Current AMC Board Members
Paul Gregg specialises in finance and business strategy.
Mr Gregg is an experienced mariner with 30 years involvement with the Royal Australian Navy. From a business point of view, he specialises in finance and business strategy with a focus on delivering tangible board outcomes. Mr Gregg owns a financial services business and is on the board of a number of organisations including the University of Tasmania Council.
Mr Gregg served in the Navy from 1987 to 2017 in both a permanent and reserve capacity. As a full-time officer in the Navy, he navigated two submarines; and upon transferring to the Reserve he moved into the diving world and fulfilled a range of roles across the Navy including seaworthiness and theatre anti-submarine warfare.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Maritime Studies, Master of Information Systems and an MBA. He is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and is an FCPA. In his spare time, he enjoys flying helicopters, Army Reserve, Krav Maga and teaching his two sons important life skills.
"Being a member of the University of Tasmania Council, I have been able to watch AMC significantly evolve over the past few years," Mr Gregg said.
"My goal is for AMC to continue that evolution by significantly growing both student and research revenue and, importantly, establishing new partnerships both domestically and internationally."
Professor Sarah Derrington is Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialising in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration.
She has published in leading international journals in the field of marine insurance and carriage of goods by sea and, with James M Turner of the English Bar, co-authored The Law & Practice of Admiralty Matters (OUP, 2007). She was the co-Editor of the Queensland Reports from July 2011 until May 2015.
Sarah is a Director of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), Immediate Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ), a member of the Commonwealth's Admiralty Rules Committee, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Institute of Company Directors, the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and of the Australian Academy of Law.
Carol Dooley is a Master Mariner, Marine Pilot and Offshore Mooring Master in North West Australian ports. She became the Manager of West Coast Pilots in 2009 for a period of four years.
Followed by four years as their Quality Health, Safety and Environment Manager.
Carol has extensive experience in the maritime industry having served on Oil Tankers, LNG Vessels and Bulk Carriers.
Having commenced her seagoing career with Sail Training on Tall Ships it culminated in her being Master of 105,000 tonne LNG Carriers operating on the spot market worldwide.
She then commenced Pilotage and Loading Master roles in the North West Shelf port of Dampier in 2005 before joining West Coast Pilots as a Pilot and Loading Master, berthing and loading Panamax and Handymax sized bulk carriers and Tandem Mooring Aframax tankers at FPSO's in the North West of Australia. Carol also pilots Aftramax size tankers onto SBM's and has experience in ship vetting and advising clients on the maintenance and improvement of vessel mooring systems.
Carol has had training experience in teaching short courses at Fremantle Maritime TAFE and in training Marine Pilots whilst Manager and Senior Pilot at West Coast Pilots. She has a firm belief in ongoing quality training being an essential part of any career path.
Carol is a member of:
- The Australian Marine Pilots Institute
- The Company of Master Mariners Australia
- Women in Shipping and Trading Australia
- Member of the Flying Angel Mission to Seafarers (Fremantle)
Janis Cocking is the Chief of Maritime Division in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). She has over thirty years' experience leading, managing and undertaking science and technology, particularly in undersea technology, for which she is an acknowledged international expert.
The Division works collaboratively with universities, industry and international laboratories to deliver high quality advice to Defence, with a focus on the Royal Australian Navy. Maritime Division is integral to effectiveness of the Royal Australian Navy and for the safety and survivability of naval ships and submarines. Dr Cocking has been a member of the Principal's Advisory Group for the Australian Maritime College, is a member of the technical committee of the Maritime Systems and Technology (MAST) conference and she leads DSTO's strategic initiative on S&T Excellence.
Previously she has sat on the course advisory board of RMIT, the board of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre and been the Australian National representative of the international Technical Collaboration program (TTCP) on Materials Technology with the USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. Before being appointed Chief of Division, Dr Cocking co-ordinated DSTO's program to help overcome the emergent deficiencies in the capability of Collins class submarines. During this time she established programs of research in undersea technology, including hydrodynamics and unmanned underwater vehicles. Dr Cocking started her career with DSTO after completing a degree in metallurgy at the University of Melbourne. She has been acting in the position of Deputy Chief Defence Scientist Strategy and Program since October 2015.
Captain Allan Gray had a 20 year career at sea. During this period he traded on various vessels from RO-RO, container and Bulk through to the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway. Trading patterns included Japan/Far East, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States.
On coming ashore with AMSA and Maritime Safety Queensland he was involved in the management of marine incidents and as Manager Vessel Traffic Management at VTS Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. During this time Allan diversified into Systems development and management with extensive experience in the operation of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance, Berth Warning Systems, Ship movement displays and Real time Geographic information Systems.
In 2004 Captain Gray was head hunted by Perkins Shipping in Darwin to come in as Marine Manager. This position was a Senior Management Position responsible for the management of the Marine sector of Perkins Shipping which included Operational Management of shipping movements (including scheduling), systems development including safety management systems, training and project management. The position provided marine Technical advice to the executive team.
