ABOUT US

Alan Edenborough - Sydney Heritage Fleet (NSW) 
President - Appointed Institutional delegate

Alan has more than 40-years involvement with Sydney Heritage Fleet, including terms on the Board.  He led the discovery and salvage from southern Tasmania of the Fleet’s now restored 1874 barque James Craig. He is currently Project Director and Specialist Consultant with the Fleet.

Alan began his career as a television news journalist and documentary maker with Sydney’s Channel 7. From there he moved to a political PR firm handling major corporate accounts. Then followed an invitation to join TIME Magazine and more than a decade as marketing director in three TIME areas of the world; South Pacific, Canada and finally Europe, Middle East & Africa based in London.

Throughout these years Alan maintained close contact with the SHF while being closely involved with historic ship preservation in the international arena.

Alan returned to Australia to develop and manage Sydney Heritage Fleet’s strategic planning, a task he continues today, together with his role as Relocation Director in the Fleet’s search for a permanent Sydney Harbour home.

Alan is President of the AMMC; a member of the Steering Committee and Council of the Australian Register for Historic Vessels (ARHV); a member of of the Executive Council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM); and founder of ICMM’s standing Ships committee.

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Peter Rout - Australian National Maritime Museum (National) 
Vice President - Appointed Institutional delegate

Peter was appointed Assistant Director, Operations at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in August 2005.  In this role he was responsible for HR, IT, facilities, capital works, security and the museum’s historic fleet.  Peter retired from the ANMM in December 2019 but continues to represent the ANMM on the AMMC Board.  

Before joining the Australian National Maritime Museum he managed a privately owned facilities management company with a range of NSW government contracts.

Before this appointment, he worked for 22 years in the ship repair and refit industry, (at Garden Island, NSW), performing a range of roles, including the management of the of Captain Cook Graving Dock; management of the ship production group comprising 450 trades and technical staff; and the project management of the last main refit of an Oberon Class submarine completed in Australia, ($150 m/1.6 m man hours).

He is a professionally qualified Naval Architect, BE (Naval Architecture) UNSW and has completed a Masters of Engineering Science (Construction Management) UNSW.

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Council of Inland Rivers / Mannum Dock Museum (SA)

Board Member - Appointed Institutional delegate

Rob Bowring retired for the AMMC Board effective October 2019 - A replacement for the Council of Inland Rivers / Mannum Dock Museum (as an Appointed Institution) is to be advised.

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Sharon Babbage - Australian National Maritime Museum (National) 
 Secretary - Elected Institutional delegate

Sharon has worked at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) since 2011.  She coordinates the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) grants and internships program.  She is currently in the role of Project Coordinator Regional Programs,  working closely with the Temporary and Touring Exhibitions / Interpretation and Design Team.  Prior to this she was Project Officer to the Assistant Director, Operations for over seven years. 

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Paul Clark - Museum and Gallery Northern Territory (NT)
Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

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Robert de Jong - Maritime Museum of Townsville (QLD) 
Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

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Jason Fair - Western Australian Museum (WA) 
Board Member - Appointed Institutional delegate

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Mark Hosking- Maritime Museum of Tasmania (TAS) 
 
Treasurer - Appointed Institutional delegate

Mark arrived in Tasmania in 2004 following half a career in Transport Management in the tourism sector in the UK and, for a short time, Sydney. As the Maritime Museum of Tasmania’s part-time Administration Officer, Mark works with a dedicated team of volunteers and finds himself involved in all aspects of the museum’s life.  

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Paul Rees - South Australian Maritime Museum (SA)

Board Member - Appointed Institutional delegate

Paul is the Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum and the National Motor Museum, both of which are museums of the History Trust of South Australia. Paul has worked in the arts and cultural sector for many years. Prior to the History Trust he was the Manager of Cultural Heritage at the then SA Government lead agency, Arts South Australia. He loves to cook and loves live music.

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Diana Lorentz - Jervis Bay Maritime Museum (NSW) 
Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

Diana Lorentz has a BA (Design) and has worked in the cultural and arts sector (read Museums) for over 20 years, working primarily as an Exhibition Designer and then Design Manager in a museum in Sydney. A passion for museums, collections, audience engagement and well designed visitor experiences, Diana completed a Master of Design (Research) in the area of immersive experiences - an area often misunderstood in the museum context. She moved to south coast NSW in 2004 working as a museum consultant and has been the Director of the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum since 2015, attracted by its outstanding Halloran Collection of scientific and maritime instruments and the only surviving wooden Sydney ferry (c1911) built locally.

www.jervisbaymaritimemuseum.org 

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Dr Ian MacLeod (WA) 

Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate                 

Dr Ian MacLeod is a Fellow of the Western Australian Museum and has retired from active administration roles after 38 years. Ian is passionate about decay and how the corrosion and degradation patterns tell the stories of the past and provide the correct path for stabilising objects for future research and exhibition.

Formerly a member of the Directory Board of the International Council of Museum’s Committee for Conservation he continues to be actively involved in conservation research. He is also a former President of the Australasian Corrosion Association and currently the Chair of the Swan Bells Foundation. He is the senior lay canon at St Georges Anglican Cathedral and a bell ringer.

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Emma Di Muzio - Queensland Maritime Museum (QLD) 
Board Member - Appointed Institutional delegate

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Jaydeyn Thomas - Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport (TAS) 

Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

Currently the Coordinator and Curator of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre in Devonport, Tasmania, Jaydeyn Thomas moved from Queensland in 2015 to take up the position of Curator at the Burnie Regional Museum. Jaydeyn was born in Tamworth, NSW in 1980 but moved to Queensland in 1990, so officially barracks for the maroons when asked (but does not actually care about football). Moving from the pleasant seaside town of Terrigal, NSW to rural Warwick, Qld; then starting off at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Jaydeyn is currently a PhD student at the University in Queensland in Brisbane, studying Aboriginal archaeology. During these studies, Jaydeyn audited the Macarthur Museum of Brisbane’s collection and thoroughly enjoyed the museum experience. Jaydeyn's studies are based on mapping representations of Aboriginal cultural landscapes, with a site focus on Gummingurru, a stone arrangement site in south east Queensland. Living once more in a pleasant seaside town, Ulverstone, with a dog, Bertie, and a cat, Agatha, aptly named after P.G. Wodehouse characters. Jaydeyn looks forward to working on the Australian Maritime Museums Council board to achieve interesting things in the sector.

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Port of Echuca Discovery Centre (VIC) 

Board Member - Appointed Institutional delegate

Mesh Thomson - resigned for the AMMC Board effective July 2020 - A replacement representative for the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre (as an Appointed Institution) is to be advised.

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Elise van Gorp - Albany's Historic Whaling Station (WA) 

Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

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Vacancy

Board Member - Elected Institutional delegate

Andrew Raftis - Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Ltd (VIC) resigned from the AMMC Board effective June 2020. 

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