trebeck has been a non-executive director of ASX-listed companies since 1997 (six in all) including GrainCorp Ltd, a company in the ASX100. Other entities with which he has been associated include the local subsidiary of the world’s largest shipping company, AP Møller-Maersk (Director), the National Water Commission (Commissioner) the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation (Board Member) and as chair or committee member of Commonwealth Government inquiries into Long Term Policy for the Agriculture and Food Sector, Fuel Taxation, Biosecurity and three Commonwealth Fisheries.

He is currently a member of the national board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and the ACT Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (of which he is a Fellow).

He worked as a professional economic adviser for over 40 years, between 1983 and 2004 with his own economic, policy and strategy consultancy, ACIL Consulting, and between 1972 and 1983 with the National Farmers Federation and its predecessors. In 1996 he undertook a strategic assessment of the NSW oyster industry. He has an honours degree in agricultural science, a masters degree in economics, is a Churchill Fellow and has dryland mixed farming interests in southern NSW.

John Susman

With over 28 years of experience across the food industry, John Susman is best known for his intimate knowledge of all things seafood. Having experience that includes owning and operating seafood catching, processing, distribution, retail and restaurant businesses throughout Australia, marketing Australian seafood product across the globe and consulting to the Seafood Industry and Government agencies around the world, John’s experience is unique in the seafood business.

His philosophy of working from the plate to the water highlights his focus on the eating and enjoyment of seafood as the first priority. John operates specialist seafood consultancy, FISHTALES, is the Head Judge of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, Aquaculture Competition and is a restaurant critic for both Fairfax and Murdoch publications. John is also a director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

With a global network of mates who are best in class fishermen, fishmongers, chefs, retailers and restaurateurs; and a manic love for every aspect of food, John is equally passionate in sharing his knowledge of fresh seafood and food trends, with anyone who’ll listen. John is a Fairfax Hall of Fame Inductee, was Delicious magazine “Providor of the year 2013” and the Delicious Magazine “Maggie Beer Award winner for Commitment to the Food Industry 2015”

David Maidment

David Maidment has been farming oysters in Wagonga Inlet on the south coast of NSW since 1979. He has a post graduate diploma of Aquaculture, is a Churchill Fellow and has been heavily involved in the oyster industry at both strategic and operational levels.

More recently David has developed a small on-farm hatchery and has been instrumental in reintroducing flat oysters (Ostrea angasi) to NSW.

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis worked in the business services division of Touche Ross & Co on a portfolio of small to medium sized businesses, before establishing Anthony Curtis & Co, a Canberra-based Chartered Accounting firm in 1992. The firm now employs around 20 staff and looks after the financial affairs of 2,700 individuals and businesses all over Australia. It has built a significant presence managing the accounting function for organisations working in remote Aboriginal communities through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2011 and serves on a number of boards including Sharing Places, Pegasus – Riding for the Disabled, Oncology Massage Ltd, The Gordon Ross Foundation and AFL Masters – ACT.

Warwick Anderson

Following a career in stage design for opera and theatre, Warwick operated a cafe with partner Lee for ten years while establishing a broader design business involving project management of both commercial and domestic design and construction. Four years ago they bought an oyster farm at Wapengo which brought Warwick full circle back to his original training and passion in marine biology.

Pippa Boyton

Pippa Boyton co-runs her family’s 2nd generation 40 hectare oyster farm on Merimbula Lake. With 12 years oyster industry experience, Pippa has diverse qualifications in business management, aquaculture and commercial cookery. She is a strong advocate for the farmer and the industry, promoting oysters throughout domestic and international markets.