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Speakers


Andrew Chapman, CMM

Principal Consultant at Gulf Marina Management & Marina Solutions, COO at Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard & President and Chairman of the Marina Industries Association (MIA)

Andrew has been involved in Marina planning, construction and management since 1984. Andrew completed his Advanced Marina Management course in the USA in early 2000 and was awarded his Certified Marina Managers (CMM) accreditation in 2002.

Andrew has been a long standing Director of the Marina Industries Association and consults to various waterfront property developments and International marina’s in his capacity as Principal Consultant at Gulf Marina Management. Andrew was also been instrumental in achiveing ISO14001 Clean Marinas Australia accreditation level 4 for Marina Hindmarsh Island in South Australia and was awarded UK Yacht Harbours 5 Gold anchors in 2003 and Australia’s marina of the year in 2003. 

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James Tuma

Urbis Consulting

James is an accomplished strategist, urban thinker and advocate for sustainable cities. His background in design combined with his ability to develop strategies for change, and to prioritise those quickly, enables them to come to life with pace and passion.

Working internationally with both Government and the private sector for over 20 years, James has advised on the creation of new towns and communities, global innovation hubs, strategic infrastructure, major events, tourism precincts and significant higher education campuses. All of his projects are met with a unique perspective and combination of a creative mind coupled with data driven decision making. 

He is qualified in urban design, built environments and landscape architecture – disciplines he draws on while coordinating projects, master planning and structure planning, as well as advising on design codes, public realm strategies and public space implementation. Since joining Urbis in 2005, he has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and Europe – from planning for new communities and townships to designing town centres and public spaces.

James focuses on imaginative solutions for sites that kindle community passions. He has made outstanding contributions in leading the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 and master planning for the city’s Queen’s Wharf redevelopment. He also contributes to improving our cities in his role as Adjunct Professor of Design at Queensland University of Technology.

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Mike Harvey CMM

General Manager, East Coast Marina & Marinas24 Conference Chair

Mike has spent most of his working life working on or beside the water. Mike has been managing Marinas since 1999 and prior to that logged over 100,000 nautical miles at sea in command of yachts and superyachts worldwide. 

Mike is a CMM since 2006 and has managed commercial floating marinas, dry stacks and shipyards between Southeast Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Mike is currently the General Manager at East Coast Marina the 550-berth wet and dry storage marina at the heart of Manly Boat Harbour, Australia’s largest small boat harbour, and is a Queensland director of the Marina Industries Association. 

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The Hon. Michael Healy MP

Minister for Tourism and Sport, Queensland

Michael was born, raised, and educated in Sydney. Whist working in the retail sector and spending some time in commercial/industrial real estate Michael gained his Advanced Certificate in Sales & Marketing at the North Sydney Technical College which saw Michael transition into hotels and transfer in 1991 from Sydney to the Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC) property in Palm Cove just north of Cairns. 

 This started Michael’s foray into the Queensland tourism industry where he worked for the next 27 years in a number of tourism businesses, including the SPHC, Hilton Hotels, Down Under Tours, and Australia’s largest marine tourism operator on the Great Barrier Reef, The Quicksilver Group, as Group Director Sales & Marketing. These roles involved extensive travelling, attending tradeshows, and engaging both retail, wholesale, and inbound suppliers world-wide.  Whilst at Quicksilver, Michael was successful in winning both the Richard Power Award for Tourism Marketing (Queensland) and the Australian Tourism Marketing Award for his highly successful retail strategy in the Chinese Market.  

  

Michael has served as a Director on the Boards of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Port Douglas Daintree Tourism, Palm Cove Tourism Association and Tourism & Events Queensland. 

  

For 10 years Michael served in a volunteer capacity on the Board and then as Chair of the non-for-profit Access Community Housing. 

  

Early 2017 Michael won the pre-selection for the seat of Cairns and was successful in that year’s State Election in winning the seat of Cairns.   During this term Michael was a member of the Small Business/Education Parliamentary Committee along with being the Government’s Superyacht “champion”. 

  

In 2020 State Election Michael retained the seat of Cairns and served as the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development until December 2023 when he was appointed as Minister for Tourism and Sport.   

