MMHN Status and Structure

 The MMHN is a registered as public company limited by guarantee under the name Melbourne Maritime Network Ltd. Australian Company Number 631 878 772 (25/2/2019) under the Corporations Act 2001.

It is non-political, not-for-profit, member-based ‘umbrella’ organization bringing together stakeholder groups from marine, maritime heritage, tourism, corporate and community sectors.  All of which share a commitment to fostering greater recognition of, and knowledge about, Melbourne’s rich maritime heritage and maritime industry sector. It has a Board and a series of Special Advisory Groups including but not limited to Skills/Education/Career, Heritage, Museum, and Industry.

MMHN Constitution

MMHN Constitution  The MMHN has a constitution which can be downloaded here.

MMHN Board Members


Dr. Jackie Watts OAM      Chair of MMHN 

Jackie Watts  is the inaugural Chair of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Board. She  holds a Doctorate in Education (RMIT), postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Librarianship (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University). Her areas of professional expertise include secondary & tertiary education, librarianship, research, vocational education and training (VET), professional development, commerce and community activism.

Jackie has experience in both the non-profit & for-profit sectors, on and off-shore. Jackie served on  Melbourne City Council  between 2011 - 2020, and in 2012 became the first Chair of the Knowledge City Portfolio and Deputy Chair of the People City Portfolio holding these positions  until leaving Council in 2020. These portfolios represented the most significant economic and socially progressive areas of work on Council. Jackie also represented Council with the Bay Municipalities Association of Victoria and is currently a Board member of Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia(OSSA). Jackie is a staunch advocate for greater transparency, electoral reform, heritage preservation, gender equity, responsive and respectful community engagement and genuine representative democracy at all levels of government.  She has a keen and abiding interest in heritage recognition, preservation and celebration, and in particular, maritime heritage.  


Dr David Goodwin

Associate Professor David Goodwin has a long association with the maritime sector. In his corporate career prior to entering academia, David held positions with leading Australian shipping businesses BHP Transport and the Australian National Line, working as a corporate lawyer and in public policy roles. He also ran shipping businesses. From 2005 to 2010 David was based in Singapore as Vice President Corporate Affairs of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, operator of the APL business, then the world’s fifth largest container shipping company.

David is currently Head, Industry and External Engagement with Victoria University, where he teaches and researches in the field of business ethics and corporate governance, as well as business law. He maintains a commercial practice as a Barrister, specialising in maritime and international trade law. David is a former Vice-Chair of the Australian Boys Choral Institute and is currently President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a Trustee of The Morella Calder Education and Scholarship Trust.


Michael O’Brien CSC - Major General (Ret.)  

Michael O’Brien is a Vietnam veteran, had a 37-year Army career culminating in reaching the rank of Major General. Michael was in charge of Army logistics. He supervised the rebuilding of two ships for the Royal Australian Navy. He also supervised the recovery and identification of the bodies of 250 soldiers from the group burial at Fromelles, France on behalf of the Australian Government. He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross. His other management experience included being on the Board of a successful credit union for over 20 years, was Chair a stock exchange listed company as well as running an antiquarian bookshop for 17 years. He has tertiary qualifications in science and management, has written several books on history and is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships. He is on the board of several not-for-profits and has helped convene Melbourne Rare Book Week since 2012 in partnership with ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions.

Michael has tertiary qualifications in science (Bachelor of Science (Military) and management (Master of Defence Administration, Cranfield, UK)


Ross Brewer  

Ross Brewer has over 50 years experience in various facets of the shipping industry.

Having gone to sea as a deck apprentice with P&O, he then went on to work in the P&O London office where he became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. On returning to Australia following 6 months in the New York offices of Associated Bulk Carriers, Ross developed the Australasian business for Anderson Green (later Anderson Hughes) a P&O Company. Ross became Managing Director of P&O Maritime, which encompassed the P&O Specialist Ships (Offshore Oil & Gas, Antarctic & other scientific vessels, Defence, bulk carriers, towage) until retirement.

After retirement he was appointed to the Board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) until his retirement as Deputy Chairman in 2013.

Ross is now Chairman of Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia a company formed to collect, preserve and publicly display memorabilia associated with the Maritime Industry.


