ABOUT US

Alan Edenborough - Sydney Heritage Fleet
President

Alan has more than 40-years involvement with Sydney Heritage Fleet, including several 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 Project 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 he founded and convenes ICMM’s standing committee, the International Historic & Traditional Ships Panel (IHTS).

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Peter Rout - Australian National Maritime Museum
Vice President

Peter Rout (Australian National Maritime Museum)

Peter was appointed Assistant Director, Operations at the Australian National Maritime Museum in August 2005.  In this role he is responsible for HR, IT, facilities, capital works, security and the museum’s historic fleet.

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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Retired for the AMMC Board effective October 2019 - Replacement to be advised. 

Rob Bowring - Council of Inland Rivers / Mannum Dock Museum

Volunteer of the Mannum Dock Museum of River History and Chairman of the Board. He is an integral part of the workforce and driver of the Museum and has been involved in the transformation of the Mannum Dock Museum; from operating a static museum; from an old river relic; and the tourism bureau from a hut with a few brochure racks, to a nationally accredited center servicing in excess of 25,000 visitors per annum with the fully restored and operational grand old lady of the River, the Paddle Steamer “Marion”.

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Sharon Babbage - Australian National Maritime Museum
 Secretary

Sharon was appointed the Project Assistant to the Assistant Director, Operations, at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in April 2012.  She coordinates the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) grant and internship program as well as providing administrative and project support to the Operations Division.

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Paul Clark - Museum and Gallery Northern Territory
Board Member

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Robert de Jong - Maritime Museum of Townsville
Board Member

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Jason Fair - Western Australian Museum
Board Member

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Mark Hosking- Maritime Museum of Tasmania
 
Treasurer 

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

Board Member

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Diana Lorentz - Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
Board Member

 

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Dr Ian MacLeod

Board Member                            

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
Board Member

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Jaydeyn Thomas - Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport

Board Member

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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Mesh Thomson - Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Board Member

Mesh Thomson was born and educated in Echuca, therefore saw it as a natural progression after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Tourism) degree at RMIT University Melbourne to return home to start her career.

 

This career commenced at the Port of Echuca in 2002 with 6 years as Executive Officer and in her current role for the last 8 years as Exhibits Manager.

 

Mesh is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies through Deakin University which she hopes to complete next year

 

When she is not working Mesh loves nothing better than ‘dragging’ her family along to other museums, especially those with a maritime focus!!

 

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Elise van Gorp - Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Board Member

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Andrew Raftis - Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Ltd 

Board Member

Andrew is a professional risk and assurance executive; and has run risk, audit, compliance and financial control functions and has held board-related roles in Australia and overseas. Andrew worked in insurance for 30 years and developed an interest in marine coverage and shipping while working in Paris, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Zurich.  He recently joined the board of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network as Treasurer.

 

Andrew holds Law and Commerce degrees (Melb), a Post-Grad Diploma in Commercial Law (Mon) and a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (IIA). He works as a consultant and interim executive on strategy, governance, risk and assurance matters. He is a policy committee member of the AMP Employee Super Plan and is a Governance, Audit & Risk Committee member of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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