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Tapas Strickland

Director of Economics, NAB

Tapas is Head of Market Economics at NAB and provides commentary and insights for our clients on the economy and financial markets including regularly kicking off the working day with key overnight updates on NAB’s Morning Call podcast.

Bringing a global perspective, Tapas has previously worked for NAB in London, and continues to work with NAB’s diverse range of clients, from SMEs to institutions, both in Australia and abroad. Prior to NAB, Tapas spent six years at the Reserve Bank of Australia and worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott governments. 

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Brett Bolton

CEO, Coriolis Marine

Brett Bolton has over 25 years’ experience in operating and managing marine tourism and marina facilities in Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.  Brett has held roles at executive levels for Public Listed Companies, Government Owned Corporations and privately owned marinas overseeing all elements of managing and operating marina businesses including;

  • CEO of d’Albora Marinas (ASX listed Ardent Leisure Group) – Australia’s largest marina group
  • General Manager Cairns Marlin Marina (Queensland Government Owned Corporation)- Australia’s largest Superyacht and reef tourism terminal and marina
  • Marina Group Manager (ASX listed Ariadne Australia) – including New Zealand’s largest Superyacht Refit and Drystack facility Orams, Mariners Cover Marina Gold Coast, Port Macquarie Marina and Batemans Bay Marina 
  • General Manager Horizon Shores Marina – Australia’s largest full-service marina
  • Operations Manager Sunlover Cruises Cairns – 100k passengers / annum reef tourism business incorporating a vessel fleet and pontoons

Brett established Coriolis Marine Pty Ltd in 2009 a marina advisory business consulting to the marina industry on master planning, feasibility, strategic business advice, acquisitions, divestment, Government liaison, tender management for waterfront projects in Australasia.  Coriolis Marine’s extensive client base includes State Government Agencies in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, as well as blue chip ASX listed companies and private owned marinas.

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David Good

CEO, Superyacht Australia

David is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), Superyacht Australia (SYA) and Australian Commercial Marine Group (ACMG). David is also a current director of the International Superyacht Society (ISS). David is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and served as an Army Infantry Officer on operations. Post military David, was the Manager Operations for the Far North Queensland Ports Corporation based in the Port of Cairns. Since joining AIMEX in July 2018, he has successfully negotiated the Special Recreational Vessel Act 2019 (Charter Laws for Foreign Superyachts) and has worked to strengthen regional cooperation within Asia and the Pacific.

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Dr John Cowie

General Manager of Investment Attraction, Brisbane Economic Development Authority (BEDA)

Dr John Cowie is the General Manager of Investment Attraction at BEDA. In this role, John leads an experienced team to drive investment demand for the city in domestic and international markets, showcasing a city that is alive with opportunity and supporting potential investors and businesses with full market entry and expansion strategies. 

John has two decades of experience in economic development and city planning and a PhD in Economics. He is passionate about data-driven insights and driving sustainable economic growth for Brisbane. 

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Andrew Sly

Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation, QLD Department of Tourism and Sport

Andrew has more than 20 years’ leadership experience in infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, property and public administration and is the Deputy Director-General leading sport and active recreation across Queensland.

Andrew previously held the position of Executive Director of Venues and Sport Infrastructure within sport and recreation where he led the program management, infrastructure planning and investment and delivery of key sporting capital projects, and the management of the Queensland Venues and Recreation Centres.

Prior to joining sport and recreation, he held the positions of Executive Director of Development Strategy and Executive Director of Regional and Residential Development at the Queensland Government’s specialist land use planning and property development unit, Economic Development Queensland, where he led the facilitation and delivery of projects and programs throughout Queensland.

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Robert Brown

Business Development Manager, RQYS

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Will Farmer

Managing Director Australia, Dale Carnegie

With over three decades dedicated to Dale Carnegie, William Farmer, MD of Dale Carnegie Australia, boasts extensive expertise in leadership training. After attaining Master Trainer status, he acquired the New Zealand Franchise in 1997.

Throughout his career, William has personally guided over 35,000 individuals towards success, with a particular focus on strategic development for CEOs and GMs. His coaching style is renowned for its impact, pushing leaders to new heights and challenging them to step outside their comfort zones.

