Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (QLD)

Steven Moon—Director and Deputy Chair

Steve Moon

Steve is a Director and the current Deputy Chair of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Limited and Chair of the Maritime Industry Reference Committee.

He is an accomplished Senior Executive accustomed to fast-growing operations in diverse cultural environments, with particular strengths in project management, business development, and vocational and technical training, especially in the maritime sector.

Steven is also the Managing Director of Projects Global, an independent maritime consultancy providing project management, marine engineering, crew training, audit and compliance services with a particular focus on marine tourism and the domestic commercial vessel sector.

Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors

Susan Hull—CEO

Susan Hull

Susan Hull is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors and is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic plan as well as the day to day management of the Institute. 

She is degree qualified in both Business Management and Education and has over 25 years’ experience in high level industry focussed educational reform and regulation.

She has contributed to the professional and regulatory outcomes for a wide range of industry sectors that include, Maritime, Real Estate and Property Services, Dramatic Art and Security.

Susan held the role of CEO of the AIMS since 2014 and has been instrumental in rebranding and establishing the Association as the peak industry body for marine surveyors in our region. She was instrumental in the development of the first Marine Surveyor qualifications that were included in the Maritime Training Package and is passionate about the industry and its standards. She strives to ensure that marine surveyors are provided with support and advocacy and that consumers are protected from poor practices and is currently working to have marine surveying registered as a profession and for licencing to be introduced for professional marine surveyors. 

Australian Commercial Vessels Operators Association

Christopher Peters—Chief Executive Officer

chris peters

The Australian Commercial Vessel Operators Association or “ACVOA” is a not-for-profit organisation representing Australian commercial vessel owners and operators.

Chris started his Cadetship in 1991, quickly worked his way to Master and obtained an Unlimited Master ticket. He has served on a range of commercial vessels from product tankers and bulk carriers to rock dumpers and a range of dredges, tugs and support vessels.

In 2005, Chris joined Pacific Tug with the vision to provide first class tug and barge services to the Australian market.  As CEO and Director of the Company, Chris is the driving force ensuring quality vessels and personnel are always provided in a timely manner.

Chris has the overall responsibility for managing and leading the organisation. He is well equipped to do so as an accredited Foreign Going Master and accomplished Seafarer with extensive experience on Tankers, Dredging and offshore work. Chris also has a Diploma of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business in Maritime Management and a Master Class One Certificate of Competency.

Chris has experience in a wide variety of projects within the marine industry, providing efficient management of maritime logistics and arrangement of specialised transport.

Australian Commercial Marine Group

Jeremy Spear—President

Jeremy Spear

Jeremy Spear is a Naval Architect and an Industrial Designer who has run Sydney based international marine design practice Spear Green Design (SGD) for over 30 years. SGD specialises in design of commercial passenger vessels. Works include design, specification, documentation and compliance of many facets of commercial vessels. SGD has been engaged by governments, owners and operators from over 30 countries. 

Jeremy Spear has sat on the Board of marine industry peak body AIMEX - the Australian Marine Industry Export Association for over ten years. He now chairs this group. He is also a founding member of sub group ACMG - Australian Commercial Marine Group.   

Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers and Australian Maritime Officers Union 

Henning Christiansen—Director Professional Development

Henning Christiansen

Henning Christiansen was for 29 years the Federal Secretary of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (‘AIMPE’ or ‘the Institute’).

Mr Christiansen was born in Denmark in 1956 and became an Australian citizen in 1962. He commenced his maritime career in 1975 as a trainee engineer with BHP Transport and sailed with the BHP fleet before employment as a marine engineer with Jardine Matheson of Hong Kong in world-wide shipping on international-market conditions. After several years of international experience Mr Christiansen returned to Australia to complete his studies and obtain an Australian Marine Engineer Class 2 Certificate then worked in Australian coastal shipping on tankers, oil and gas supply vessels and dredging vessels. 

Mr Christiansen has participated in and contributed to numerous industry forums such as the National Maritime Industry Training Committee, sub-committees of the Maritime Industry Development Committee and he participated in all the forums held by the National Marine Safety Committee and contributed to the work of the Industry Advisory Committee. Subsequently he participated in the Maritime Industry Workforce Development Forum and the Offshore Petroleum Safety Tripartite Forum.

Mr Christiansen is a Deputy Chair (rotating) of the Maritime Industry Reference Committee which liaises with Australian Industry Skills Ltd in administering the Maritime Training Package, and has served on various Technical Advisory Committees in the Review of the existing units of the Maritime Training Package and new units including Electro Technical Officer (ETO) and the Towage Skill Set.

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard

Matthew Semmens—Victorian Squadron Commodore


I am a keen boater and fisherman who became involved with AVCGA 12 years ago to enhance my boating skills. 

I hold both Commercial and Coast guard Coxswain tickets and a Cert 4 TAE which lets me assist with training our members.

I was Commander at our Carrum flotilla in Victoria for four years, before moving into Squadron (management) positions for the last 6 years.

I’m an active skipper at my Flotilla, and have approx. 130 marine assists that I have attended to, mainly as skipper.

My wife is also involved with AVCGA and looks after the media side of things Nationally.

Boating Industry Association Ltd
Darren Vaux

Darren Vaux—President

Darren is President of the BIA Ltd, Vice President of ICOMIA, Chair of the NSW Maritime Advisory Council, Director at Empire Marinas and has a wealth of boating and business experience.

He is a professional property developer, investor, keynote speaker and writer with 30 years experience in commercial, residential and maritime development.

Fischer Group

John Kavadis—General Manager

John Kavadis

John worked in the accounting profession for 15 years and he has extensive experience in management and finance.  

