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."
The Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington is President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.
Justice Derrington was the Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialising in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration.
Justice Derrington is a Director of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), a member of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), the Commonwealth's Admiralty Rules Committee, the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and of the Australian Academy of Law. She is an immediate past Director of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ)
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.
Following retirement from the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development and the Arts in 2012, Tom Black was the Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA), Tasmania Committee until 2018.
From 1997 to 2009, Tom 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 stimulation of economic and regional development across the state, fostering innovation and creating employment opportunities. He continued in this role until 2012.
He 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.
Tom 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. He is currently a member of the UTAS and State Government Joint Defence Steering Committee.
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.
David Kershaw started in Defence as a Cadet Engineer with Navy Material in 1987 and transferred to the then DSTO in 1989 following completion of a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics and a B.E. in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. From 1989 through to 1999 he worked in the area of torpedoes, torpedo defence and undersea warfare, covering circuit analysis through signal processing to operations research. During this time he also completed a PhD in Tracking Systems.
Dr Kershaw was appointed as Head of the Torpedoes & Torpedo Defence Group in 1999 before also assuming responsibility for Undersea Warfare Operations Analysis in 2002. During 2003 and 2004 he was the Navy Scientific Adviser before returning to DSTO Edinburgh as the Air Warfare Destroyer S&T Adviser in 2005 and 2006. From September 2006 through January 2007 he was acting Research Leader in Surface Ship Operations with a focus on Combat Systems.
In 2007 Dr Kershaw was appointed as Head of the Torpedo Systems Group within the Undersea Sensors and Weapon Systems Branch in Maritime Operations Division. In this role he had responsibility for all DSTO support to torpedoes and torpedo defence for the RAN. He then became Head of the Submarine Combat Systems Group in May 2010 before assuming the role of Research Leader Submarine Systems and SEA 1000 (Future Submarine) S&T Adviser in July 2011. He was moved to the position of Research Leader Undersea Command and Control in July 2014.
David was appointed as Chief Maritime Division with Defence Science and Technology in May 2016.
With a career spanning over 30 years in both the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and defence industry, Brent has held a variety of senior roles from project management to executive management in small, medium and large Defence companies including BAE Systems Australia, Thales Australia, SAAB Systems and Sonartech Atlas.
In November 2018 Brent established his own consulting company and is currently consulting to a variety of companies.
Brent was appointed as interim CEO of Naval Group Australia in March 2016, prior to this appointment he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director for Strategy and Communications and Human Resources (HR) at Naval Group Australia. In his role as COO, Brent was responsible for managing Naval Group’s relationships with the Department of Defence and State and Federal Government officials. Brent also acted as the spokesperson for the organisation and liaised regularly with Australian trade and daily media and presented on behalf of Naval Group at external conferences and industry briefings.
Prior to joining Naval Group, Brent worked for the largest defence contractor in Australia, BAE Systems, as the Head of Business Development, Strategy and Communications, Maritime. In this role Brent was responsible for the Maritime Business Unit (BU), a BU made up of over 1,500 employees with an annual turnover of AUD$560M. Brent was responsible for delivering a variety of programs including; Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Training Package; Anzac Class ASMD Modification; LHD Initial in-service Support package; Commercial Oil & Gas work; and Commercial Ship repair work.
Prior to BAE Systems, Brent was the Vice President, Thales Naval Business Group for Thales Australia. In this role Brent was responsible for the Thales Australia Naval Business Group which had an annual turnover of AUD$270M and over 900 employees.
Brent has also worked for SAAB Systems and Sonartech Atlas.
Prior to joining the private sector, Brent served in the Royal Australian Navy for 11 years on HMA Submarine Onslow, NUSHIP Farncomb, HMAS Ovens and HMAS Otway.
Brent is a graduate of Queensland University and holds a Master of Business Administration. Brent has four daughters.
Professor Brian Yates was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at the University of Tasmania in July 2015 and as Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering in January 2018.
Professor Yates is a researcher with an international reputation for computational chemistry, and a highly commended teacher. He was awarded the Carrick National Teaching Award for the Physical Sciences in 2006, and he co-led the development of the Australian Threshold Learning Outcomes for Science. He was an Executive Director (Engineering, Mathematical and Information Sciences) at the Australian Research Council from 2013 to 2015. He became President of the Australian Council of Deans of Science in 2016.
Michael graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982. Early career highlights included postings as the ASW Tactical Training Officer, Fleet ASW Training Centre Pacific, San Diego in 1992; and in 2003, Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney (FFG-03), where he deployed to the Persian Gulf for the war in Iraq, subsequently being awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List.
Staff appointments included Staff Officer to the Chief of Navy in 1998, Training Authority Maritime Warfare in 2006, Chief of Staff (COS) Navy Systems Command in 2008, and COS Fleet Headquarters and Commodore Support in 2010. Academically, Michael graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Masters’ of Management Studies in 2003; and the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in 2005.
In 2011, Michael was appointed as the Chief of Defence Force Liaison Officer to United States Central Command, Tampa, Florida, USA and Director, Coalition Coordination Centre. Awarded the United States Legion of Merit (Officer), Michael returned to Australia in 2013, assuming duties as the Deputy Chief of Navy. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours list, retiring from active service in 2016.
Michael was appointed Principal, Australian Maritime College in 2019.