Ross Brewer

Went to sea as deck apprentice with E&A but left the sea to work in the Melbourne office of P&O. Transferred to P&O London working in the ship broking offices of Anderson Green & Co. Completed Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers exams then transferred to the New York office of Associated Bulk Carriers (a P&O jv with Nass Shipping). Returned to Australia in the newly formed General Shipping Division responsible for the ship broking activities of P&O in Australasia.

Appointed MD of the newly formed P&O Maritime Services which brought together all the non liner shipping activities of the Group under one umbrella. This encompassed Offshore Services (AOS), P&O Polar, P&O Towage, Western Tug & Barge, Ship broking, Ship Agency Defence Maritime Services.

Retired from P&O and joined the Board of the Australian Government’s Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) retiring as Deputy Chairman.

Now busier than ever working with a great team of people developing the activities of Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia.

OSSA Chair

Chair Fundraising Committee

Member Grants Committee

Director Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network.

Jackie Watts

Jackie Watts holds a Doctorate in Education (RMIT), postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Librarianship (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University). Her areas of professional expertise include secondary & tertiary education, librarianship, research, vocational education and training (VET) professional development, commerce and community activism. Jackie has experience in both the non-profit & for-profit sectors, on and off-shore. 

Jackie was elected to Melbourne City Council 8 years ago and in 2012 became the first Chair of the Knowledge City Portfolio. She is also Deputy Chair of the People City Portfolio. Both portfolios represent the most significant economic and socially progressive areas of work on Council. Jackie is a leading advocate on Council for greater transparency, electoral reform, heritage preservation, gender equity, genuine community engagement and a more responsive, respectful Council. Jackie represents Council with the Bay Municipalities Association of Victoria and is Chair of Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network. She has a keen and abiding interest in heritage recognition, preservation and celebration, and in particular, maritime heritage

Peter Barrow

Qualifications; Bachelor of Business; Transport Economics RMIT

Current Positions;

Director Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia Ltd. Ltd

Board Member Melbourne Seafarers Centre.

Employment History

  • P&O Australia Ltd; Melbourne Feb 1971 to May 1975 (accounts and AOS)
  • Anderson Green and Co London UK 1976
  • P&O Australia Ltd; Melbourne 1977 to 1987 HR Officer and Assistant HR Manager
  • Brambles Shipping ; Melbourne HR Manager 1987 to 1989
  • Tidewater Port Jackson Marine ; Melbourne 1989 to 1997 HR Manager
  • P&O Maritime Services; Melbourne 1997 to 2003 HR General Manager
  • Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific P/L 2003 to 2015 retirement; HR General Manager

Previous Board Positions held;

Seafarers Retirement Fund. 6 years

Australian Maritime Industry Ltd. 2 years


  • Life Member Glen Iris Cricket Club Memberships; Southern Golf Club and Melbourne Cricket Club

Chair Membership Committee

Member Finance Committee

Member Newsletter Committee

Mike Tamblyn



Chartered Accountant and Finance Director with more than 40 years combined experience driving and administering operations across accounting, corporate governance, treasury, taxation, management reporting and financial/statutory reporting. Experience also includes a strong background in establishing fiscal controls, reporting structures and financial planning and modelling.

Enjoys the camaraderie of working on committees and in community projects.

Skills Summary

·       Business Planning and Company Restructuring

·       Change Management & Planning

·       Business Modelling for Acquisition and Forecasting

·       Financial Management & Control

·       Financial & Manufacturing Accounting

·       Treasury

·       Taxation

·       Corporate Governance and Policy

·       Investment feasability studies

·       Staff supervision and team building

·       Dispute negotiation and business acumen

Most Recent Business Experience


March 2005 to present: Novo Shoes Group Pty Ltd (formerly RSH (Australia) Pty Ltd) – Director/CFO

2003 to Mar 2005: Forgecast Australia Pty Ltd. – Company Secretary/CFO

1997 to July 2003: Toyocolour Australia Technologies Ltd. – Director/CFO

1996–1997: Nichiyu Australia Pty Ltd – Financial Controller

1994–1996: The Royal Melbourne Golf Club Inc – General Manager and Club Secretary

1987–1993: Kumagai Australia Pty Ltd – Financial Controller/Company Secretary

1976–1987: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (now “Deloitte”) – Audit/Senior Corporate Services Manager

Most Recent Career Summary

Mar 2005 to present: Novo Shoes Group. Brooklyn, Vic

Director/Company Secretary/CFO

Novo Shoes Group Pty Ltd designs and distributes ladies fashion footwear and accessories in the retail and wholesale markets of Australia and New Zealand through well established brands of Novo, Grendha, Ipanema and Naturalizer. Since 2002 the business has expanded to a distribution network of over 135 stores, an online global business and a wholesale distribution to leading department stores. Turnover of $85m and approximately 750 staff.


·       Assist shareholders and new owners to successfully complete the sale/purchase of the Company in 2016.

·       Restructure of the company following buyout from investors in 2005 by the current parent company.

·       New brand acquisitions with the most recent being the Naturalizer brand.

·       Set up of an online store in 2009 which has seen double digit year on growth since the implementation.

·       Set up of a wholesale business to take Australian market share with beach inspired Brazilian thongs and sandals.


1979–2018     Various Professional Courses and mentor to applicants undertaking the Chartered Institute of Australia “CA” qualification programme.

1978              Professional year – Institute of Chartered Accountants in  Australia

1975              Degree in Business Studies (Accounting), Monash University – Caulfield campus

1970               HSC – Caulfield Grammar School

Professional Affiliations

1990              Corporate Treasurer (CFTP Snr.) – The Finance and Treasury Association Ltd.

1985              Registered Company Auditor – ASIC No: 09927

1978               Chartered Accountant – ACA No: 23916

1975              Registered Tax Agent – ATO


·                              Past: Committee member, Treasurer and Auditor of the Brighton Cricket Club Inc.

