AMSA Board

Our Board is appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

It includes the:

  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • an office in the portfolio Department (person occupying that office) and
  • 5 other members.

As the accountable authority, the Board is responsible for:

  • deciding the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by AMSA
  • ensuring that we perform our functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner.

AMSA Board Charter

The roles and responsibilities of the Board are set out in the AMSA Board Charter.

Our Board members

Captain Jeanine Drummond (Chair)

Captain Jeanine Drummond was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board on 2 November 2020 for a three year term, and on 3 July 2023, was appointed as Board Chair for a four year term.

Captain Jeanine Drummond (Chair)

As an experienced Harbour Master, Master Mariner and Maritime Industry Professional, Capt. Jeanine Drummond, has extensive background across the maritime industry sectors, at sea, offshore oil and gas, and in the ports sector, both in operations and development, in Australia and internationally.

Jeanine started her maritime career in in 1995 as a Deck Officer trainee and worked her way through to Master, before moving permanently ashore into the ports sector, initially as a Tug Master, and then into Harbour Master roles.  Jeanine is currently Managing Director and Marine Advisor at Integral Maritime.

Jeanine is also member of the Australian Maritime College Advisory Board and Councillor with Australian Mariners Welfare Society.  

Jeanine holds an Australian Master Unlimited Certificate of Competency, Bachelor of Business (Maritime Management), Graduate Diploma Maritime Management, Advance Diploma of Applied Science and is an Associate Fellow of Nautical Institute, Member of WISTA, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jeanine was the inaugural recipient in 2018, of the Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry ‘Women in Shipping and Logistics Award’. 

Jennifer Clark (Deputy Chair)

Ms Jennifer Clark was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board on 10 February 2015 and reappointed on 10 February 2020 for a further five year term. Jennifer Clark

Ms Clark was appointed to the Board on 8 May 2012 and was appointed Chair of the AMSA Board Audit, Risk and Finance Committee  in February 2014. 

Ms Clark is a Board Member of the Australian Payments Network Limited and is a member of its Audit Risk and Finance Committee and Chair of the Policy Experts Group. She is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Department of Human Services; the Department of Defence; Australian Bureau of Statistics; Austrade; the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority; the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; the Australian Law Reform Commission; and is Chair of the Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Risk Advisory Committee. Ms Clark is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the Department of Finance and the Parliamentary Budget Office. 

Ms Clark has an extensive background in business, finance and governance through a career as a Non-Executive Director since 1991 and as an Investment Banker for over 20 years. In her banking career, Ms Clark provided advice to the Commonwealth Government and was responsible for funding major infrastructure projects and arranging finance for a large number of Australian companies. Ms Clark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a Board member of a number of companies and Commonwealth Government agencies over the past 29 years.

Mick Kinley (Chief Executive Officer)
Mick Kinley, Chief Executive Officer of AMSA and a member of the board

Mr Kinley became AMSA’s Chief Executive Officer on 27 August 2014.

Mr Kinley was previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and held that position from October 2008.

Mr Kinley joined AMSA in Cairns as a Marine Surveyor in 1994. He has since gained experience across all of AMSA’s business areas with a focus on maritime safety and casualty response. 

Prior to joining AMSA, Mr Kinley had an extensive career with BHP. He started as an engineer cadet with BHP Transport and sailed with the BHP fleet before serving in various shore-based roles, including fleet safety instructor and project engineer. 

Mr Kinley holds an Australian Chief Engineer Class 1 Certificate, a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Engineering, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies.  Mr Kinley is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Toohey
Peter Toohey

Mr Peter Toohey was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Board on 17 June 2015 and reappointed on 21 November 2018 for a further three year term.

Mr Toohey was formerly Chief Engineer, Brisbane Tugs with Svitzer Australia.  He is Secretary for the Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers.  He has participated in eighteen salvages with United Salvage and Svitzer Salvage as Salvage engineer since 1991 until 2015.

Mr Toohey began his career with Howard Smith Industries as an apprentice Fitter and Turner and Marine Engineer student in 1974 and became a seagoing marine engineer in 1978 working in all positions from 7th to Chief Engineer on tankers and bulk carriers with Howard Smith Shipping.

Elizabeth Montano
Elizabeth Montano

Ms Elizabeth Montano was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board on 16 December 2021 for a period of three years.

Ms Montano holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is an experienced non-executive director with a portfolio of positions and a consulting practice working in governance, strategic and business planning, performance assessment and reporting, change management, risk and assurance. She has worked extensively in financial services regulation, financial intelligence, information technology strategy and governance, marine natural resource management and marine scientific research. She is chair and a member of various public sector audit and audit and risk committees. Elizabeth was the first woman to lead an Australian regulatory/ law enforcement agency as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). In the private sector, Elizabeth was a financial services specialist Senior Consultant and Senior Solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons.