Captain Gray joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master / Manager Marine and Port Operations and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008 and in addition to this statutory function was appointed General Manager Port Operations in July 2009. Captain Gray was the Federal Master (Board Chairman) for the Company of Master Mariners Australia from 2009-2013 and was awarded life membership for his contribution to raising the profile of the Company. Captain Gray is a Vice President of the International Harbour Masters Association.
Tom Black is the Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA), Tasmania Committee and is the Tasmanian representative on the National RDA Chairs Reference Group.
From 1997 to 2009, Mr Black was the Regional Manager North for the Department of Economic Development. This role was responsible for development and implementation of the Tasmanian Government's economic development strategies for Northern Tasmania. He worked closely with major industries and on community infrastructure projects throughout this time.
In 2009, he became the General Manager in Regional Development with the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development and the Arts. This role included the stimulation of economic and regional development across the state, fostering innovation and creating employment opportunities. He continued in this role until 2011.
Mr Black retired from the Tasmanian Public Service in 2012, having worked in Tasmania for 14 years on regional and economic development. He has strong networks within the Tasmanian Government, and across local government and the business community of Tasmania.
Mr Black is a former executive Director of the Northern Tasmanian Development Board, and is a past or current board member of a number of not-for-profit organisations. He has national regional development experience through his State Government involvement on the COAG Regional Development Committee and the associated Ministerial Council.
Darshi Ganeson-Oats is Director Strategic Partnerships at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) in Western Australia. Darshi has oversight of the College’s commercial activity including vocational training and workforce development solutions with key partners both onshore and offshore. Darshi has contractual oversight of the Collins Class Submarines Training program with ASC and has worked with major clients in Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Brazil, China and Indonesia.
Previous positions include: General Manager Challenger Institute of Technology responsible for the training services delivered by the Institute's nine schools and two specialist centres; Consultant with Cardno ACIL on the AusAID funded Fiji Education Sector capacity building program; experience in business expansion strategies with the global insurer AXA Insurance and with MTV Viacom both in London; Performance Analyst with the Office of the Auditor General and Economist on the National and State Accounts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Darshi is a member a of TAFE International WA’s Offshore Commercial Framework Committee developing sector wide best practices in establishing vocational education and training offshore; SMTAFE’s Maritime Industry Advisory Committee; the Peel Workforce Development Alliance Committee as well as the Transform Peel Project Committee steering the planning of this regional development. Darshi was a past member of the Australian Centre for Energy Processing Training. Darshi has a Bachelor Economics (Honours) form the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Computing from Curtin University of Technology.
Professor Mike Calford is the Provost at the University of Tasmania, the senior academic officer. Professor Calford has responsibility for the Faculties, UTAS campuses, academic staffing (including recruitment, career development, promotion and performance), community engagement and events and protocol.
Professor Calford, an accomplished neuroscientist, has served in a host of senior roles at the University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle, building upon a distinguished career as a researcher.
Professor Calford graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology from Monash University and subsequently completed his PhD with the Department of Physiology at Monash. He has received numerous prestigious research fellowships and awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship and in 1991 he was the recipient of the Australian Society for Medial Research's inaugural Australian Medical Research Award.
During his time with the University of Newcastle he served in several senior leadership roles including Head of School (Biomedical Sciences), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
He moved from the University of Newcastle to become Executive Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, along with Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medical Research) and Professor of Medical Science at the University of Wollongong.
As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) at University of Newcastle, Professor Calford helped secure $35 million toward the construction of the Hunter Medical Research Institute's headquarters.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), he led the establishment of the flagship research centre, the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, and helped secure $30 million in Education Infrastructure Funding to help develop the site for the institute.
Mike is currently a board member of Business Events Tasmania, a member of the Department of Defence – Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group and Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council – Australian Code for the Responsible conduct of Research, Supplement Working Group. Previously Mike held director positions of research and consultancy companies: ResTech Pty Ltd (until June 2013) and Newcastle Innovation (until May 2013).
Professor Neil Bose is the Principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and a Professor of Maritime Hydrodynamics. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of the AMC – National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics.
Neil obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his Ph.D. also from Glasgow in 1982. During 1974-1980 he was a partner in the Cape Wrath Boatyard, a builder of wooden and fibreglass boats and yachts. In 1983 he was appointed as a "New Blood" lecturer in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University of Glasgow.
He moved to the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1987. At Memorial, he was the Director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre from 1994-2000 and the Discipline Chair of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering from 1998 to 2003. In 2003 he was appointed to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design and he led the purchase and commissioning of an International Submarine Engineering Explorer class autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with a 3000m depth rating.
Neil came to the AMC in Tasmania in May 2007 as the Manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre. His research interests are in marine propulsion, autonomous underwater vehicles, ocean environmental monitoring, ocean renewable energy, ice/propeller interaction and aspects of offshore design. Neil is an ocean engineer and naval architect with an international reputation in marine propulsion research. Through his International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) work, he is recognised as having contributed to new ways of looking at marine powering performance prediction, an approach which is described in his 2008 book Marine Powering Prediction and Propulsors published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, USA.