We celebrate the growing number of women in our organisation and the broader maritime industry.

They bring diverse skills, perspectives, and knowledge to enrich the work we do to keep our marine environment safe and clean, and to save lives at sea and onshore. 

Women at AMSA



Aviation search and rescue
Sheridan Jones

AMSA Aviation search and rescue mission coordinator Sheridan Jones describes her career and encourages a fulfilling career in the sector.

"it's mapped a career I never knew of"
Safety Liaison Advisor
Desley Thompson

AMSA Advisor Safety Liaison, Desley Thompson encourages women to join the Maritime industry. As a proud Waribarra and Tagalaka woman, Desley seeks to be a role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls looking for a career in the maritime sector.

"it's a place that's open to having women in the industry"




Chair of AMSA Board
Captain Jeanine Drummond

Captain Jeanine Drummond, Marine Consultant and AMSA board member, hopes her 30year career within the maritime industry can inspire others to seek a fulfilling career in the sector.

"to become Harbour Master for the Port of Newcastle, one of Australia's largest ports, it's been wonderful"
Future Operations Manager
Shontelle Chamtaprieo

AMSA Future Operations Manager Shontelle Chamtaprieo discusses how the Australian maritime sector can support increasing gender diversity in the industry.

"you don’t just need to drive a ship to contribute to the sector"



Maritime Search and Rescue Officer
Clare Draper

Clare Draper, Maritime Search and Rescue Officer discusses what International Day of Women in Maritime means to her and reflects on what attracted her to work within search and rescue.

"it's very rewarding to see great outcomes"
Tasmanian Liaison Officer
Claire Cunningham

Claire has been AMSA’s Tasmanian Liaison officer for almost three and a half years, seeking a change after a regulatory role in state government. Read an interview with Claire.

"the domestic maritime sector is so varied and full of interesting characters"

Claire Cunningham - Tasmanian Liaison Officer

Dr Michelle Grech
Manager Vessel Operations
Dr Michelle Grech

Dr Grech has worked in the maritime industry for 25 years. Following the completion of her mechanical engineering degree, she started working as a commissioning engineer in a shipbuilding company. Read an interview with Dr Grech.

"as a commissioning engineer my role was to make systems work on a ship - and I got hooked"

Women in industry