Directors and Governors

Board of Directors

President John Winning AM
Vice President Andrew Davidson
Treasurer Phil Nott
Directors Chris Clarke
Peter Cole
Margaret Piper
Jon Simpson
Amanda Woolley

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 fit out 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.

Chris Clarke

Peter ColeQualification

  • 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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Margaret Piper

Jon Simpson

My first career was as a deckhand on coasters in the North Sea followed by a marine engineering apprenticeship with New Zealand Shipping Co. I sail once or twice a week with Balmain Sailing Club. I am involved with the restoration of Mistral II, one of two survivors of the 1945 Sydney to Hobart.

I worked for 28 years organising large numbers of volunteers in tertiary education in the UK, USA and Australia.

I was General Manager of the Fleet between 2005 and 2012.  I volunteered within the Fleet whilst General Manager and have continued to volunteer as deckhand, riveter, speaker, and fundraiser.

I am volunteer Secretary of Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand (TANZ) and chair the TANZ Foundation Ltd.  I was Secretary (2015-18) and am currently a truck driver with Pyrmont Cares Inc, a local volunteer furniture and whitegoods recycler.

I was the volunteer project director of the Tall Ship program for the RAN Fleet Review in 2013.

I can use this extensive work experience with volunteers and as a volunteer to bolster the Fleet’s member and volunteer recruitment and retention, through better volunteer induction, ensuring volunteer input to the Fleet’s strategic plans, and improving membership benefits.

jonsimpson@ozemail.com.au      0406 420624

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.