Sue Scarfe  

Sue is an IT professional, with over 30 years experience in IT in a diverse range of organisations including Australian Federal Government, Fortune 100, Australia Post and innovative Australian start ups. Her career has included significant Project Management roles, managing mission critical systems, developing world first patented technologies and assisting a start up with implementation and rollout.

Sue provides technical guidance and support to local causes and has served on historical and community boards and committees.


Andrew Raftis - Treasurer

Andrew is a professional risk and assurance executive; and an experienced board advisor and director. He has run global 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 close to river and sea port facilities in Paris, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Zurich. A highlight was watching the container ships unloading in Singapore, from his office overlooking the port where his company provided insurance cover for the ships and their cargo.

Andrew holds Law and Commerce degrees (University of Melbourne), a Post-Grad Diploma in Commercial Law (Monash University) and a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (Inst’ of Internal Auditors).  He currently works as a consultant on 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, and a Chief Risk Officer at UniSuper.  He picked up French and German while on his foreign assignments.


Hon Martin Dixon  

Martin was a teacher, principal and educational administrator for 19 years before being elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Dromana and then Nepean for over 22 years before retiring in 2018. During his parliamentary career Martin served as Opposition Whip, Shadow Minister for Education, Skills, Tourism and Employment as well as other portfolios. He was Minister for Education from 2010 - 2014. Since his retirement Martin has pursued his interests in travel, boating and aviation. He has also mentored new Members of Parliament in the Pacific region as part of the UN Development Plan. Martin is also a member of OSSA.


Dr. Liz Rushen - Secretary

Liz Rushen is a historian, researcher, author and publisher with a PhD in history from Monash University and postgraduate qualifications in business studies (RMIT University) and teaching (University of Melbourne). She is the Deputy Chair of the History Council of Victoria and has served on many historical and community boards and committees. She is a former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Liz is widely published in the field of migration history, women in colonial Australia and the social history of the Port Phillip District (Victoria). In 2018-19 Liz was awarded a Creative Fellowship by the State Library Victoria to research the life and writings of Edmund Finn (‘Garryowen’). Her latest book is John Marshall: shipowner, Lloyd’s reformer and emigration agent (Anchor Books Australia, 2020).


Haya Al Daghlas

B.Sc.Eng (Civil), MEng (Project Management), PhD Candidate

Haya Al Daghlas is a project management professional who is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, School of Engineering, Department of Infrastructure. Haya has a combination of strong passion to engineering and project management, along with thorough experience in best project management practices gained both locally and overseas, enabling her to take leadership roles in wide ranges of engineering projects from concept to completion, change management, critical stakeholder management, and the application of the various leadership tools towards achieving optimum project delivery.

Haya, a Jordanian Palestinian, obtained her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 2009. In 2016 Haya completed her Master’s degree in Engineering Project Management at the University of Melbourne, School of Engineering, with first class honours. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Julian King Award, the Dean’s Honours list 2016, the Research Training Program Scholarship 2017, and Melbourne School of Engineering Studentship 2018.


Jeff Malley

Jeff Malley has significant expertise in education research and workforce planning. He is retired Victorian public servant having served in a range of departments including labour, employment, training and education specializing in workforce planning, vocational education and training (VET) and strategic planning.

Prior to entering the public service, Jeff taught economics and later became researcher at two universities. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). In retirement pursued his interests in maritime heritage becoming a member of Bay Steamers Maritime Museum and a delegate of Maritime Museums of Victoria (MAV).


Commodore Greg Yorke CSC

Greg Yorke is a current serving senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He has served in numerous operational and strategic roles across the RAN, including two most successful Commands, HMAS Gladstone in 1990 to 1992 and was the commissioning Commanding Officer, HMAS Arunta and in command from 1998 until 2000. Greg was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for his leadership role as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) Maritime Headquarters during operations in Iraq in 2003.

He transferred to the Active Reserve in 2006 and commenced a second career as a Management Consultant where he has undertaken many and varying roles. During this time Greg remained engaged with the RAN undertaking Reserve tasking. He was promoted to Commodore in June 2016 and assumed a full-time position within the Navy Strategic Command.

Greg was appointed by the Chief of Navy as the Senior Naval Officer Victoria to date 1 January 2018, a position he retains today.

Greg holds a Master of Business Administration (Project Management) and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).