Among his esteemed clientele are Hutchinson Builders, Rio Tinto, Telstra and some clients  in the Marine industry, Gold Coast City Marina, The Royal Yacht Squadron, BEP and Gurit. Recognised as a leading Engagement Specialist in Australasia, William continues to empower organizations to achieve their full potential.

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Jayson McDonald CMM

CEO Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay

Jayson McDonald embodies the spirit of boating and camaraderie that defines the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay. His dedication to the maritime community, coupled with his passion for boating, continues to enrich the boating lifestyle, ensuring the club’s success for generations to come. Jayson has continued to maintain his professional maritime qualifications as master (AMSA NC 45) with his previous role as a captain in the superyacht industry, NSW Water Police and NSW Port Corporation. Coupling with his Marina Management (CMM) qualifications, a Diploma in Project Management and Business places him well as CEO of the Royal Motor Yacht Club. Jayson continues his positions on the Marina Industry Association education committee and his position on the Superyacht Australia committee. 

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Martin Silk

Risk Manager, d’Albora Marinas

Martin originates from both Engineering and Marine Industry backgrounds.  In conjunction with safety and environmental risks, he is involved in managing assets, procurement, contractors, suppliers, plus some specialist areas of the business such as drinking water treatment and training.  

Martin has excellent site knowledge, which he shares with the site and senior management teams to ensure operation risk is kept as low as possible.

Away from work Martin enjoys spending time with his family, either sailing on Sydney Harbour or Rock Climbing.

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Suzanne Davies

CEO, Marina Industries Association

Suzanne commenced as the CEO of the Marina Industries Association in 2020 following 15 years in senior management roles in the marina industry including General Manager Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and CEO of d’Albora Marinas. Prior to taking on the CEO role, Suzanne was a director of the MIA 2012- 2020 and the Treasurer 2013- 2020.  She was a Director of Australian Sailing 2019-2024.  Prior to the marina industries, Suzanne held senior roles in several large domestic and international organisations and spent several years in the education sector as an undergraduate lecturer. 

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Chris Stone

Operations Manager, Marina Industries Association

Chris joined the MIA in early 2024 after working as a Race Director for several years, operating some of the world’s largest sailing events. During this time, he worked closely with some of the biggest port and marina facilities in countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Finland. Before that, Chris held senior management positions for 14 years at various clubs in Sydney, including Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. He also has previous experience managing marina facilities in Sydney Harbour.

Chris has served on several advisory committees with NSW Maritime, the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Sailing, and World Sailing. 

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Karen Baldwin

CEO, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS)

Karen has held roles as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer in Yacht Clubs around Australia over the last 18 years, including Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Fremantle Sailing Club and currently CEO at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. In addition to these roles, Karen is actively engaged with the MIA (Marina Industry Association) including as a Director for 9 years, works closely with the BIA (Boating Industry Association) and Australian Sailing.

Karen is committed to improvement of the facilities where she has worked in both facilities, member engagement, environment, good governance and financial sustainability.

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Andrew Rokstad CMM

Ports North/Marlin Marina Cairns

Andrew is an experienced maritime professional with more than two decades working near and on the ocean. In 2018, Ports North appointed him to the role of Marina Manager, responsible for all operations at the Cairns Marlin Marina. During his leadership he has significantly grown superyacht visitation, built customer relationships and a workforce who are focused on delivering value-adding services. Promoting a strong focus on safety, efficiency and enhancing existing assets to meet customer expectations has been a standout aspect since his commencement.

Previously, Andrew spent 18 years on the water as a Master>35 working in the tourism industry and working closely with shipyards, suppliers, and marine service providers. In addition to strong industry experience, he developed his ability to lead productive teams and contribute to industry excellence.

He is the Vice Chair of Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef and works closely with industry professionals to ensure continuity of this striving sector and promotion of the Far north Region.

Andrew is originally from New Zealand and moved to Cairns in 2001 where he has stayed ever since. The climate, lifestyle and thriving maritime sector make the region home. Away from work Andrew enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that Cairns offers, from spending time on the Great Barrier Reef, islands, and the world heritage national parks.

