OUR BOARD and State Representatives
Chair: Ross Brewer
Went to sea as deck apprentice with E&A but after 2 years resigned to work in the Melbourne office of P&O. Resigned again a few years later to go to London to study shipping. Offered a job with P&O in London in the shipbroking offices of Anderson Green & Co. Completed exams over a three year period and then spent 6 months in the New York office of Associated Bulk Carriers (a P&O jv with Nass Shipping). Returned to Australia to join Richard Hein in the newly formed General Shipping Division responsible for the shipbroking activities with Richard developing the new offshore shipping business of AOS.
In 1990 was 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 AOS, P&O Polar, P&O Towage, Western Tug & Barge, Shipbroking, Ship Agency.
After a wonderful 14 years retired from P&O and went on the Board of AMSA for 8 years.
Now busier than ever working with a great team of people developing the activities of Offshore Specialist Ships Australia.
Chair Fundraising Committee
Member Grants Committee
Director Dr. Jackie Watts OAM
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
Secretary: 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.
· Business Planning and Company Restructuring
· Change Management & Planning
· Business Modelling for Acquisition and Forecasting
· Financial Management & Control
· Financial & Manufacturing Accounting
· 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
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
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.
Director Capt. Dick Lowry AFNI
Commenced sea service in 1965 as Deck Cadet with Blue Star Line at the age of 16. Attained Cert. of Competency as Master in 1976. Served as deck officer in overseas shipping companies Blue Star Line, Port Line and Concordia Line until 1976. Served with Australian National Line (ANL) through to 1980 then joined Australian Offshore Services (AOS) as 1st Mate. From 1980 until 2017 served as Deck Officer or Captain in Command in varied Offshore Support Vessels (OSV’s), Anchor Handler, Dive Support, DP Subsea & PSV’s. Finally serving as one of Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific’s Seagoing Mentors.
- Associate Fellow Nautical Institute
- Member OSSA Collections Committee
- Chair OSSA IT Committee
Board/Other Positions held:
- Member Tintern Grammar School Council
- Vice President Tintern Association
Director: Peter Russell S Barrow
Qualifications; Bachelor of Business; Transport Economics RMIT
Current Position; Director OSSA Ltd
- 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
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
Director: Capt. Patrick O’Sullivan
A Master Mariner with extensive experience in the maritime industry, including blue water and offshore experience. I have over twelve years Command experience. An experienced ship handler – both conventional and Azi drive system, with impeccable safety record, I am a passionate mentor and advocate for high standards in training of junior officers. I am Unlimited DP Certified with experience in sub-sea projects.
- Company Of Master Mariners Australia
- Assistant Branch Master 2008 – 2014
- Treasurer 2016 – present
- Associate Fellow Nautical Institute
Chair Finance Committee
Member Grants Committee
Director: Chris Gardner
Areas of Practice
International Employment Law
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).
Director: Capt. Neil Butt
Commenced service in 1964 with British India as a deck cadet after 4 years pre-sea training at HMS Worcester. Served up to 2ndOfficer with BI (later incorporated into P&O General Cargo Division) until obtaining his Master’s certificate in 1973 and joined Australian Offshore Services as First Mate and promoted to Master in 1976, later came ashore as Operations Manager in 1979. Moved to Atlas Offshore in 1982 which was bought out by P&O a few years later. Re-joined AOS in February 1989 and served as Mate and Master before coming ashore as assistant operations Manager in November 1998. AOS was incorporated into P&O Maritime Services in 1990, served as Operations and Ship Manager until 2003 when P&OMS Offshore ships and personnel were bought by Farstad Shipping. Served as HSEQ and Quality Assurance Manager in Farstad Shipping (Indian Pacific) before retiring in June 2015. Now enjoying the challenges in helping with the development of Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia.
Chair IT Committee
Chair Collections Committee
Member Grants Committee
Board Member 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
Board Member: Reg 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.
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
West Australian Representative: Ian Del Rosso
Started life at Lombardo Marine Group in the late eighties, in Operations , was part of the start-up of the then Mermaid Marine Management Services which became Total Marine Services and ended up Area Manager of Darwin looking after rig manning ( Robert F Bauer/Zapata Arctic/Sedco 708 and several support vessels/AHTS and PSVs.
1993 joined up with Swire Pacific Offshore and remained there in various operations/HSE roles till 2002
2002 Joined Tidewater as Area Manager Area 2003 (Aust/NZ/PNG)
2007 Joined Offshore Marine Services as GM/CEO
2010 Joined Programmed Total Marine as Executive GM, completing a full circle back to TMS.
2012 Joined Go Marine Group as CEO
2015 Joined Australian Offshore Solutions as GM Operations.
Had a varied career in the business since I left High School and have been fortunate to have had the experiences and opportunities that I have had with some wonderful mentors, Sam Pullan (SPO) and Reg McNee (TDW) in particular.
I am excited to be part of OSSA, it brings together my passion for the history of this sector of the industry and the excitement of preserving the memory of the pioneering early days so that these ships and crews are not forgotten.
Member Membership Committee