Board of the Seaworks Foundation

Chairman-Trevor Huggard AM

Trevor is the Managing Director of Finmay Pty Ltd and THA Consultants, Structural Engineers and Planners specialising in heritage structures. Trevor is passionate about maritime heritage. He has been a consultant to the National Trust and Heritage Victoria for 35 years and was instrumental in saving Gem Pier at Williamstown and many other maritime structures such as the South Channel Pile, Queenscliff Pier and Life Boat Shed. Trevor is the founding Chairman of Enterprize Tall Ship Committee and the Melbourne Osaka Yacht Race Committee, a former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the inaugural inductee of the Yachting Hall of Fame and record holder of the most Melbourne to Hobart yacht races. Trevor sees Seaworks as crucial in defining Victoria’s maritime heritage.

Patsy Toop OAM

Patsy is a local resident and partner in a Melbourne legal firm. She is a member of a number of not for profit boards including WISE Employment and the Trades Hall Workers Health Centre. Patsy is an advocate for preserving Williamstown’s heritage and the seaport as a location of early settlement.

Rod Page

Rod is a local resident with an interest in protecting Williamstown’s maritime heritage values especially through his interest in wooden boat building. He is a chartered accountant with his own practice. Rod has been a member of local community boards and was, for six years, a president of The Williamstown Festival Board.

Gina Smith

Gina has worked in both private and public sectors in project management, administration and research roles. For more than 20 years she has been a dedicated volunteer to the not-for-profit sector specialising in sports administration and event management. Gina’s links to Melbourne’s West include six years volunteering with the Western Region Football League, and as a recent Masters student at Victoria University. Gina is an enthusiastic supporter of the Seaworks Foundation’s vision for this historical maritime precinct, and is looking forward to being a part of the preservation and restoration of this significant site.

Craig Bramich

Craig has spent 25 years in senior property operations roles in Victoria and is currently the Business Development Manager for an Australian company specialising in sales knowledge management. Craig spent five years in the Royal Australian Navy and was stationed at the Williamstown Naval Dockyards during the re-fit of the HMAS Derwent adjacent to Seaworks. His maritime past, passion for living in Melbourne’s inner west and around its historical treasures manifests in a future vision where Seaworks and other local attractions are linked to realise their national value and identity.

Peter Hemphill

Peter is an award winning journalist with The Weekly Times newspaper in Melbourne. He is a Newport resident and has been a councillor on Hobson’s Bay City Council since 1999, serving as Mayor in 2008-09. Peter has a penchant for history and preserving local heritage and has spent decades researching his own family history. He was the inaugural president of the Williamstown Maritime Association and, with others, has organised a number of maritime exhibitions at the Seaworks site.

Nick Byrne

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in Tourism Investment, Project Management and Urban Planning and has been responsible for the implementation of a number of private and public sector projects.  Currently, Nick is responsible for the attraction of tourism investment to Victoria as part of the role that Tourism Victoria plays in growing and enhancing visitor experiences.   He has an educational background in town planning and marketing and has extensive experience in attraction and facilitation of new investment from concept to reality.

He has led on submissions for new domestic and foreign investment and managed feasibility and project master plans for key projects.  Additionally, he has facilitated project planning approvals and undertaken business and market assessments for new investment concept ideas and proposals.  His skills in stakeholder management and consultation, ability to initially sell investment ideas and take leadership on investment concepts and projects, provide a solid platform for realising new investment and project development.

Nicks commitment to the tourism industry is strengthened by involvement in the Victorian Tourism Awards as a Judge and Mentor.

Mike Brady AM

Mr Brady has formed and operated his own record, publishing and advertising companies, and worked with several advertising agencies. He has also held directorships of tourism Victoria and several charity and non-profit organisations, including Variety and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Mr Brady currently works at Melbourne radio station 3AW. He was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2013 for service to the community and to music as a composer and performer.

Management Summary

Executive Officer – Pauline Hobbs

Pauline joined the Seaworks Foundation in March 2014. Her prior work experience brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to the Seaworks vision.