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Barry Jenkins has been associated with the marine industry in Queensland for many years. Completing his apprenticeship as a Fitter and Turner majoring in Master General Engraving he operated Engraving Unlimite, a small company that was a subcontractor to Evans Deakin Shipbuilding in Brisbane.
Wanting to “dip his toe in the water” he joined the Adelaide Steamship Company as an apprentice deck officer and completed two and a half years of his Third Mates Ticket before involuntarily leaving and returning to the sign making and sheet-metal fabrication company.
Time as a professional musician and extensive training in hospitality led to running the Vice Regal and VIP Suites at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
Combining all these skills Barry joined Sanctuary Cove in 1988 to head up the Food and Beverage Department which later became the Events Department incorporating the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
He currently consults to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Yacht & Boat Korea in the area of international relations and product development.
Industry involvement includes Past President of Marine Queensland, Past President of the Australian Marine Industries Federation, Founding Chairman of Super Yacht Base Australia and is presently a director of the Australian International Marine Export Group.
At the Australian Marine Industry Awards 2009 he was presented a Highly Commended Award for Export Industry Champion.
Matthew Johnston is the Managing Director of Muir Engineering Group Pty Ltd (a founding member of AIMEX and current Vice President). Since his arrival at Muir in 2005 he has been actively involved in all aspects of the business and particularly the exports sales of the business. He works closely with the company’s founder, John Muir and with him, is a regular attendee of many of the overseas boat shows, particularly Monaco Yacht shows and METS. He has an MBA (from Southern Cross University – NSW) and in his spare time he enjoys sailing and boating recreationally which he has been doing all of his life. Muir exports 65% of its total turnover to approx 30-40 countries. The company has won numerous export achievement awards over the years both locally and internationally and prides itself on providing the highest quality products backed by exceptional service at a reasonable price. www.muir.com.au
Chris Blackwell has over 17 years’ experience in shipbuilding design, project and contract management with internationally renowned Australian companies Austal Group, Hanseatic Marine | SilverYachts and now Echo Yachts who are building Australia’s largest and most advanced superyacht to date.
After 8 years with the Austal Group in design and project management roles, Chris became Design Manager with the newly created Hanseatic Marine | SilverYachts’ on their inaugural project MY Silver. During his 9 years with SilverYachts, Chris helped create numerous award winning Superyachts, managed luxury outfitting specialists, project managed the SilverFast newbuild as well as provided Client and Marketing support.
As a board member of the Marine WA Industry Association, Chris championed the West Australian shipbuilding industry domestically and abroad. In 2014 Chris joined the newly created superyacht builder Echo Yachts and offers a positive and straight forward approach towards shipbuilding, striving to achieve a great result for all stakeholders.
Simon Knight has been involved in the shipbuilding and maintenance industry since 1998. During this time Simon has been involved with the Design, Sales, Project Management and Maintenance of maritime vessels for both the owners and shipbuilders. Simon has been involved with a vast array of vessel types including ferries, cruise boats, tug boats, crew boats, OSV, patrol boats, frigates and yachts.
Since 2011 Simon has been operating Silverstar Marine, a global Marine Project Management company, providing services to clients in the commercial, defence and yacht sectors.
Simon has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from UWA.
|Captain Richard Morris
Richard Morris spent 14 years at sea, sailing as a deck officer on commercial ships with P&O Swire and aboard a variety of large superyachts in the 1980’s. After attaining his Master Mariner’s Certificate in 1994, Richard sailed as Captain of five large superyachts up to 65m, cruising extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific regions, and supervised a 50m new construction in Holland.
In 1999, Richard came ashore and assumed a role with NSW Maritime to oversee the design, construction and management of the Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; a position he held for 10 years prior to selling the successful marina business to the private sector in 2009.
Richard founded Superyacht Sydney, the NSW Superyacht Industry Association, and remains its Executive Director. He is the CEO of Australasian Superyacht Services and Sydney Superyacht Services; providing quality support to superyachts visiting Australian waters
Murray Owen has been involved in the marine industry for over 35 years. During his school years he was involved in his families fishing trawlers and after school he completed a fitter and turner apprenticeship before gaining his Marine Engineering/Masters ticket. Murray then shifted his career to the luxury yacht building industry where he was engineering and production manager at Lloyds Ships. This led him to operations / project manager at Australian Yacht Builder. During this time he was involved in the construction, trials and delivery of many Super Yachts including 192’ Aluminium Ketch.
