Directors and Governors


Board of Directors

President Tony Hunt AO RAN rtd
Vice President TBC
Treasurer Linton Scott
Directors Bill Bourke
John Diacopoulos
Heather Kirk
Michael Schultz
Karen Walsh
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

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Tony Hunt AO RAN rtd

Tony Hunt served in the Royal Australian Navy for 42 years retiring in 1995 as a Rear Admiral. He joined the Fleet in that year as the Project Director for the final phase of the James Craig restoration, standing down as PD in 2001 when the ship came into survey. He remained involved with the James Craig Co-ordination Committee for a number of years. In 2004 he was elected to the Board as a Director and became President in 2006. He is a member of the Safety Committee, chairman of the Advisory Committee and chairman of the Fundraising Co-ordination Committee.

Linton Scott 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
John Diacopoulos
Heather Kirk

Karen Walsh

A well regarded and respected professional in the human services, Strategic Policy, Housing and related corporate sectors. Possessing highly developed executive leadership, networking, strategy and policy skills, a deep understanding of the political, environmental and social landscapes which influence or impact the system and the business, and a proven capacity to lead in the context of change, major reform, complexity and disruption.

Currently CEO of Shelter NSW – NSW’ Peak Housing advocacy body. Prior to joining Shelter NSW Karen held two General Manager roles at SGCH from 2010 to 2016, leading the social and affordable housing strategy, policy and delivery; business and service improvement; community regeneration and placemaking; and more recently leading the Group business growth strategy, strategic partnerships, innovation and impact. A career spanning 28 years in the UK and Australia through a range of Government and non-government agencies, including over 6 years as an executive in
one of Australia’s leading community housing providers (SGCH) in NSW and 12 years in NSW State Government in senior and executive roles in Aboriginal, public or community housing – leading policy, strategy and reform; strategic partnerships and planning; strategic commissioning and contracting; urban and community regeneration; business development and improvement; and service and program innovation and design. Qualified as a Social Worker in the UK
in 1991, gained 2 Masters Degrees – in Social Policy (2001) and an Executive Masters in Public Administration (2007) ANZSOG, University of Sydney. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), with over 12 years continuous experience on boards, including President and Chair roles. As a GAICD, Karen has extensive expertise in governance, organisational culture and leadership.
Further detail and career highlights and achievements etc. can be found on:
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.