Yumbah people are coastal, bound together by a shared passion and love for the ocean and the beautiful abalone we sustainably farm. We are a family of committed and caring aquaculture workers who are a part of the Yumbah team because we love what we do.

Yumbah couldn’t produce the world’s best shellfish without love, passion and respect. Every one of our farm managers is committed to ensuring our shellfish will be around for people to enjoy for centuries to come.

So let’s meet some of the special people who make Yumbah tick.

Ben Cameron

Director

Tim Rudge

Head of Corporate Development

David Connell

Head of Supply Chain and Optimisation

Tom Hyde

Head of Land Based Aquaculture

Gary Higgins

Director & Chairman

Jonathan Lillie

Director

Anthony Hall

Director

Matthew Muggleton

General Manager, Sales and Marketing

Peter Lillie

General Manager, Yumbah Sea Farms

Patrick O’Neil

Group Finance Manager

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer

Ben Cameron

Director

Ben is a third generation Cameron with oyster farming in his genes. In addition to his role as General Manager of Cameron’s of Tasmania (since 2011), Ben holds directorships with the Tasmanian Oyster Research Council and Seafood Maritime Training. Ben has been an active member of industry and government reference groups, including the POMS working committee that provided guidance for the government response/industry assistance package relating to the 2016 POMS outbreak in Tasmania.

Tim Rudge

Head of Corporate Development

There is always something new to learn about abalone farming and this is a fantastic motivation and drives Tim to continually improve.

Tim loves surfing and diving, and Narrawong with its surrounding coastline offer great diversity for both pursuits. There are perfect beginner spots where Tim can take his kids to snorkel and surf in safe protected bays, and there are deep and exposed rocky headlands where raw, powerful Southern Ocean swells make diving and surfing an intensely exhilarating experience.

David Connell

Head of Supply Chain and Optimisation

David has managed Yumbah Kangaroo Island since 1999. Being a pioneering producer of a sustainable food source has been his great reward.

He loves being surrounded by wildlife and the extremes that Mother Nature offers at Kangaroo Island’s south coast. A strong community member and a reference source for knowledge about Kangaroo Island he is a passionate defender of the pristine qualities of Smith Bay and its unique habitat.

Tom Hyde

Head of Land Based Aquaculture

Tom is always satisfied after delivering a good harvest of top quality abalone.

Tom loves working in a field he is passionate about and living where he grew up. This allows him to maintain strong connections to the local aquaculture community. Tom enjoys surfing and fishing around the coast of Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay.

Gary Higgins

Director & Chairman

Gary is a senior finance professional with more than 30 years of experience both as a former partner in Ernst & Young for 18 years and director and owner of Elary Corporate Services Pty Ltd.  Gary has served as a director since 2008 becoming Chairman in 2016.  Gary reads spreadsheets instead of novels and is happiest when performing financial due diligence.  Gary has been instrumental in the mergers and acquisitions that have built Yumbah.

Jonathan Lillie

Director

Born and bred into the wool trade it was inevitable that Jonathan became an executive director of the family wool broking firm, Fox and Lillie.  Following an unwavering belief in the future of aquaculture he invested in the Narrawong farm in 1999 and was key to the formation of Yumbah in 2008 serving as director from that time on.  His vision led to the creation of Yumbah’s AUSAB brand.  Jonathan is also co-founder of Bay Sea Farms Pty. Ltd., a Victorian mussel farmer/ shellfish hatchery and Fisher Direct, which imports and distributes quality seafood.  In 2016 he became Managing Director of the group.

Jonathan prefers red wine to white, likes plain speaking, and of course loves seafood.

Anthony Hall

Director

A love of scuba diving and the charm of the coastal town Mallacoota brought the Hall and Rudge families together. Diving for abalone as a teenager on the reef off Gabo Island made a clear impression as Anthony became a foundation investor in 1999 in Tim Rudge’s grand plan to build a farm at Narrawong.  Co-founder of Pro Medicus Limited (ASX:PME) and Bay Sea Farms Pty. Ltd. he continues to believe passionately in aquaculture and led the restructure of the group in 2016 into Yumbah Aquaculture.