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Zoe Hawkins

Wild Media

Zoe Hawkins, Writer and Communicator, Wilde Media Limited  

Marinas and boatyards are complex operational environments and communication can be a great way of facilitating change, getting happier customers and more bookings, and making the big projects happen.  

Zoe Hawkins is a freelance communications consultant who has worked in the marine and marinas industry for more than twenty years. In fact, she likes to say that she has worked in social media since before social media was invented.  

Zoe has a diverse client portfolio involving the marinas industry, marine biosecurity, marine events and more. She believes that communication is usually best done simply and cost-effectively. 

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Nic Douglas

Sunset Media

Nic Douglass, also known as the “Sailor Girl,” is a renowned Australian sailor, multi-platform journalist, commentator, and media personality.  

Nic started sailing at a young age and has been successful in numerous international regattas and championships. Her love for the sport led her to pursue a career in sailing journalism, where she has become a well-respected and prominent figure in the sailing world especially in regards to diversity and inclusion.  

She is a three-time open World Champion Tasar sailor, has won two Olympic level grade one events in Women’s Match Racing while on the Australian Sailing Development Squad training for the London Olympics 2012, and has been crowned Australian National Champion over ten-times in various classes across fleet and match racing. 

Originally trained in corporate communications with a BA Communication, and Post-Graduate degrees in Marketing and Psychology, Nic worked across a range of strategic communication and broadcast positions for over ten years in her earlier career.  

Known for her bubbly personality, infectious energy, and unwavering enthusiasm for sailing, it was only a matter of time before the sailing and communications passions collided, and Nic found her purpose in life, to promote the sport that she loves.  

Through her business Adventures of a Sailor Girl or @SailorGirlHQ, Nic produces content promoting sailing events, brands, and sailors themselves while following events around the world. Her media coverage of sailing events, including interviews with sailors and behind-the-scenes glimpses to bring forward the sport’s personalities, has earned her a large following on social media and also led to being awarded Australian Sailing’s ‘Sport Promotion Award’ for three years running (2017, 2018, 2019). 

Nic was the on-site host and English Announcer for VIPs, Athletes, Officials, Sport Personnel, and all Victory Ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Sailing), is currently the Global Adrenaline Lounge Host for the SailGP, and will be the “Attack Reporter” for World Sailing at the World Sailing Championship at The Hague in 2023.  

She has also managed and will host the Discover Sailing & Paddling Hub stage at the Sydney International Boat Show, and will be managing content and hosting at Hamilton Island Race Week once again in 2023.  

Apart from her media work, Nic is also involved in community sailing initiatives, particularly those aimed at getting more women and young people involved in the sport. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in sailing and works tirelessly to promote these values. 

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Andra Bite

Andra Bite Consulting

Andra Bite is a renowned marketing and PR consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is the Founding Director of Andra Bite Consulting, a leading agency that provides bespoke marketing and PR services to high-end luxury brands. Andra specialises in a variety of sectors, including retail, marine, travel/tourism, property, fashion, and major events. Andra offers a comprehensive approach to marketing and PR, from strategic planning to implementation across all platforms, including branding, advertising, website/digital marketing, social media, content development, events, and activations. Her hands-on approach and commitment to delivering results have earned her a reputation for excellence.

Some of her notable projects include managing the complete marketing for Brisbane Arcade, providing PR and sponsorship services for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, managing PR for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, and working with Benetti on their expansion into Australia’s luxury boating market.

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Sarah Shevy

Growth Manager, Energy On

Since 2019, Sarah has been part of Energy On, and boasts 15 years in office management and 10 years in sales and marketing for small businesses. With expertise spanning administration, customer service, and communications, she skilfully leads the Growth team. Sarah plays a pivotal role from the initial site enquiry to client onboarding, ensuring clear messaging about Energy On’s services to sites including marinas and occupiers. Her dynamic background enables her to effectively engage with stakeholders, driving the company’s expansion and innovation in energy solutions. 

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Clive Pearce

Managing Director, Energy On

Throughout his career, Clive has dedicated himself to mastering the intricate facets of regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, product and pricing strategies, and holistic energy management. Now at the helm of Energy On, Clive is steering the ship towards innovative horizons. His commitment lies in delivering tailored energy solutions that not only meet clients’ needs but also pave the way for sustainable success. 

