Directors and Governors

Board of Directors

President John Winning AM
Vice President Andrew Davidson
Treasurer Phil Nott
Directors Bill Bourke
Peter Cole
Heather Kirk
Kathy Reid
Amanda Woolley
General Manager Ross Muir

Board of Governors

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

Directors Bio

John Winning
Born in Sydney in 1952, I completed the school certificate at Sydney Grammar school in 1968.
I undertook an apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner with James Wallace Pty Ltd from 1969 to the end of 1974.
In 1975, I joined the family business of R W Winning Pty Ltd / Winning Appliances Pty Ltd, became managing director. I retired in 2006.

I have an extensive sailing background from the age of 7 in sabots; VJ’s; FLYING 11’s; VS’s; 12ft skiffs and 18ft skiffs inclusive of club, state and national championships.
I competed in the 1974; 1976; 1977; 1994 and 1996 Sydney to Hobart races and the 1975 transpacific race.

I served on the following committees:
Vaucluse Yacht Club: 1968 to 1970
Vaucluse Amateur 12ft Sailing Club: 1971 to 1974 & 1985 to 1995
Australian 18ft Sailing League: 1976 to 1986 & 2001 to current
Sydney Flying Squadron: 2016 to current
Sydney Maritime Museum Governors: 2014 to current

I have accepted nomination for the role of Vice President and as a Director of Sydney Heritage Fleet.
I have an extensive background in member-based, not-for-profit organisations, decades of senior commercial management experience and am well known within Sydney’s harbour fraternity and maritime industries.
I believe I can bring a new balance of volunteering and commercial activity oversight to the Sydney Heritage Fleet board and provide valuable assistance with and insight into the strategic future of the fleet.

Andrew Davidson
I first joined SHF in 1987, and helped chip rust off the James Craig’s frames (quietly, so as not to upset the locals) on the Heritage dock. After a break of 20 years, I rejoined to assist in supplying a new galley fitout for JC, then became involved with our steam ships at Rozelle.I am married, with two adult children and two beautiful grandchildren (all grandparents are outrageously biased!). My professional background includes Engineering (at trade and professional level) and business management.My volunteer focus at SHF is on:
· Enjoying maintaining and operating our vessels with a great team of people.
· Development and support of our volunteer community through my work as part of the Volunteer Services Committee.
· Working to improve the financial viability of the SHF, so that its good work can continue.
· Ensuring that we have a solid governance process, aligned with our constitution.

Phil Nott
Phil has been a member of the Sydney Heritage Fleet since February 2010 and a Director since October 2014.He has been an active volunteer since he became a member and started work as a Trainee Fireman and then Engineer on the Lady Hopetoun and Waratah. He currently works as a Fireman and Assistant Engineer. He crewed on the James Craig for around eighteen months. He has nearly 1,000 crewing hours in the Fleet. During this time, he qualified as a General Purpose Hand and completed the Fleet’s MED 2 Steam course. He is currently undertaking the assessment for a Standard Boiler Ticket as the next step in qualifying as Chief Engineer for the Lady Hopetoun and Waratah.Currently, Phil’s work with the Fleet is focussed on maintenance, firing, and engineering on the Lady Hopetoun and Waratah plus the work as a Director of the company. He has been a member of the Finance Committee since joining the Board and he recently joined the Kanangra Restoration Committee.Phil’s academic qualifications are from the ANU and Harvard in science and business. He currently works on the development and financing of private hospitals.

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)

Stay Afloat, Move Ahead Do Good Things with Good People

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


I joined Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF) as a member of staff and volunteer in 2008. Since then I have continued to assist young people in learning about the Museum and Maritime industry. My professional background has involved identifying process improvements, business and fraud risks and education. My qualifications in education have allowed me to develop fun, safe programs for young people and volunteers. The Year 9 Messing-About-In-Boats and the Year 10 Maritime Studies Programs have seen over 360 students attending and with some going on to study for a boat building apprenticeship.I am a passionate fundraiser and have been proactive in obtaining funding and donations for the Museum activities and youth programs. As a result of successfully applying for grants, over $50,000 has been procured for SHF funding for youth programs from charitable trusts ie. St George Trust, Lord Mayor Fund, Coles and Leichhardt Council.

My background in fundraising & financial monitoring will allow me to make sound strategic decisions for members of Sydney Heritage Fleet. I have a record of success in getting initiatives off the ground as seen by my previous role at the Museum.

I have the drive and commitment to take SHF into the future as a profitable business as I am a results driven team player who is passionate about the Museum.

SHF Achievements

• Successful grant writing to implement Youth programs (Year 9 and Year 10)
• Event management of Art Shows & movie nights
• Youth Tall Ship Sailing program as shown on (ABC TV)
• The Sweeney Boat building project
• Coordination of Fleet Open days and In-kind-donations
• Boat shows


• Development and implementation of fundraising initiatives
• Grant writing and relationship building in gaining sponsorships
• Corporate governance (risk management)
• Learning and development design (training and evaluation)


• Masters of Education (Adult), University of Technology – 2004
• Graduate Certificate in Risk Management, Charles Sturt University – 2002
• Total Quality Management Certificate level III, Quality Council – 1999


Fundraising Institute of Australia

I look forward to serving The Fleet, its members & the future of this great organisation.

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.