Board of Management

Kate Roffey

Kate has extensive experience within the commercial, government, sport and not-for-profit sectors, providing high-level expertise in strategic and operational planning and delivery, stakeholder management, organisational change management and political strategy.

Kate has also holds a number of non-executive director roles. Kate is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Director of the Melbourne Football Club, a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Committee, Chair of Enterprise Maribyrnong, a Director of Melbourne University Sport, and is an Ambassador for the Skin Cancer Foundation and Berry Street.

Des Powell
Deputy Chairman

Des Powell has held a range of senior executive management roles in both the private and public sectors in Australia and Asia prior to operating his own consultancy business up to 2015. In addition he holds a number of key governance appointments. These include Chair of Federation Training, Chair of MacKillop Family Services, Director of Barwon Water, a Director of Mercy Education and as a sessional commissioner at Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor regulation.

Peter Niblett
Board Member

Peter Niblett has extensive knowledge in finance, risk management and major technology projects. Until 2016 he was an Executive Director in Risk Advisory Services with Ernst & Young in Melbourne. Earlier he worked with Ernst & Young in London where he coordinated the technology activities for the firm in the UK government sector. His responsibilities included delivering large-scale projects on procurement and shared services across all government agencies in the UK.

Peter is a University Council member of Deakin University and is a independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO).

Senior Management

Peter Mannion
Chief Executive Officer

Peter is a maritime lawyer with extensive experience in maritime safety, risk and regulatory compliance. For the past 12 years Peter has been a key member of the Rio Tinto Shipping Executive Leadership Team responsible for operations, safety and legal compliance.

Peter has been an active participant in the wider shipping industry both in Australia and overseas for many years and has previously held the roles of Director of Rightship Pty Ltd, and Director of Maritime Industry Australia Limited.

Ian Clydesdale
Commercial Manager

A senior CPA qualified finance & commercial executive with extensive experience in various industries and a proven track record in medium to large businesses.

A logical thinker with a direct, goal orientated leadership style with experience in process improvements , mergers & acquisitions, business restructure, project and change management

Industry experience in finance and commercial roles includes Brambles, Mayne Logistics, Toll, Linfox, Cleanaway and Kangan Institute

David Shennan
Marine Manager and Harbour Master, Port of Geelong

Captain Shennan brings a wealth of experience to the role being a Master Mariner and having previously served as the Harbour Master at the ports of Portland and Melbourne and Deputy Chief Executive and Harbour Master at Harwich Haven Authority in the United Kingdom.

Stuart Christie
Development Manager

Stuart is an infrastructure and utilities professional with experience in network operations, strategic analysis and economic regulation. His industry experience includes water, telecommunications and heavy manufacturing. Stuart’s key skills include the analysis of complex infrastructure networks, assessment of business expenditure and aligning strategic analysis with operational outcomes. Stuart has qualifications in civil engineering, economics and computing.