After a stint as an Super Yacht engineer in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean, Murray returned to Australia where he formed his own company, Marine Engineering Consultants in 1992. His company has achieved local and international recognition and accolades over these years and has completed many new builds and refits during this time.
Cameron is the Managing Director of Bray Management, one of Australia’s leading superyacht charter and management firms.
Cameron sits on the Superyacht Australia committee to aid in the growth and betterment of the Australian superyacht industry. His eye for determining the best international standards, combined with the drive to bring them to local shores, gives him a particular interest in the development of the charter and cruising sectors.
A Gold Coast native, Cameron worked extensively in the superyacht industry overseas before returning home to turn his skills to the Australian market. Cameron’s strength in the Australian superyacht industry stems from his previous roles as a superyacht captain, yacht broker, charter agent and yacht manager.
His industry knowledge, combined with a Business Management degree mean yachts in his care are managed impeccably, and always with an eye on the owner’s goals. His passion for the industry and attention to detail with a ‘can do’ attitude are the driving forces behind Bray Management’s success.
Introduced to the Superyacht industry in 2006 through cluster membership, Byron Rabone was offered an honorary position on the Superyacht Brisbane Committee. Over the past 6 years Byron has provided the SYB cluster with a fresh and unbiased view, formally taking the role of Chairman late 2011.
Byron Rabone is the founder and managing director of Rabone Systems, an organisation that delivers technology solutions to the Corporate, Residential and Marine environments. Rabone Systems has provided expertise and support to a number of visiting Superyachts across the East coast and has attended international boat shows such as Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.
In 2011 Byron Rabone was nominated and accepted a role on the committee of the Queensland Superyacht Alliance, the Queensland peak body representing Queensland Superyacht Clusters.
Joachim founded Ocean Alliance when he relocated to Sydney after gaining extensive experience with the international superyacht industry. His roles were involved in the operation and management of both private and chartered superyachts in regions covering the globe.
After relocating to Sydney in 2006 following many years working in the industry abroad he was involved with the Australian agency for several key European shipyards. He frequently returned to international boat shows & conferences while managing client’s new construction yachts and overseeing their delivery and management in Australia & Europe.
The Ocean Alliance charter division was established in 2011 after identifying an industry shortfall of local and international experience. His drive was a key interest in the development of the Australian charter market and the experienced representation and marketing of international charter destinations.
Joachim’s extensive experience in the industry allows him to assist clients in all aspects of a superyacht experience including charter brokerage, charter management, yacht brokerage, new construction, operational guidance, commercial structures and superyacht marketing.
His attention to detail and unwavering client focused approach is the foundation of Ocean Alliance.
Denis Maher commenced his professional life in the advertising industry, and spent twenty years with leading advertising agencies such as Clemenger and McCann Erickson developing marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for a diverse range of blue chip clients.
In 1997 Denis succumbed to a sea change, and became involved in a business venture which saw him gain his master’s qualifications and spend the next five years sailing the Great Barrier Reef.
Today Denis draws upon his maritime and marketing experiences in his role as Business Development Manager for ship repair and refit specialists BSE Maritime Solutions, where he is responsible for sales, marketing, brand and business development across commercial, superyacht and defence vessel sectors.
His industry involvement includes terms as Executive Committee member of the Australian Ship Repairers Group (ASRG), President of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), and Treasurer of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), amongst others.
Kane Bygrave is a director of Aurora Global Logistics, a privately owned freight and logistics company, specialising in transport and barrier clearance of boats and yachts.
Kane began his career in the logistics industry in 1987, performing various roles within the Customs division of a German multinational organisation. He obtained his Customs Brokers qualifications in 1993, and in doing so achieved highest national examination results in Australia for the year.
Kane progressed into management roles within the logistics industry, before opening the doors as a partner and director at Aurora Global Logistics in 2001.
Today Aurora employ 14 staff, 6 of whom specialise in logistical services and advice to the boating sector. Everything from trailer boats to superyachts.