In his role at Energy On, Clive is responsible for guiding strategic vision, overseeing board governance, and navigating the financial landscape. His unwavering focus remains on ensuring clients receive unparalleled service, underscoring Energy On’s commitment to excellence in every interaction. 

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James Hardgrove

Senior Energy Consultant, Choice Energy

James Hardgrove is a Senior Energy Consultant for Choice Energy, with nearly 3-years of experience in helping manage the energy market and costs for a variety of industries. Currently working with more than 40 members of the MIA and looking forward to working with the MIA to ensure we can help many more members in the future. James graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Business and works closely with members to provide the perfect fit for their business, when he’s not reading about the energy market he enjoys fishing, cooking, and golf. 

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Lyndon Turner

CEO, Nautilus Marine Insurance

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Nautilus Marine and NM Insurance since 2007, leading a team of over 80 staff across operations in Australia and New Zealand. Over 25 years insurance industry experience, holding senior management positions and working across all insurance functions including claims, underwriting, broking, advocacy, and development. In addition to responsibilities within NM, a director of both the Marina Industries Association and the New Zealand Underwriting Agencies Council, he is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Snr Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. 

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Matt Ruwald

All Marine Power Solutions

Matt is a  lithium-ion battery expert and the Director and Owner of AllMarine Power Solutions, an Australian-based company specialising in marine-grade lithium batteries.  He will highlight the safety issues with portable items powered by lithium-ion batteries.  Matt has provided a great deal of education support to marinas in recent times to equip marina owners and operators with the information they need to manage lithium related risks.  The industry is grateful to Matt for his support and looks forward to hearing from him again at Marinas24.   

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Mark Halverson

Executive Manager, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)

Superintendent Mark Halverson is Executive Manager State Fire Safety Section, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).
Mark commenced employment with the Brisbane Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1986 and worked as an operational firefighter and Station Officer for 26 years.
Since 2012 Mark has worked in functional roles within QFES building fire safety and compliance units.

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Murray Nystrom

Director, Australian Forensic Pty Ltd

Murray’s career in forensic science began with the Queensland Police, undertaking his first forensic investigation in 1977. Now, with over 7000 investigations behind him and a career in the private sector since 1988, there is pretty much nothing he hasn’t examined, specialising in fires and explosions. Briefed by clients worldwide he travels extensively across Australia and the Pacific for insurers, law firms, manufacturers, mining companies and even the state government who seek his expertise in underground mining explosions. In his private time, he loves a cabernet and the rugby league. 

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Tim Smith

Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

Tim is a Principal within the firm’s Commercial division. Acting for a broad cross-section of clients, including both private industry and government sectors, he has a particular interest in the areas of agriculture, marinas and independent education. Tim’s extensive experience involves advising local governments, marina clients and incorporated associations, agri-business transactions, negotiating and drafting Land Access Agreements, as well as commercial property leasing, acquisitions and reviewing.

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Lorraine Yates CMP

General Manager, White Bay 6 Marine Park

Lorraine is a Director of the MIA and Councillor for NSW BIA and is General Manager of award-winning White Bay 6 Marine Park and Sydney Harbour Boat Storage in Sydney Harbour. 

Lorraine studied at the University of NSW before moving to Canberra mastering her skills as a policy advisor with both the Australian and NSW Governments. Strong family ties to Sydney’s working harbour eventually drew her back where she founded and operated a commercial fleet in Sydney Harbour for ten years. As General Manager White Bay 6, Lorraine targets safety in the workplace, quality assurance, the development of positive customer relationships and overall continuous improvement as key priorities that have resulted in White Bay 6 becoming one of the most sought after boat service facilities on Sydney Harbour. 

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Irina Atanasova

Australia Sales Manager – Yacht Coatings Marine, Protective and Yacht, Akzo Nobel

 

Irina’s career history encompasses a variety of industries including government, manufacturing, hospitality, marketing and yacht brokerage. Irina joined global paint manufacturer AkzoNobel in 2019 with a decade of experience in the yacht industry in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. She has an MBA in Marketing from San Diego State University, and a Masters Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Malta.

