PIAA Welcome New Board Members

Matt Hams

Matt is the owner and manager of Banksia Park Puppies. Matt has been in the industry since he was born and grew up surrounded by dogs at his family’s kennels and in their many pet shops. He manages his kennels on a 200-acre property in Gippsland Victoria. Matt’s Grandmother, parents, wife and their two children all live on the property and are actively involved in the family run business. Matt is currently studying a certificate course in dog psychology and is also in his final year of a Bachelor Degree in business.

Matt worked extensively with the former Liberal Government department the DEPI on the drafting and creation of the toughest Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments in the world that was enacted in Victoria in 2014. Matt continues to lobby the current Labor Government in Victoria for sensible policy reforms that will place animal welfare at the heart of any legislative changes.

Josiah Pit

Josiah has been with Aquarium Industries for nine years and has oversight of the operations and supply chain functions, in particular the fish care, purchasing and logistics departments. Josiah consults with numerous Government departments and advisory boards with regards to ornamental fish health, biosecurity and general industry issues and is often invited to speak at national and international workshops and conferences. He holds a PhD in Marine Biology and Aquaculture and has kept ornamental fish for as long as he can remember, with a particular interest in marine fish.

Prior to his current role, Josiah worked on pearl farms throughout the Indo-pacific region as Hatchery or Farm Manager and has also lectured at James Cook University. Josiah is passionate about all aquatic critters and has spent time at Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Fiji Island Resort as their Marine Biologist. Josiah thrives on the challenges faced by transporting live fish nationwide and looks forward to working with all the supplier and manufacturer PIAA members in the coming months.

Cheryl Shaw

Cheryl is the owner of Dogoverboard in Newcastle. She has developed Dogoverboard into the most comprehensive speciality canine care centre in Australia proving an extensive range of services including style grooming and bathing, DIY bathing and drying, doggy day care, puppy crèche, puppy preschool, canine hydrotherapy and a15M in ground heated pool, canine massage and canine myofunctional therapy.

Cheryl has many qualifications and hands on practical experience including being a Canine Animal Hygienist (CAH), Style Groomer, Canine Masseur, Canine Myofunctional Therapist (CMF), Canine Hydrotherapist (CHT), Canine Cosmetologist, Canine Behaviourist, Puppy Preschool Trainer and Educator. Due to the many services offered by Dogoverboard, Cheryl has a unique opportunity to observe dogs in many differing situations from playing, handling and behaviour, interactions in the puppy crèche, day care and hydrotherapy swimming. As well as professional grooming, Cheryl has a special interest in gait analysis and canine massage and the treatment of dogs on medication or after major operations. She has seen many successful outcomes from the use of canine massage and hydrotherapy.

Cheryl is also a radio presenter on the Petchat weekly session on Newcastle’s leading community radio station 2NURFM that is part of the Newcastle University.

PIAA Board Members

PIAA Board Members

Matt Hams          Breeder Director
Rob Jones          President & Services Director
Josiah Pit            Suppliers and Manufacturers Director
Blake DeBruin     Boarding, Training, Day Care and Pet Sitters
John Grima         Retail Director
Cheryl Shaw       Grooming Director
Bob Croucher     National Director
Sean Duggan     National Director (absent)
Mark Fraser        CEO


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