The people at Ornatas drive change and focus on the future.

Ornatas is led by a team driven by building a sustainable future for seafood. We are dedicated to doing this, whilst creating real opportunities in global communities, and taking care of our environment.

Collectively the skilled team offer a wealth of enthusiasm and experience in science and innovation, a deep knowledge and understanding of the ocean environment and aquaculture systems, as well as financial, strategic and creative thinking to drive the company forward.

  • Chief Executive Officer

Scott Parkinson

Scott is passionate about science and the sea. He has worked in aquaculture for over 30 years, across research and development, commercial operations and sales. Scott is dedicated to a sustainable future for aquaculture,  building the skills and expertise of the Ornatas team and engaging with communities to reach this goal.

Senior Management Team

Anna Overweter Hatchery Manager

Anna Overweter

Hatchery Manager

Anna is our hatchery manager, overseeing the commercialisation of lobster hatchery technology that has been developed at UTAS over the last few decades. Anna’s daily role at Ornatas involves an extensive range of planning and system design, which will soon focus on the site at Toomulla beach and the Tasmanian Hatchery.
Senior Management Team

Simon Davis

Site Manager Townsville

Simon is our site manager in Townsville. Simon has a vast and varied background and brings extensive experience in site and project management to the North Queensland site. He is responsible for managing and coordinating the construction and operation of the facility as it develops.
Senior Management Team

Nathan Cleasby

Technical Manager

Nathan co-ordinates the design, construction and operation of the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems and provides guidance and leadership to the Aquaculture team staff.

Technical Team

Brandon Panebianco Senior Hatchery Technician

Brandon Panebianco

Senior Hatchery Technician

Brandon is responsible for the construction of RAS systems and supporting infrastructure around the farm. He also plays an important role in assisting with managing the operation of RAS systems, animal husbandry and health management, water quality management and feeding.
Shanae Read Hatchery Technician

Shanae Read

Hatchery Technician

Shanae specialises in larval rearing, animal husbandry, health management, water quality management and feeding. She is responsible for managing stock of the complex products necessary in the rearing of the animals.
Technical Team

Bianca Davis

Office and Administration Manager

Bianca’s role is to keep the site office running smoothly and provide support for the staff and on-site visitors. Bianca supports the Site Manager, plans and coordinates administrative procedures and systems, and devises ways to streamline the Ornatas processes.
Technical Team

Brian Mealor

Site Caretaker

Brian is the site groundsman, his role is to keep the farm clean and maintained. He works with the team to assist with equipment maintenance and the operation of light machinery when needed for construction activities.
Technical Team

Nathan Cleasby

Technical Manager

Nathan co-ordinates the design, construction and operation of the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems and provides guidance and leadership to the Aquaculture team staff.
Technical Team

Simon Davis

Site Manager Townsville

Simon is our site manager in Townsville. Simon has a vast and varied background and brings extensive experience in site and project management to the North Queensland site. He is responsible for managing and coordinating the construction and operation of the facility as it develops.
Anna Overweter Hatchery Manager

Anna Overweter

Hatchery Manager

Anna is our hatchery manager, overseeing the commercialisation of lobster hatchery technology that has been developed at UTAS over the last few decades. Anna’s daily role at Ornatas involves an extensive range of planning and system design, which will soon focus on the site at Toomulla beach and the Tasmanian Hatchery.

Ornatas Board

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Executive Director

Martin Rees

Until 2015, Martin was a partner in KPMG Tasmania for 25 years specialising in corporate finance and commercialisation of new technologies. He was responsible for the establishment of In-tellinc, a Hobart based IT incubator/seed investor which over the past 15 years has invested in over 40 start-up companies generating a number of national and global successes.

Martin has been a founding Director of a number of these ventures and brings these skills to Ornatas. He is also a Director of Foundry Pty. Ltd, TasmaNet Pty. Ltd, St. Lukes Health Ltd and Pets Domain Ltd. Martin and his family own and operate a vineyard and wine business in Relbia and he is currently Chair of Wine Tasmania.

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Director

Brian Kohl

Brian is the shareholder represenative on the Board. He is a born and bred Tasmanian with a long history in community and environmental areas of work. He has an Economics degree from the University of Tasmania, and has worked in all levels of Government before moving to private industry. He is currently a shareholder and Director of a number of Tasmanian companies and spends much of his time sailing throughout the South East Asian region.

Brian’ s professional career has included roles of Senior Economic Advisor to both the Labour and Greens parties. Brian is currently the Director and CEO of one of Tasmania’s largest private equity hedge funds.

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Director

Peta Sugden

Peta holds a senior role in the Tasmanian State Service where her primary focus is to enable investment into Tasmania through investment matching. Peta’s State Government Experience includes investment attraction and facilitation and food and agri-business development. Peta has also held Ministerial Office roles including as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff with the former Government.

Peta’s private sector experience includes senior management positions within the Tasmanian poppy industry and a global inspection where she held qualifications as a Senior Lead Auditor, specialising in quality assurance auditing in the food industry and undertook food safety training nationally and globally.

Ornatas

Our People

Ornatas is lead by a team dedicated to a sustainable future for seafood, with a shared ambition to create opportunities in global communities, and respect for our environment. Collectively the team and board provides a wealth of enthusiasm and experience in science and innovation, a deep knowledge and understanding of the ocean environment and aquaculture systems, as well as financial, strategic and creative thinking to drive the company.

 

Scott Parkinson, CEO

Scott is passionate about science and the sea, he has worked in Australian aquaculture for 30 years, in senior positions across research and development, commercial operations and sales.  Scott has built greenfield facilities and redeveloped many land based aquaculture facilities through-out Australia.  He was instrumental in the recovery of the Tasmanian oyster industry from POMs in 2015 and was responsible for implementing the first 3rd part biosecurity audit of any shellfish facility within Australia.

The Ornatas Board

Martin Rees, Executive Director

Until 2015, Martin was a partner in KPMG Tasmania for 25 years specialising in corporate finance and commercialisation of new technologies.  He was responsible for the establishment of In-tellinc, a Hobart based IT incubator/seed investor which over the past 15 years has invested in over 40 start-up companies generating a number of national and global successes.  Martin has been a founding Director of a number of these ventures and brings these skills to Ornatas.  He is also a Director of Foundry Pty. Ltd., TasmaNet Pty. Ltd, St. Lukes Health Ltd and Pets Domain Ltd.  Martin and his family own and operate a vineyard and wine business in Relbia and he is currently Chair of Wine Tasmania.

Brian Kohl, Director

Brian is the shareholder representative on the Board.  He is a born and bred Tasmanian with a long history in community and environmental areas of work.  He has an Economics degree from the University of Tasmania, and has worked in all levels of Government before moving to private industry.  He is currently a shareholder and Director of a number of Tasmanian companies and spends much of his time sailing throughout the South East Asian region. Brian’s professional career has included roles of Senior Economic Advisor to both the Labour and Greens parties.  Brian is currently the Director and CFO of one of Tasmania’s largest private equity hedge funds.

Peta Sugden, Director

Peta holds a senior role in the Tasmanian State Service where her primary focus is to enable investment into Tasmania through investment matching. Peta’s State Government Experience includes investment attraction and facilitation and food and agri-business development.  Peta has also held Ministerial Office roles including as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff with the former Government.  Peta’s private sector experience includes senior management positions within the Tasmanian poppy industry and a global inspection where she held qualifications as a Senior Lead Auditor, specialising in quality assurance auditing in the food industry and undertook food safety training nationally and globally.