Irina speaks 6 languages and has a black belt in Taekwondo, Wave 1 Freediving and certified NACE Coating Inspector – Level 2 qualifications. She enjoys bringing a fresh perspective to any discussion and looking for innovative ways to solve industry challenges.

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Nick McGuire

Business Development Manager, The Yard Brisbane

Nick McGuire, is currently a General Management at The Yard Brisbane, bringing experience from previous roles at The Yard Brisbane, Launchingpad Property Consultants, PRDnationwide and Rental Expresss.

Nick holds a 1991 – 1994 B.Urban & Regional.Planning in Town Planning @ University of New England (AU). With a robust skill set that includes Real Estate, Property, Residential Homes, Commercial Real Estate, Marketing and more.

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Luke McCaul

Director, Zeal Marinas

With a sharp eye for business innovation and benchmarking in the marine industry, Luke is a driven leader with a proven track record working with high-profile brands in general management, business performance, customer experience management, and marketing and branding.

Driving business revenue and achieving benchmark standards and quality customer experiences is a core specialty that has led to the success of businesses in Luke’s previous roles achieving the highest industry awards including ‘Marina of the Year’, ‘Marketing Initiative of the Year’, and 5 Gold Anchor benchmark accreditations.

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Steve Sammes CMM

General Manager, Sanctuary Cove Marina & Country Club

Steve Sammes CMM, General Manager, ‘Mulpha Sanctuary Cove Marina’ and ‘Sanctuary Cove Country Club’ 

Steve has been with Mulpha for the past six years at Sanctuary Cove. He has had more than 34 years’ managerial experience in the marina industry, with impressive career credentials, including being one of the founding directors of the Global Marina Institute (GMI), and a former board director of the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and chairman of their Education Committee. Steve was awarded his Certified Marina Manager (CMM) designation in 2000, becoming CMM #84. He has been active with the Boating Industry Association (BIA), as a former Chairman of the Queensland Marina Division and currently serves as a committee member with Superyacht Australia, QLD Division. 

During his career, Steve has been actively involved with many successful marina expansion projects, including those at Sanctuary Cove in recent years. In June 2022, his Mulpha managerial portfolio was expanded to take up the additional position as General Manager at the Sanctuary Cove Country Club and again earlier this year with the inclusion of the marina at Hayman Island, QLD.  

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David Kurczewski

Vice President – Brunswick Corporation and General Manager – Freedom Boat Club Asia-Pacific

David is a Vice President at Brunswick Corporation, the global leader in marine recreation, delivering technology-driven experiences through trusted brands such as Mercury Marine, Fliteboard, BLA, Lowrance, Simrad, Boston Whaler, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Trophy, Arvor and Freedom Boat Club.

David is responsible for launching and growing Brunswick’s Freedom Boat Club subscription boating business in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, predominately through independently owned franchise locations. David is also responsible for Brunswick-wide legal support for the company’s operations outside the US and Canada. Prior to Brunswick, David was a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago focusing on cross-border mergers & acquisitions.

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Chris Derksema

CEO, Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA)

Chris leads the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) through place-based planning and delivery and management of marine and land-based infrastructure that improve access, connections and destinations for the Gold Coast waterways users and the community. 

Prior to joining GCWA, Chris was the Sustainability Director at the City of Sydney where he led them to become the first carbon neutral certified government organisation in Australia, implement decentralised energy and water grids, embed climate resilience into $8B asset portfolio and establish globally leading industry partnerships. 

Chris has previously worked in the property, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors locally and overseas, both in government and consulting roles. Chris has an Environment Engineering Degree, and Executive MBA, and is a recipient of the Vincent Fairfax Leadership and Ethics Award. 

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Greg Fisk

Senior Principal Consultant, BMT

Greg is a Senior Principal Consultant from BMT with over 25 years of experience in natural hazard and climate change-related risk and resilience studies.    

