Tasmanian commercial fisherman and offshore services operator, Mr Stuart Richey AM, was appointed Chair of the Board on 21 November 2014 for a period of five years. Since July 2013, Mr Richey had been serving as a Board member and since April 2014 as the Deputy Chair. Mr Richey brings a strong leadership style and many years’ experience in marine policy and planning to the Board. Mr Richey was reappointed as Chair effective from 21 November for a three year term. Between 1992 and 2001, Mr Richey served as foundation member and Deputy Chair on the Board of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. From 2003 to 2012, he was Deputy Chair of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Mr Richey currently Chairs several industry advisory bodies and associations.
As Managing Director of Richey Fishing Company and Richey Services, Mr Richey’s business includes salmon, scallop, squid, and marine charter operations.
Mr Richey was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his service to the commercial fishing industry. His focus on the promotion of sustainable use of Australian Government managed fishery resources and the development of new national marine polices and safety legislation has been particularly beneficial to the industry. Mr Richey is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds current Master IV and MED qualifications.
Ms Jennifer Clarke (Deputy Chair)
Ms Jennifer Clark was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board on 10 February 2015 and reappointed on 10 February 2020 for a further five years. Ms Clark was appointed to the Board on 8 May 2012 and was appointed Chair of the AMSA Board Audit Committee in February 2014.
Ms Clark is a Board Member of the Australian Payments Network Limited and is a member of its Audit Risk and Finance Committee and Chair of the Policy Experts Group. She is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Services Australia; the Department of Defence; Australian Bureau of Statistics; Austrade; the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority; the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; the Australian Law Reform Commission; and is Chair of the Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Risk Advisory Committee. Ms Clark is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the Department of Finance and the Parliamentary Budget Office. Ms Clark is also a member of the Department of Home Affairs Audit Committee.
Ms Clark has an extensive background in business, finance and governance through a career as a Non-Executive Director since 1991 and as an Investment Banker for over 20 years. In her banking career, Ms Clark provided advice to the Commonwealth Government and was responsible for funding major infrastructure projects and arranging finance for a large number of Australian companies. Ms Clark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a Board member of a number of companies and Commonwealth Government agencies over the past 26 years.
Mr Mick Kinley (Chief Executive Officer)
Mr Mick Kinley became AMSA’s Chief Executive Officer on 26 August 2014 and was reappointed from 1 July 2020 for a further four year term. Mr Kinley was previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and held that position from October 2008. Mr Kinley joined AMSA in Cairns as a Marine Surveyor in 1994. He has since gained experience across all of our business areas with a focus on maritime safety and casualty response.
Prior to joining AMSA, Mr Kinley had an extensive career with BHP. He started as an engineer cadet with BHP Transport and sailed with the BHP fleet before serving in various shore-based roles, including fleet safety instructor and project engineer.
Mr Kinley holds an Australian Chief Engineer Class 1 Certificate, a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Engineering, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies. Mr Kinley is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Peter Toohey
Mr Peter Toohey was appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Board on 17 June 2015 and reappointed on 21 November 2018 for a further three year term.
Mr Toohey is currently Chief Engineer, Brisbane Tugs with Svitzer Australia. He is Secretary for the Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers. He has participated in eighteen salvages with United Salvage and Svitzer Salvage as Salvage engineer since 1991 until 2015.
Mr Toohey began his career with Howard Smith Industries as an apprentice Fitter and Turner and Marine Engineer student in 1974 and became a seagoing marine engineer in 1978 working in all positions from 7th to Chief Engineer on tankers and bulk carriers with Howard Smith Shipping.
Ms Jane Cutler
Ms Jane Cutler was appointed to the Board on 10 September 2017 for a period of three years.
Ms Cutler is currently Director of the Southern Ports Authority and member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee. She is Deputy President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of the Western Australian Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Cutler has thirty years of board level and senior executive experience across the public, commercial and not for profit sectors. She has particular experience in the resources, oil and gas, financial services, maritime, environment and technology industries. She has actively served on a diverse range of board subcommittee’s contributing both as a member and Chair including audit and risk, finance, investment, selection, diversity and events committee responsibilities. Most recently, Ms Cutler was Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority.