Services include shipping to and from all parts of the world, in house Customs and Quarantine clearance and consultancy services, advice regarding immigration and crew visas, taxation, temporary importations, free trade agreements, establishing a yacht for charter, berthage, delivery crew, shipping cradle fabrication and supply, survey reports and various other services.
Kane chaired Superyacht Base Brisbane for two years from 2005 to 2007 and continues to maintain an active role within Superyacht Australia, AIMEX, and other industry advocate groups.
Aurora are the official agents in Australia for Peters and May, a global leader in world boat transportation.
|Steven W. Fisher
Steve Fisher manages the International Department at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated in Science from Griffith University (1978) before working in the dredging Industry, the offshore oil and gas Industry and finally the Superyacht Industry. He holds commercial marine qualifications as a Captain and qualifications as a Yacht Master Instructor. Mr Fisher served as an Infantry Officer with the 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. He was the former General Manager at Rivergate retiring in 2011, agreeing in late 2011 to return to Rivergate in his current role. He has held Leadership roles in the Marine Industry for 30 years and been involved in the haul out of over 10,000 vessels.
Doug Jarvis is Manager of the City of Melbourne’s Waterways Unit, which includes responsibility for Melbourne’s Superyacht Marina.
Doug held a number of senior management positions before starting Rhumbline Marketing in 1995. Specialising in marketing and events, the multi award winning practice attracted a diversified clientele and a wide range of projects, the majority of which were related to the marine industry -including event management of Australia’s largest sailing event –Audi Victoria Week (Skandia Geelong Week) from 1995 to 2010.
Doug is a recipient of the prestigious Yachting Australia Services to Yachting Award. He is well known and respected in both the marine and events industry.
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|Maryanne Edwards | CEO
Mary Anne Edwards was appointed CEO of the Australian Marine Export group in 2006 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of this organisation which is now seen as one of the most successful and professionally run trade organisations in Australia.
In 2009 Maryanne also took over the management of Superyacht Base Australia and was involved in the recent integration of SYBA under the umbrella of AIMEX. This initiative has given the Superyacht sector far more strength and clout within government with AIMEX now seen by the Australian government as the peak body for both the Superyacht and marine export sectors with a combined industry value of well over a billion dollars into the Australian economy.
MaryAnne has extensive experience within commercial entities and member based organizations having held CEO and senior management positions in NZ and Australia within the Oil, Automotive, Sports and Entertainment, and Management Consultancy sectors.
Mary Anne has an MBA in international marketing, a diploma in hotel management, and post graduate qualifications in Human Resource and Business Management from Victoria University in New Zealand. She has also been involved in major government lobbying campaigns both in NZ and Australia which have resulted in positive outcomes for industry
|Emily Simpson | Membership Services & Communications Coordinator
Emily joined the AIMEX and Superyacht Australia team in January 2014 after moving to Melbourne from New Zealand, where she graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Media Studies and Sociology. Her role at AIMEX and Superyacht Australia as Membership and Communications Coordinator is to build on the substantial profile of Superyacht Australia and to service members while promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically and internationally. Emily has been appointed to manage the Queensland cluster. Emily is very familiar with the issues facing the Queensland industry. Emily will be managing members exposure on both the Queensland website and the Superyacht Australia website. Emily is also managing the Superyacht Australia magazine and is working with Maryanne Edwards the CEO in managing the Australian pavilion at key international boat shows.
|Lhamo Johnson | Marketing and Administration Coordinator
Lhamo’s focus at AIMEX is to service members while promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically & internationally. Her responsibilities involve supporting the rest of the team, office management, administration support, assisting with the design and delivery of AIMEX marketing collateral, event management support, AIMEX website support and AIMEX publications/sales. Originally from New Zealand she graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing. Having recently moved to Melbourne from Adelaide where she was working at Boating Industries Alliance Australia providing event support. Lhamo is excited about her new role and she’s looking forward to making a valuable contribution to Australian Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine sectors.
Suzette comes to the AIMEX team after several years at the Gold Coast where the marine industry development was a key focus. With a degree in Business Management from University of Qld, and an extensive history in managing and building her family businesses, Suzette brings business experience to assist the Commercial Marine Industry. Having worked with AusIndustry at Regional Manager level, and also with Economic Development, a breadth of knowledge across private business, government agencies and entrepreneurship is available to members in her role as Commercial Manager at AIMEX based in Melbourne.