With a particular focus and interest on the coastal and marine domain, Greg is assisting seaports, airports and other maritime clients to understand transition and physical risks from climate change and to develop practical approaches to decarbonisation and resilience.  In addition to his consulting role, Greg is one of four global climate advisors to the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.  He also works closely with the Marina Industries Association on climate and environment issues noting BMT’s current role as Environment Partner to the MIA 

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Wes Moxey

CEO, Riviera Australia

Wes Moxey’s history with Riviera dates back to the company’s formative years in Labrador. Wes joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded in 1980. He was later promoted to Production Manager in 1987 and then Managing Director in 1998. His extensive marine experience and boat building knowledge fuelled his rise to the challenge of CEO in 2000 where he oversaw the move to the company’s 16.8-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility. 

In 2008 he took a three-year sabbatical from Riviera during which time he developed the Belize Motoryacht line. Wes returned to the Riviera helm in 2012 following the purchase of Riviera by Rodney Longhurst and the Belize brand was integrated into the expanding model line-up. Under the combined leadership and guidance of Wes and Rodney, Riviera has substantially moved forward gaining strength and momentum with an inspired new model development program that now spans 22 models from 39 to 78 feet, a considerable team, facility and manufacturing technology expansion coupled with continued growth of the Riviera global dealer network. 

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Joe Ueberroth

CEO, Bellingham Marine & Owner Dana Point

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Greg Shaw

CEO, Mulpha – Sanctuary Cove & Hayman Island

Greg is CEO of Mulpha International a diversified Hotel and Real Estate Group with flagship assets including InterContinental Hotels in Sydney, Sanctuary Cove and Hayman Island and a Real Estate portfolio including Sanctuary Cove and Norwest Business Park. Mulpha also invests in retirement living, technology, hospitality, education, and real estate debt.  

Prior to Mulpha, Greg has had over 25 years’ experience as CEO of Australian listed companies including Ardent Leisure and a number of Hotel and Hospitality Groups. 

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Bryan Finney

CEO, North Harbour

Since 2020, Bryan has been the Project Director for North Harbour, a $2.7B mixed use development project in the City of Moreton Bay, north of Brisbane.  In the Project Director role, Bryan oversees project design, approvals, and delivery of the North Harbour community, which is already a third of the way towards its expected population of 12,000.  The North Harbour vision is centred around the proposed Marina and waterfront village, providing access to the northern end of Moreton Bay from the Caboolture River for 1,411 vessels. 

North Harbour was founded by the directors of Port Binnli, and is the largest project undertaken to date utilising their active experience in the Marina Industry since 1992.  Prior to his current role, Bryan’s experience includes involvement in Port Binnli’s previous marina projects at Mackay Marina and Raby Bay Marina. 

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John Hogan CMP

CEO, Superior Jetties

John Hogan, CEO of the Superior Group, has an extensive professional background which includes many years in concrete, engineering, mining and general management roles in both Australia and the United States.    

John is a Boilermaker by trade and holds tertiary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, and Business and is a CMP (Global Marina Institute) with a GAICD. His varied background enables him to add value with a multi-industry and international perspective.  

In addition to being the co-author of the ‘Sustainable Marina Development’, John is the Treasurer and Gold Sponsor of the Marina Industries Association, an active member of the Association of Rotational Moulders Australia Inc and is the past Chairman of the Board of the Global Marina Institute

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Daryn Stocks

Group Founder/Managing Director, EPC Solar Group

Daryn is a highly experienced PV (Photovoltaics) designer and installer with over 20 years of experience in the electrical and solar power industry.

Daryn is extremely passionate about premium quality installations, system design, and installation in the renewable energy field.

He is a dedicated advocate for renewable energy, actively engaged in fostering relationships between landowners and solar farms across the nation. At EPC Solar, Daryn plays a pivotal role in educating the public about the importance of renewable energy sources. His efforts are instrumental in creating opportunities for involvement in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM), driving the expansion and adoption of solar energy solutions. Through his commitment, Daryn is helping to pave the way for a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.

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Chris Cudlipp

CEO, Seavolt

Chris founded Seavolt because he knows it’s inevitable that vessels, recreational and commercial, will become electric. Governments are already legislating to end the production of internal combustion engines. Chris believes the time to act is now. The planet is heating at an alarming rate and there is no excuse to keep polluting for work or for fun. 

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