Ms Cutler has a Bachelor of Chemical and Materials Engineering (HONs), a Master of Environmental Studies, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Mr Anthony Briggs
Mr Anthony (Tony) Briggs was appointed to the AMSA Board on 21 November 2018 for a three year term. Mr Briggs is the founder and former Managing Director of Coral Princess Cruises. Mr Briggs founded the Cairns-based small ship company in 1984 and remained its Managing Director until 2014, when the company was sold. Mr Briggs has had experience as Master and/or engineer for Haman Island; Hayles Ferries; Pacific Tug and Westham Dredging. Mr Briggs is a Director, of the Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) and a member of SMP Finance Committee. He is a former member of Queensland Marine Board Cooperative Research Centre for the Ecological Sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef. Mr Briggs has Master Class 3 (Trading) and Marine Engine Drive (Motor) Grade 1.
Dr Rosalie Balkin AO
Dr Rosalie Balkin was appointed to the AMSA Board on 21 November 2018 for a three year term. She is currently Secretary-General of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), (the first woman to be so elected in that NGO’s 120 year history), Ethics Officer for the World Maritime University and member of the Seafarers Rights International Advisory Board.
From 1998 to 2013 Dr Balkin served as Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). During that time she was Secretary of IMO’s Legal Committee and Executive Secretary of IMO’s Council and Assembly. From 2011 to her retirement she was promoted to IMO’s Assistant Secretary-General. Prior to joining IMO, she held academic positions at universities in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom. After a period as Legal Adviser to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Dr Balkin worked for some years in the Office of International Law in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.
Dr Balkin was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) in January 2018 for her distinguished service to maritime law through roles in a range of organisations, to the improvement of global shipping transport safety and standards and to education as an academic and author. Dr Balkin was the editor of the International Maritime Law Institute Treatise on Global Ocean Governance Vol III, published by Oxford University Press in 2018 and was a member of the Conciliation Commission established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which facilitated Timor Leste and Australia reaching agreement on their maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea.
Dr Ian Poiner
Dr Ian Poiner was appointed to the AMSA Board on 13 November 2019 for a period of three years.
Dr Poiner is the current Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Chair of the Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium. His recent roles include Chair of the Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System; Marine National Facility Steering Committee; CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Advisory Committee; and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.
Following a successful research career at CSIRO (1985–2004), Dr Poiner served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science from 2004 to 2011. He was a member of the International Scientific Steering Committee of the Census of Marine Life from 2002 and its Chair from 2007 to 2013. From 2012 to 2016 he was Chair of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Science Panel.
Dr Poiner holds a BSc Hons 1A Zoology and PhD Zoology from the University of Queensland and an Honorary Doctor of Science from James Cook University. Dr Poiner is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Dr Rachel Bacon
Dr Rachel Bacon was appointed to the AMSA Board in an ex-officio capacity on 19 November 2018. Dr Bacon holds the position of Deputy Secretary responsible for Regional and Territories in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Her 20 year career in the public service has included senior positions at the Departments of Environment and Energy, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Attorney-General’s. Dr Bacon also served for more than two years in the Northern Territory public service as Deputy CEO in the Department of the Chief Minister.
Dr Bacon is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and her PhD, awarded in 2005, focused on administrative law and organisational change.
Dr Russell Reichelt
Dr Russell Reichelt was appointed to the Board on 7 August 2007, reappointed in 2010, 2013, and then again in November 2016 until his departure on 11 November 2019. From December 2019, Dr Reichelt was appointed as an independent member on AMSA’s Board Audit Committee.
Dr Reichelt is currently the Australian Prime Minister’s representative for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: a 14-country consortium led by Norway and Palau; Chairman of NSW Marine Estate Management Authority; and a board member of the Climate Change Authority and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Limited (pro bono).
Dr Reichelt has served as Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Chief Executive Officer and board member of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and as Chairman of Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Seafood Services Australia Limited. He has also been Chairman of the Commonwealth’s National Oceans Advisory Group.
He holds a PhD in Marine Science (tropical marine science) from the University of Queensland, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (UK), and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.