The Management Committee to whom the operation of Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand is entrusted.

RADM Rothesay Swan AO CBE RAN (rtd)


Rear Admiral Rothesay ‘Ross’ Cathcart Swan was born at Orange, NSW on 1 June 1926 and entered the RAN College as a cadet midshipman in January 1940. Following a distinguished Naval career spanning more than forty years, Rear Admiral Swan retired from the RAN in 1983 and the following year became the Director Tall Ships – Australia (Bicentennial Authority). He has also been deeply involved in the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme since its inception.

Stephen Moss CSC | President

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, NSW

Stephen Moss was appointed Executive Director of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme in 2004, following a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2002 for his contribution to Navy’s amphibious and afloat support capabilities. Under his leadership, the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has continued to flourish and its youth development program is widely acknowledged as innovative and dynamic. Stephen was elected to the Australian Sail Training Association, now Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand (TANZ), Committee in 2005 and served in several roles before being elected President. He is Australia and New Zealand’s International Representative to Sail Training International (STI) and also on the executive committee of STI’s Tall Ship Forum.

CAPT Sarah Parry | Vice President

Windeward Bound Trust, TAS

Sarah is the builder, Master, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Trustee of the youth development sail training brigantine Windeward Bound. Sarah holds a Masters ticket in square sail, is a former board member and Treasurer of the Sydney Maritime Museum (Sydney Heritage Fleet), and has been involved in sail, steam and other motive power for over 45 years. Prior to Windeward Bound, Sarah was a member of the Royal Australian Navy, and then Senior Vice President of the Tasmanian wilderness based youth development project, PROJECT HAHN. Both Sarah and the Windeward Bound Trust were founding members of Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand, and have embraced the ideals of Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand since its inception.

Carol Shannon | Treasurer

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, WA

Following almost thirty years as a volunteer, including nineteen years as a Director, Carol was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation in July 2016. Carol’s professional experience spans the corporate sector, principally in banking and finance and incorporating seven years in the City of London, and the government sector, in senior business management roles with three State government statutory bodies. Carol is focused on long term delivery of premium youth development outcomes in Western Australia.

Jon Simpson | Secretary

Sydney Heritage Fleet, NSW

Jon retired as the General Manager of Sydney Heritage Fleet in 2012 and devoted himself to organising the 2013 International Fleet Review Tall Ship Festivals held in Australia and New Zealand. Jon has been sailing since he was 11 years old. He first went to sea professionally as a 15 year old deck hand on coasters in the North Sea, before undertaking a marine engineering apprenticeship with the New Zealand Shipping Co. Subsequently, he studied industrial engineering and undertook an MBA in voluntary sector strategic management. Jon sailed James Craig as a deck hand and worked as a riveter on the restoration of the John Oxley, Australia’s last coastal steam ship. Jon has considerable experience as Chief Executive of voluntary organisations in Australia and the UK, and has consulted widely in Australia and the US.

Jennifer Reilly GAICD | Committee Member

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, NSW

Jennifer joined the sail training community in 2009, coordinating STS Young Endeavour’s circumnavigation of Australia. She is currently the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Marketing Manager. Jennifer has over fifteen years experience in marketing and public affairs, and has previously worked as a communication advisor for the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Australian Navy. In 2013 she coordinated publicity for the Australia and New Zealand International Tall Ship Festival and the inaugural Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Communication and Applied Economics, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dean Lawrence | Committee Member

Spirit of Adventure Trust, New Zealand

Dean is the CEO of the Spirit of Adventure Trust, which operates the Spirit of New Zealand, based in Auckland. He is also involved in Coastguard New Zealand for over 30 years having completed his three year term as the National President and now remains on the Board as a Co-Opt member.. He is on the board of the International Marine Rescue Federation, the Asia Pacific Regional Board and is a Board Member of Water Safety New Zealand. Dean is heavily involved with his community as a volunteer at the Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi Club and Waiuku Coastguard.

Robyn Elkington OAM | Committee Member

South Passage, Queensland

As a founder member and long serving volunteer for the Queensland Sail Training Association and the tall ship South Passage, Robyn has devoted a great deal of time, energy and hard work to delivering personal development opportunities to Australian youth. A highly experienced and respected sailor, Robyn is a relieving master for South Passage, and has been involved in the office and on deck for over twenty years, providing development opportunities for hundreds of people. In 2013 Robyn was awarded Sail Training International Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her ongoing dedication to sail training. In 2014 Robyn received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to youth.

Murray Henstock | Committee Member


Murray has been involved with sail training since 2000 and is a Sail Training International Trustee. As a sail trainer and high school science teacher he seeks to connect teachers and students with sail training, and is currently researching the impact sail training has on teacher pedagogy. While working as Voyage Coordinator for the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme he developed the ‘Generic Youth Development Program’ and assisted with the development of the ‘Self-Assessment Tool Kit’ for Sail Training International. Murray is a previous winner of the Sail Training International Volunteer of the Year award, and regularly presents at International Sail Training and Tall Ships conferences. He is currently developing a range of sail training support material including a facilitators’ guide and teacher training guide, with curriculum links and resources.

Ian Kuhl | Committee Member


Ian has been involved with tall ships for over twenty years, starting as a watch leader then purser, Second Mate, First Mate and eventually Captain of STV One and All. He is a former President of the Australian Sail Training Association, former Chief Executive Officer and Operations Manager of the Sailing Ship Trust of South Australia, and current sailor and chandlery owner.

Peter Cole | Committee Member

Sydney Heritage Fleet, NSW

Peter has been involved with the Sydney Heritage Fleet for more than twenty years, including as a master of James Craig, as treasurer and on the board of directors. A former Navy Officer and management consultant, Peter is an examiner of the Nautical Institute Sailing Ship Endorsement Scheme delivered aboard James Craig. As Sydney Heritage Fleet moves towards delivering youth development training voyages in the context of sail training, Peter brings a new perspective to deliberations of the Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand Committee.

Tash Jamieson | International Youth Representative

STS Young Endeavour

Tash Jamieson is Program Manager for the university entrepreneurship program UNSW Founders. She has previously worked internationally, as an inaugural in-country Alumni Engagement Manager for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Events and Communications Manager at the Australia – China Chamber of Commerce, and for the United Nations Development Programme. Tash is also the Alumni Manager for the Australia-China Youth Dialogue. Tash has a Masters in International Relations from Tsinghua University, and a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is an alumna of STS Young Endeavour.