Directors and Governors

Board of Directors

President John Winning AM
Vice President Vacant
Treasurer Linton Scott
Directors Bill Bourke
Peter Cole
Heather Kirk
Kathy Reid
Michael Schultz
Amanda Woolley
General Manager Ross Muir


Board of Governors

Robert Albert AO RFD RD (Chairman)
John Diacopoulos
John Winning AM
Ron Denning
Gordon Ingate OAM
Judy Lee
Norman Rydge AM OBE
Michael Schultz
Chris Stannard OAM
Michael de Dutton York OAM


Directors Bio


John Winning AM


Linton Scott
My name is Linton Scott and I have been a member of the Fleet for approximately eleven years. I am a qualified accountant (CPA) and also a senior member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS).I retired from the commercial business world about eleven years ago, having spent the prior twenty years in the investment banking arena with Barclays De Zoette Wedd (BZW) and ABN Amro, as a Director and Head of Information Technology. I have also had experience in computer programing, system design and implementation in the legal, broking and manufacturing areas. In recent times, I have undertaken a law degree and have completed about 80% of the course.I have been a Fleet volunteer, assisting in the main with issues associated with technology. I was on the Board of the Sydney Maritime Museum Custodian Limited for approximately seven years. I am now the Honorary Treasurer of the Sydney Heritage Fleet and held this position for approximately sixteen months.

Bill Bourke
I was born in Brisbane in 1941. On completion of tertiary studies in Science (University of Queensland 1962) and in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Sydney 1965), I worked in the aviation industry for 38 years, initially at the Government Aircraft Factories in Melbourne from 1965 and then joining Qantas in Sydney in 1969 until retirement in 2003. At Qantas, I attained executive -level management, involved in new aircraft evaluation, purchase and introduction into service. I spent three years in the early 1980’s as the company’s technical representative at the Boeing plant in Seattle. I completed post graduate studies for a Master’s degree in Engineering Science at the University of Sydney in 1975, presenting a thesis on Airport Noise. I was for many years, the company’s authority on aircraft environmental issues and also its representative on Australian and international forums related to aircraft operations and associated environmental regulations and design standards.

During my employment at Qantas and in retirement, I was a Director for 21 years thru 2013 on the Board of the Qantas Credit Union, one of the largest, most successful and well managed credit unions in Australia.

My main reasons for joining the Museum’s Library in 2003 were an interest in maritime heritage and research stimulated by my father-in-law’s “life at sea” as a master mariner with the A.U.S.N. during WW2 and service with the Queensland Coast and Torres Strait Pilot service and my school boy memories of the John Oxley on the Brisbane River. Also, I had spent 10 years as a volunteer on Sydney Harbour with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, providing safety and communication services to the recreational boating community from its rescue boat base at Birkenhead Point and its radio base at the historic South Head signal station.

In February 2005 I assumed oversight of the Museum’s Maritime Records and Research Centre (MRRC) as its Curator and more recently participated in the editorial team for the publication of the last issues of our prestigious magazine, the Australian Sea Heritage (ASH).

I was elected to the SMM Ltd Board in September 2004 thru September 2010, rejoining in September 2011 for a two year period as Vice-President. Since October 2005, I have been a Director on the Board of the Sydney Maritime Museum Custodian Ltd, the Trustees and legal owners of Museum’s historical vessels and Collection.

Recently I was involved with the development of the Museum’s Collection policy, formation of our Interpretation Committee and, as its Chair, preparation of a Protocol to assist with a standard and professional approach to interpretation projects related to the Museum’s vessels and its Collection.

I was appointed to a casual vacancy on the SMM Ltd Board in June 2018 and I am now elected in October 2018.

Aside from my volunteer activities, I am with my wife of 51 years, very involved with our five children and our extended family of nine grandchildren. Successful sales of my artwork of land-scape and marine-scape themes exhibited at the Sydney Easter and Brisbane Shows, provide a welcome diversion in retirement.


