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 Tambyln



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.

Tim Wood

His Hon Cdre Tim Wood RFD QC RANR (Rtd)

1970  Joined RAN at HMAS Cerberus as a direct-entry officer.

Commissioned as a Lieutenant, was the fire st qualified lawyer to enter the RAN

Participated in 1st court martial HMS Terror, Singapore

Served on the supply ship HMAS Stalwart and aircraft carrier HMAS         Melbourne.

1970-71 Became the Command Legal Officer Eastern Australia Area.

1971. Served in aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney to British Columbia in Canada the  West coast of the USA and Hawaii.

1971-73  Appointed Fleet Legal Officer at Fleet Headquarters, Garden Island Sydney.

1973-74  Assistant Director of Naval Services in Canberra.

1974. Retired from full time service, transferring to active Naval Reserve.

Joined Victorian Bar.

1994. Took silk at Victorian Bar.

1997-2012.  Appointed judge of the Victorian County Court.

1998-2001.  President of AAT then Vice President VCAT.

2006-2008.  Deputy Judge Advocate General ADF in the rank of Commodore.

2012-2015.  Inquiry Officer for the Inspector-General of Defence.

2014-2016.  Elected Councillor on the Mornington Peninsular Shire Council.

2016.  Retired from active RAN Reserve duties.


Stuart Wilson

Served a 5 year Electrical Apprenticeship with a Shipyard on the River Clyde in Glasgow (Alexander Stephens). During this period studied and gained a City & Guilds London Diploma in Electrical Engineering Level 3 Certificate using a combination of Day Release and Night Classes. Joined the Merchant Navy in 1967 employed by United Baltic Shipping serving on the vessel Baltic Star as 2ndElectrician. Transferred to the parent company Andrew Weir and served as Electrician on its vessel Forth Bank tramping worldwide. Then returned to College in Aberdeen to study Radio Communications qualifying as a Radio Officer with additional qualifications in Marine Radar Maintenance and City & Guilds London Telecommunications Diploma. Worked in Nigeria in various locations ashore on a 1 year contract installing telecommunications equipment for the Nigerian Army. Eventually  returned to a seagoing career with various companies initially on a freelance basis for some years before settling with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company until the mid-1980’s. I then worked in Saudi Arabia for 2 years with Aramco at their shore base located on West Pier, Rastanura and offshore on their Rigs and Platforms in the Persian Gulf maintaining telecom and marine electronic equipment. I then joined China Navigation (CNCo) and sailed with them on mainly Container Vessels as an Electro Technical Officer (ET0)  before returning to College in Melbourne (RMIT) to gain an Engineering Watchkeepers Certificate allowing me to sail as an Engineer/ETO. I returned to College (AMC Launceston) to complete Engineering studies (Advanced Diploma) in the mid 1990’s. I joined AOS in 2001 (subsequently Farstad Shipping)  as 1stEngineer on its AHTS vessels. In 2006 I was asked to ‘help out’ in the Melbourne Office as a relief Ship Manager. Subsequently after a number of temporary placements I became a permanent Ship Manager in charge of numerous company vessels up until retirement in 2014.

I have been involved with OSSA since its inception, being one of the original crew who helped to ‘save’ a great deal of Farstad memorabilia which would have been lost when they closed their Melbourne office in March 2017.

Chair Newsletter Committee

Member Exhibitions Committee

Minutes Secretary

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

Areas of Practice

International Employment Law

International Practice


Chris Gardner is a partner in the International Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  He is a workplace relations lawyer who assists leading employers on high stakes advice and litigation.  He has a particular passion for advising on workplace strategy and enterprise bargaining and representing employers in union related litigation.  But he also advises and represents employers in individual litigation such as termination of employment, adverse action and bullying. He has worked with clients across sectors including construction, logistics, manufacturing, maritime, mining and telecommunications.

Chris is described as an “innovator in the workplace relations field who combines legal expertise with thorough grounding in employee relations strategy” by Chambers and Partners, Doyles Guide recognises Chris as a ‘Preeminent’ Employment & Industrial Relations Lawyer in Australia and he has been listed as a Best Lawyers since 2008. His public comments are often sought after and he has spoken about:

  • good faith bargaining on Foxtel’s Law TV; and
  • bargaining climate on the Qantas Q Radio “Talking Business” program.


LL.B., Monash University in Melbourne

B.Ec., Monash University in Melbourne


An Australian legal practitioner, admitted in Victoria (1994).