Anthony is happiest when matching white burgundy with Yumbah Greenlip abalone or hiramisu kingfish.

Matthew Muggleton

General Manager, Sales and Marketing

After completing a Bachelor of Technology in Aquaculture in 2000, Matthew commenced his career as an Aquaculture Technical Support Officer for the Yorke Regional Development Board and Executive Officer of the South Australian Oyster Research Council (SAORC).

In 2003, Matthew became a partner in Corvel Marketing and Management, providing Executive Officer and Market Development services to the Australian southern rock lobster industry and many other South Australian wild catch fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Matthew established his own consulting and trading businesses in 2008 in the USA and Australia. Over the last 13 years, the trading businesses have grown substantially and specialise in selling niche seafood, wagyu and angus beef, lamb and other specialty food items.

Matthew has been the sole importer of Yumbah’s abalone to North America since 2008, and was pivotal in developing the USA and Canadian markets with Yumbah abalone brands.

In addition, in partnership with Jon Lillie, Matthew established a seafood trading business, Fisher Direct, in Australia in 2013.

In November 2016, Matthew was appointed as Yumbah’s General Manager – Sales and Marketing and has delivered a fifty-six percent increase in sales since his appointment. Matthew has been instrumental in expanding Yumbah’s product range and market diversification.

Peter Lillie

General Manager, Yumbah Sea Farms

Peter gained a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University in 1980 and pursued other non-economic interests for a while, including playing music and commercial fishing (tuna longline), before settling into being a registered builder (still current). He began pursuing aquaculture interests: mainly sea-based abalone trials at Flinders, near Western Port, Victoria, as well as investing in Coastal Seafarms at Narrawong with his brothers and other investors. Peter has marine qualifications (Master Class 5/ MED 2) and has used his hands-on approach to building and maintaining mechanical systems and at sea grow-out systems.

In 2006, Peter, his brothers and Anthony Hall invested in Bay Sea Farms Pty Ltd which acquired the entire 90-hectare Mount Martha Aquaculture Zone. This perpetuated his lifelong affection for the sea, fishing and diving. Bay Sea Farms became a founding member of the Victorian Shellfish Hatchery Pty Ltd in 2007, of which he is the Managing Director. Victorian Shellfish Hatchery hatches the mussel spat required for all mussel farming operations in Port Phillip Bay, as well as supplying angasi and rock oyster spat to the broader industry.

Peter has recently helped facilitate the sale of Bay Sea Farms to Yumbah Aquaculture, becoming Yumbah Sea Farms Pty Ltd. He is excited about the synergies that can be obtained with the Yumbah connections in marketing, and the increasing production of mussels, which has grown to around 400 tonnes per annum, and is anticipated to grow to 1000 tonnes per annum in the next 5 years. Along with mussels, Peter is keen to continue work in angasi oyster production as well as sea-based abalone production at the Flinders Aquaculture Zone. The abalone production is subject to ongoing trials with seaweed production that Bay Sea Farms has commenced in conjunction with the Victorian Shellfish Hatchery and Deacon University, for the purpose of abalone sea-based diet.

Patrick O’Neil

Group Finance Manager

Patrick is a Chartered Accountant with many years of financial and strategic commercial management experience within the aquaculture and wine industries. Patrick’s background includes management roles both domestically and internationally across a range of fields, including manufacturing, agriculture, aquaculture, viticulture, importing, exporting and general commercial operations in the FMCG industry.

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer

David brings experience as a C-level executive, who can direct and manage a business through the growth and downturn cycles to optimise shareholder value. He has had full leadership and management responsibility for developing and translating corporate strategy and vision into executable business plans. With over 12 years of experience in the wine industry before moving to aquaculture with Petuna Aquaculture (fin fish) and Tassal Group (prawns), David is excited to lead Yumbah as it continues its journey towards becoming Australia’s leading shellfish aquaculture company.