Peter Cole


  • BSc – University of NSW (Pure and Applied Physics and Engineering)
  • Master of Business Administration – AGSM (Corporate Policy and Strategy majors)
  • Graduate Diploma of Maritime Studies – RAN Staff College
  • Examiner – Nautical Institute Sailing Ship Endorsement Scheme
  • Square Rig Certificate – Nautical Institute London
  • Marine Master IV, Marine Engine Driver 2, Rigger, Dog Man and Fork Lift Driver


  • 1969 -1981 RAN Sea Service (surface and submarine forces)
  • 1982 – 1990 RAN Staff Office Service
  • 1990 – 1992 Associate Director Price Waterhouse Urwick (Executive Information Systems)
  • 1992 – 1994 Senior Consultant Morgan and Banks (technology contracting business)
  • 1995 – 1995 Senior Consultant Ernst and Young Consulting (staff acquisition)
  • 1996 – 2010 Westfield Group (Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager AUS, USA, UK)
  • 2000 – 2018 Sydney Heritage Fleet – Master of James Craig 17 yrs, Director 12yrs, Treasurer 10 yrs
  • 2011 – 2018 RAN Reserve Service (New Ship Acquisition & Director Navy Heritage Collection – 7 sites)

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Heather Kirk
Current contributions to the Sydney Heritage Fleet:

  • Director of Sydney Heritage Fleet
  • Executive Hospitality – Waratah
  • Volunteer services – Fleet Discovery Day
  • Photographer; SHF events and regular contributor to Fleet Forum


Through her love of photography, Heather was initially introduced to the Fleet by her photography teacher and went on to join as a member and volunteer six years ago.

Heather has primarily been involved with the Fleet primarily as Executive Hospitality Officer on Waratah but has also undertaken hospitality roles on Lady Hopetoun, Boomerang and James Craig. Importantly, she also assists with the orientation of potential volunteers on Fleet Discovery Days.

Heather is a keen photographer and has photographed many happy Fleet days on the harbour as well as vessels, crew and volunteers around the Rozelle workshop, Wharf 7, Hobart and various VIP events such as the annual Gala Dinner. You may have seen Heather’s photos and videos in the Fleet Forum or on Facebook as she is a regular contributor.

The SHF Board unanimously agreed to invite Heather to join the Board as a Director in April 2017 to fill a casual vacancy for 6 months. She was invited to rejoin the Board in June 2018. Heather is enjoying the challenges of her role on the Board and has made a substantial contribution to the Fleet’s management of its human resources.

Elected in October 2018, Heather is excited and challenged by the prospect of being able to use her broad knowledge of the Fleet and the commercial world to help shape and establish an ongoing strategy for it. Her view is that the strategy must take us into the future while as a museum, preserving the traditions of the past. She is looking forward to working on the strategy around MOSH and promoting the future of the Fleet.

Heather works full time as a National Human Resources Manager with an IT Consulting Company.


Kathy Reid


Michael Schultz Michael Schultz
A young 76-year-old, totally dedicated to SHF, its principles, aims and goals for 27 years to date.A Hon. Life Member.I represent the Fleet on the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors. Assist the Finance Committee, Advisory Committee, Fundraising Coordination Committee. The appointed Board Representative for the John Oxley Restoration and the Volunteer Services Committee.I give my best in everything I am involved with, a volunteer in the true sense of the word and respect and admire my fellow volunteers and staff regardless of rank.

Amanda Woolley

I grew up in England but have spent most of my adult life in Australia.

My career was in corporate banking.

I joined the SHF in 2006, obtained the GPH qualification, became a deck-hand on the James Craig, and formed part of the crew on voyages to Melbourne, Hobart and Newcastle.

In 2013 I became a trainee deckhand on the Fleet’s tugboats, and work on the maintenance of these at Rozelle as well as crewing on the James Craig.