BIA’s new leader

The Boating Industry Association has assigned Andrew Scott the role of Chief Executive Officer, due to his extensive experience and impressive knowledge.

05 October 2022


Andrew Scott has officially been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Boating Industry Association (BIA), taking up the position as of 4 October 2022.

Scott has solid marine industry experience, is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer and has the skills to lead the team and focus on priorities to support members of the BIA.

He impressed the BIA Board in his role as Financial Controller since January 2021 and has now expanded his appointment as CEO.

President of the BIA, Andrew Fielding thanked Nik Parker and Neil Patchett for their work as Co-General Managers as an interim arrangement to help handle major disruptions to the association caused by COVID.

Scott’s appointment as CEO is the only change to the BIA team and is designed to focus its efforts to get on with key priorities.


For Parker, that’s member services and programs and Patchett’s work in government advocacy and policy.

The Board also thanked the wider team for its efforts throughout the turbulence caused by the pandemic.

The team of ten, including the management team is based across NSW, QLD and SA, providing direct member engagement, marketing and communications, programs management and back-office admin support.

Scott is now engaged with the management team to continue the work of the BIA to support members’ interests by having a strong, resilient and robust industry association, with BIA key priorities focused on:

  • Deliver industry-focused programs, products and services​
  • Grow participation in boating​
  • Deliver government advocacy​
  • Promote education, skills and jobs

Scott provides BIA with a solid financial footing, bringing experience from 35 years as a Public Practitioner in accounting; has held Group Accounting and General Management positions spanning industries such as hospitality, mining, farming, surf and marine.

His experience in the boating industry includes ten years as General Manager Sunrunner Sport Cruisers Group of Companies; importation of United States brands of power craft; managerial roles spanning marketing, shows (domestic and international); supply chain, HR, accounting; and managing domestic and international group dealers.

Since 2010, he has operated as a CFO/GM for a variety of clients in the boating and surf sectors across Australia and the United States.

Scott is active in water sports, snow skiing and hiking. He’s an enthusiastic boat owner and enjoys time on the water with his family.

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