Daryl Quinlivan AO
Daryl Quinlivan

Mr Daryl Quinlivan AO was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board on 16 December 2021 for a three year term.

Daryl is currently the NSW Agriculture Commissioner. He was Secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water from 2015-2020.  He has worked across a range of public policy areas including agriculture and trade, water, communications, transport and infrastructure, and competition policy.  He was Head of Office at the productivity Commission 2012-2015.

Michelle Taylor
Michelle Taylor

Ms Michelle Taylor was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board on 3 July 2023 for a 5 year period.

Ms Taylor is a Partner and Board member of Sparke Helmore Lawyers and leads the firm’s Maritime & Transport Group.

Ms Taylor is also President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ), an Executive member of the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC), and a member of the Brisbane Port Welfare Committee.

Ms Taylor was a founding member of the Queensland Chapter of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).

Ms Taylor has been recognised internationally for her extensive experience in shipping casualties including some of the most significant maritime incidents in the Asia Pacific region and is an experienced admiralty law practitioner. 

Ms Taylor holds a Master of Laws (Maritime Law) from the University of Queensland (Dean’s Honour Roll for outstanding academic excellence).

Dean Summers
Dean Summers

Mr Dean Summers was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board on 3 July 2023, for a 5 year period.

He is currently a Board director of Tas Bull Seafarers Foundation and is a former Board member of the Australian Merchant Navy Awards Council.

Mr Summers has been the Australian National Coordinator for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) from 2000 until 2021. Before this, he held a range of elected positions in the Seaman’s Union of Australia (SUA) and later the Maritime Union of Australia.

Mr Summers is a qualified Australian merchant seafarer who started his seagoing career in Fremantle, Western Australia, working for the WA State Shipping Service and has worked across the maritime sector.

He is MLC endorsed by the ILO Maritime Training Academy in Turin (Italy) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cha Jordanoski

Cha Jordanoski, AMSA Board memberCha Jordanoski is the First Assistant Secretary/Chief Financial Officer at the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA).  

Cha has had a career spanning over 20 years across the Australian Government, professional services, and commerce.

Prior to joining DITRDCA, Cha was the Acting First Assistant Secretary/Chief Financial Officer and led the establishment of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Cha has held various senior executive roles in a number of Federal Government departments and agencies, including the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the Department of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Cha has also held leadership roles at Department of Finance, the Australia Taxation Office and the Australian National Audit Office, and has also worked as a management consultant. Earlier in her career, Cha worked in both the IT and Energy Industries. 

Declarations of Interests procedure

An official is required to report material personal interests in relation to the affairs of the entity they work for (section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act)). Material personal interests could directly relate to an official's personal role or, more broadly, to the overall purpose of the entity. The PGPA Rule details how and when officials need to disclose material personal interests, and the circumstances when the duty to disclose does not apply (sections 12–16D of the PGPA Rule).

The overriding principle for a declaration of a material personal interest should be: if in doubt, declare the interest in accordance with the appropriate process. Taking this step should protect both the official and the Commonwealth entity.

A material personal interest is one that can give rise to a real or perceived conflict of interest that could affect the ability of an official to discharge their duties.

AMSA Board members are required to declare any perceived or actual conflicts of interest on appointment to the AMSA Board, and whenever their circumstances change.

The Board Secretariat maintains a register of declarations which is circulated to Board members at each Board meeting.

Board members who have any concerns about whether or not a possible conflict of interest should be notified should raise the matter with the Chair.

Action required to manage conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest of Board members

Once a conflict of interest has been disclosed, the Board (excluding the Board member who has made the disclosure, as well as any other conflicted Board members) must decide whether or not those conflicted Board members should:

  • vote on the matter related to the conflict (as a minimum),
  • participate in any debate on the matter related to the conflict, or
  • be present in the room during the debate and the voting.

Factors to be considered

In deciding what approach to take, the Board will consider:

  • whether the conflict needs to be avoided or simply documented
  • whether the conflict will realistically impair the disclosing person’s capacity to impartially participate in decision-making
  • alternative options to avoid the conflict
  • the possibility of creating an appearance of improper conduct that might impair confidence in, or the reputation of, AMSA.

The approval of any action requires the agreement of at least a majority of the Board (excluding any conflicted Board member/s) who are present and voting at the meeting.

The action and result of the voting will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting and in the register of interests.

Related documents

Gifts and benefits register: AMSA Gifts and Benefits register | Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Conflict of interest policy: under development

Last updated: 19 April 2024