He is a proprietor of Voyager Electronics a successful marine electronics business and for over 20 years he has been involved in the management of domestic commercial vessel operations whilst working with Fischer Marine Group. 

John has a wealth of experience in building, renovating and operating Domestic Commercial Vessels of various types including passenger, offshore support services, construction and fishing.

John has been on a number of voluntary boards and committees and currently is a board member of the Northern Territory Seafood Council and on the AMSA Victorian Safety Committee.

Maritime Industry Australia Ltd

Angela Gillham—Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Angela Gillham

Angela is MIAL’s Deputy CEO and has worked for the organisation for over 17 years. Over that time, she has covered the breadth of roles and issues across the organisation and possesses a depth of knowledge about the range challenges faced by the Australian maritime industry as well as the opportunities that exist in the sector.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is MIAL’s specialist in environment, safety and operations across the Australian domestic commercial vessel, offshore and trading ship sectors.

Angela has managed several shipping related R&D projects with a focus on the improving the industry’s environmental performance and efficiency and represents the interests of the Australian industry in international forums, including the International Chamber of Shipping and as industry adviser to the Australian delegation to the International Maritime Organisation. 

Maritime Union of Australia

Paul Garrett—Assistant Secretary, Sydney Branch


Paul Garrett has served as an elected Officer of the Maritime Union of Australia for over 17 years. As an advocate of workers in the maritime community, Paul is required to maintain a detailed understanding of the maritime industry and work as part of the collective to ensure the functionality of an industry that delivers safe, dignified and secure employment to MUA members.

Representing the interests and needs of maritime workers in many forums, Paul is required to liaise with various Government groups including the Industry Reference Groups for Marine Orders 505 with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as well as participating in the Technical Advisory Committees for several marine qualifications for workers aboard Domestic Commercial Vessels.

Before working for the Union, Paul worked in the tugboat industry for many years as well as on bunker barges and charter vessels before that.

Paul is a Director of the industry superannuation fund Maritime Super, securing and improving the retirement benefits of maritime workers whilst upholding the highest standards of corporate governance in a highly regulated sector.

Safer Together (WA)
Alastair Martin

Alastair Martin—Member of the Marine Working Group

Nearly 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, all spent working in various capacities within the Maersk Group of companies. Background as a Marine Engineer on gas tankers and container ships before coming ashore some 15 years ago. 

I have filled several different safety related roles within Maersk including HSEQS Manager of Maersk’s global tanker division in Copenhagen and currently Head of Marine Standards and DPA for Svitzer in Australia. As Australia’s largest maritime employer, Svitzer currently operates over 70 DCV’s around the Australian coast. 

Seafood Industry Australia

Veronica Papacosta—Chief Executive Officer

Victoria Papacosta

Veronica is the CEO of SIA and the Managing Director of the Sydney Fresh Seafood group, and a third generation seafood retailer. 

Veronica was a member of the Leadership Task Force that was formed to develop the case for a new peak-body for the Australian seafood industry. She then took on the role of Chair and communications driver of the Implementation Group to build industry support to form Seafood Industry Australia. In April 2020 Veronica accepted the role of Acting CEO for SIA. 

Veronica brings an extensive network of seafood industry contacts with a holistic understanding of the industry and its full spectrum of participants. Veronica has extensive experience in designing and executing effective communication and marketing strategies.

Sealink Travel Group Pty Ltd 

Chris Ha—Head of Marine Standards

Chris Ha

Chris is the Head of Marine Standards for SeaLink Travel Group, which comprises of the oversight of their 117 domestic commercial vessels including work boats, RoRo, RoPax, and passenger vessels of up to 78m. 

He is responsible for ensuring SeaLink’s ten operations around Australia have current and effective safety management systems including areas such as compliance, training, audit, investigations including continual improvement and managing the strategic direction for vessel safety. 

Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association

Karl Krause—Incoming President

Karl Krause

I am a generational fisherman/boat builder with 40 years fishing experience in the Tasmanian fishing industry in a range of sectors including Rock Lobster, scallop, shark and Blue eye Trevalla.

I’m the owner/operator of f/v KARMIN which was built at my boat building facility in Launceston Tasmania.

Currently I’m in the process of building a 24m replacement vessel in the same facility.

I have 2 sons actively involved in the fishing industry and boat building industry. One is a Marine Design Engineer and the other a qualified Fitter and Welder, Master 5 and MED2. Both also fish aboard the KARMIN.

I have recently become President of the TRLFA.

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Mark Anderson—Programme Manager 

Karl Krause

Mark Anderson is the Programme Manager for Economic Development and Fisheries Programmes with the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).  Mark has been actively involved in the Maritime Industry for more than 3 decades.  I his current role Mark has played a key role in the development of Industry accredited maritime training for Indigenous people with Growing Our Own Maritime Programme targeting Senior Students at Tagai and Northern Peninsula Area Colleges.  The TSRA coordinates and funds the Torres Strait Maritime Pathways Programme (TSMPP) that has delivered training to over 300 people across the Torres Strait for Coxswain through to Master 24 and Marine Engine driver qualifications.

The TSRA was the founding member of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Programme (TSMSP), a partnership with AMSA, Maritime Safety Queensland, Queensland Police Service, PNG National Marine Safety Authority to reduce the incidents impacts of lost seafarers in the Torres Strait.  In previous roles Mark has managed the Torres Strait Land and Sea Ranger Programme, State Compliance Manager for Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), Field Operations Coordinator for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Officer in Charge of Whitsunday Water Police for seven years where he was the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

He is passionate about marine safety and is a strong advocate for training and improved safety in the maritime industry.  Mark holds a Master 24 and MED II and has also completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) and Diplomas of Compliance Management and Search and Rescue.