·                              Past: Committee member Caulfield Grammarians Football Club Inc.

Stuart Wilson

After finishing a Clydeside shipyard apprenticeship in the mid- sixties joined the MN and apart from spells ashore in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia spent most of my career at sea with the last 20 years in the offshore Oil & Gas service industry including 8 years in management with Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific (FSIP)before retiring in 2014.

I have been actively involved with OSSA since the organisations inception in 2017 which was born of the demise of the Farstad office in Melbourne and has grown from a handful of people dedicated to preserving and promoting the industry to the multi-faceted entity with almost 250 members it is today.

Chair Newsletter Committee

Member Exhibitions Committee

Minutes Secretary

Richard Owen. OAM

Richard Owen graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1983, joining Esso Australia at the Longford Plants in Victoria. Following a number of engineering, operational and management assignments in Sale, Sydney and Melbourne, Richard moved to New Orleans, USA and was appointed as Operations Manager in 2001.

Following a number of leadership roles in Houston, Alaska and Germany, Richard was appointed to the position of President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Indonesia in 2011. Richard returned to Melbourne in 2013 when he was named Chairman of ExxonMobil Australia. In 2019, Richard was appointed to the role of Upstream Business Development Executive for ExxonMobil. Richard retired from ExxonMobil in October 2020.

Richard is the former President of the Australian Resource & Energy Employer Association (AREEA).He is a past board member of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Richard is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Richard is married to Jennifer and they have two adult sons.

Reginald McNee

Globalmarine executive with over fifty years of onshore and offshore experience primarily servicing the Oil & Gas industry. Started off career as a Marine Engineer, promoted to Chief Engineer and transitioned into a worldwide onshore management/consultancy role which has been ongoing for the past thirty years. Background in liaising with maritime unions, design, construction and commissioning of Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) and lead negotiating for all company kidnappings across Africa. Interests lie in technical support, business development and new contracts.

Sea Service

Equal time with both Blue Water Shipping  & Offshore.

Serving on General Cargo, Passenger, Oil Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Container Vessels, OSV.

Shore based Management

Harvard Business School Graduate year  2001

Served in Roles of Operations Manager, Technical Manager, General Manager, New Build Superintendent, continuing up to Senior Vice President & Board Member.

As Senior Vice President , overall responsibility for a Fleet of 340 OSV, operating in all Global Regions with the exception of the Americas.  Served on a number of Board positions in the past, during time with Tidewater & TPJM, at least 10 Companies.

Chair OSSA Exhibitions Committee

Member OSSA Fundraising Committee

Ian Anderson

Captain Ian Anderson. AFNI

Ian is an enthusiastic, highly qualified Captain with an Australian Masters Certificate of Competency (Unlimited Tonnage) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science).  

Ian is a safety conscious, risk-averse individual with a calm personality and an ability to thrive under high pressure and challenging situations. Ian has leadership and management experience, going above and beyond to ensure a vessel’s safety and efficiency to the highest standards of excellence. Ian’s passion for the promotion of the maritime industry is evident in his dedication to the mentorship of young seafarers both on and off ships and the time he dedicates when off duty to giving back to the seafaring community through volunteer organisations and building of programs to ensure the sustainability of the maritime industry as a viable career for future generations. 

IT Committee 

School Promotions Committee 

Membership Committee 


Chris Gardner

Chris is a Partner with international law firm Seyfarth Shaw. He is a specialist workplace relations lawyer who partners with leading employers on the engagements that matter to them.

For more than 20 years, Chris has advised some of Australia’s leading employers on workplace strategy, complex human resources issues and high-stakes litigation. His considerable expertise in workplace change has been forged in challenging environments, including stevedoring, construction, road transport, and rail.

Chris is passionate about helping employers get the results they deserve and understands the business drivers of strategy and risk.Chris is regularly seen in the press, with features in Boss Magazine, the Australian Financial Review Magazine, and Qantas Q Radio. His views are often sought by leading journalists covering workplace issues and is rated “Preeminent“ in his field by Doyle’s Legal Guide.


Michael Barraclough



Michael Barraclough graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University in 1969 and joined P&O Australia as a graduate trainee in Sydney. He initially worked in planning and business development for P&O in both Sydney and London, before beginning a career in the maritime side of the oil and gas industry when he moved to P&O in Melbourne in 1976 to join Australian Offshore Services. He became General Manager of P&O Energy Services, the division of which AOS was a part, and which was an owner / operator of anchor handling supply vessels, before moving to the UK in 1990 to head up Bluewater Offshore Production Systems. This was a P&O-Bluewater joint venture operating floating production systems (FPSO’s).

Michael subsequently formed Vanguard Floating Production, with the backing of UK venture capital group 3i, and led its’ successful involvement in the FPSO market, with units operating in Australia, West Africa and Brazil. He switched from contractor to client in 2010, joining Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy to develop the marine facilities required, including a planned FLNG vessel, for Talisman’s oil and gas fields in PNG. When Talisman was acquired by Spanish oil company Repsol, Michael continued in the role until retiring from full time employment at the end of 2017.

Michael continues to provide field development consultancy services to oil and gas companies looking to utilise FPSO’s or seeking to improve the efficiency of their operations. He is also a qualified Expert Witness who has given evidence in arbitrations involving FPSO’s utilized by major international oil and gas companies.

He is a past Chairman of Austen Maritime Services, a Singapore ship management company, is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a Youth Mentor with the Raise Youth Mentoring Training Program.       

Michael is the Queensland Representative for OSSA, lives at Bribie Island and is married to Ling.