I am pleased to welcome Richard Light as our new CEO of Field and Game Australia. Richard commences with us today, the 8th January 2018 and the Board and myself ask you to join with us in giving Richard a warm welcome.
I am pleased to be able to tell you that we had a very talented and impressive group of people keen to join FGA as our CEO, and the knowledge that our organisation attracts high calibre candidates made the difficult task of choosing just one, less onerous.
Richard comes to us from the oil industry with over 20 years international experience culminating with his role as Vice President for Health and Safety for Schlumberger North America. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and qualifications in management and crisis management.
During his time with Schlumberger he was responsible for their shooting entertainment budget of us$1m per year and was a committee member and shoot marshall for the Gulf Coast SPE Sporting Clays shoot – which attracted 750 shooters! He has competed (successfully) at World Skeet Championships.
Richard has hunted extensively around the world, being a contract shooter for the Department of National Parks: deer, duck and upland bird hunting in Australia; deer, pig, duck and goose (including at the Thunderbird Hunt Club); upland bird hunting in the US; and numerous trips to Argentina to shoot doves in Cordoba.
He has a strong background in environmental management and was his company’s lead advocate and responsible executive for environmental regulatory compliance.
FGA needs strong and skilled advocates to protect and develop hunting, to secure our shooting grounds, deliver great clay target competitions and ensure that we are absolutely on top of environmental issues such as PFAS.
Richard is well aware of the challenges; we are looking to him to successfully manage and he is up for the challenge!