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Marine Rescue NSW Board of Directors
The inaugural Board of Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW (which trades as Marine Rescue NSW) was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Sydney on December 11, 2010. Directors must have been active members of Marine Rescue NSW for at least one year, unless there are special circumstances or qualifications.
The Board comprises three General Directors, elected by members across the State, and six Regional Directors, elected by members in their respective regions. The 2014/2015 Board is:
General Directors: James Glissan QC (Chair), Mark McKenzie and Patricia Fayers ESM.
Regional Directors: John Lynch (Mid North Coast), Bernie Gabriel ESM (Northern Rivers), Bill Carter ESM (Illawarra), David White ESM (Greater Sydney), Roger Evans (Hunter/Central Coast) and Glenn Felkin (Monaro).
James Glissan ESM, QC, General Director and Board Chair
A member of Marine Rescue Botany Bay, Jim Glissan joined the volunteer marine rescue community in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. He was admitted to practice as a Barrister in NSW and the High Court of Australia in 1971 and appointed Public Defender for NSW (1981-1985). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985, Acting NSW District Court Judge (1989-91) and Arbitrator of the Supreme Court of NSW (1992-1998) and is an Adjunct Professor of Law – School of Advocacy – University of Canberra. “As a Director of Marine Rescue NSW I intend to ensure the organisation is fully functional, properly funded and independent, while satisfying community needs and the Service Delivery Model.”
Mark McKenzie, General Director
Mark McKenzie is a member of Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking. He has a decade’s experience in volunteer marine rescue, including qualifying as a Coxswain in 2007 and serving as Unit Commander of MR Botany Bay from 2008 to 2013. He brings extensive experience as a Group Operations Manager for a major public transport operator and from his professional career spanning power generation and distribution, telecommunications and construction. “The membership of the organisation now and going forward to future generations relies on the skills of good governance and pertinent decision making of its representative board. I believe the organisation of MRNSW has many great and significant achievements in its short history and that I can offer, through my personal career based skills and experiences combined with my decade of volunteer service, worthwhile contribution to the organisation and its members by serving as a director.”
Patricia Fayers ESM, General Director
The first woman elected to the Board of MRNSW, Patricia Fayers ESM is a member of Marine Rescue Central Coast. She has served more than 16 years in volunteer marine rescue since joining the Central Coast Division of the RVCP in 1998. Mrs Fayers was appointed Divisional Commander from 2006 to 2010. Following the transition to MRNSW, she served as Watch Officer from 2010 to 2014 and was elected Unit Commander from 2012 to 2014. A Skipper One, she has participated in many assists and rescues and was has been integral to managing the delivery of new rescue vessels to the unit. Her other positions have included Assistant Quartermaster, radio invigilator and Boat Licence tester. “I believe our volunteers are the backbone of the organisation and that they deserve the strong support of a thoughtful and decisive Board.”
Bernie Gabriel ESM, Regional Director Northern Rivers
Bernie Gabriel ESM was elected as Northern Rivers Regional Director in 2013. A Life Member of MRNSW, Mr Gabriel is a member and former Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Point Danger, on the NSW-Queensland border. His contribution to marine rescue stretches back to 1965, when he became a Foundation Member of Tweed-Coolangatta Air Sea Rescue (ASR). His positions have included President and Vice President, Chief Training Officer, Chief of Operations, Chief Skipper and Volunteer Marine Rescue delegate for Queensland and NSW. “I thoroughly enjoy the personal contact with Unit Commanders and members of all units, which I have had over a long period of time. I will apply myself to duties of Regional Director with the same dedication as I have with all the positions I have held in Marine Rescue.”
John Lynch, Regional Director Mid North Coast
John Lynch is a member of Marine Rescue Forster. He joined the RVCP in 1995 and on completion of his Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency was appointed Secretary, followed by 10 years as Secretary Treasurer. As the Unit Commander for six years and with a dedicated team, he oversaw the funding and construction of a dedicated Search and Rescue Co Ordination Centre on the Forster breakwall. He was the RVCP delegate on the Mid North Coast Marine Advisory Committee for more than 12 years and a member of the State Rescue Board Accreditation Team. His professional background in the finance and banking industry saw him retire as Company Secretary of a regional bank. "With the Registered Training Organisation now approved, the policies and procedures already in place can now be refined and put into practice, enabling our members to receive the best possible training and respect they deserve."
Roger Evans, Regional Director Hunter/Central Coast
Roger Evans is a member of MR Lake Macquarie. His eight years’ experience includes three as Deputy Unit Commander until his election to the Board and he holds SAR and Crew ratings. A mechanical engineer before his retirement in 2000, he worked for 30 years for BHP. "I spent six years in the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, and as operations manager of BHP in Geelong, I was able to take time off for the Ash Wednesday bushfires. I moved to Newcastle in 1997 as Engineering Manager for One Steel - Wire Products Division before retiring in 2000. I’m a great supporter of MRNSW and the organisation has come a long way since conception. Of course, there is much more than needs to be done. I would hope as a director that the opportunity will provide for being part of a team that will advance the organisation and the support of its volunteers. I believe I can assist the board with my knowledge of the units and managerial experiences."
David White joined the Cottage Point unit (then part of the AVCGA) in 2004 at the completion of his service career as a Commander in in the Royal Australian Navy. He has served as the unit’s Training Officer and Training Systems Officer for two years and Unit Commander for five years. A vessel Master and active Coxswain, Mr White has developed and delivered cross-unit training within the Sydney Region, as well as supporting organisation-wide training initiatives and joining a working group to develop the new Constitution. He was highly commended in the Most Outstanding Contribution to Water Safety by an Individual category in the 2014 NSW Water Safety Awards. “I am proud of the successes of Marine Rescue in its short history. Our people see themselves as a unified team and work together collaboratively in a mutually respectful environment.”
Bill Carter ESM, Regional Director, Illawarra
Bill Carter is a member of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and a Life Member of MRNSW. An original director of MRNSW, he has held numerous positions in the State’s volunteer marine rescue sector, including NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Marine Committee Chair, Volunteer Marine Rescue Council Chair, VRA Vice President, State Rescue Board member, Shoalhaven Marine Rescue Association President and Marine Rescue Shoalhaven Unit Commander. Mr Carter is a skipper, NSW commercial coxswain and licensed automotive engineer. “I am cognizant of the need to recruit and retain volunteers through the provision of relevant and interesting training while at the same time providing them with an environment which is conducive to providing on the job satisfaction.”
Glenn Felkin, Regional Director Monaro
Glenn Felkin is a member of MR Batemans Bay, which he joined in 2009. A Marine Master, he has held positions including Acting Deputy Unit Commander, Training Officer, Watch Officer, Crew Leader, maintenance controller and member of vessel replacement teams. He was a crew trainer and assessor for the newly-established MR Moama unit and also an introductory trainer for the roll-out of the new Seahawk vessel tracking system for units from Kioloa to Eden. He has been employed in the aviation and motor industries, including 22 years with QANTAS. ”I have a profound understanding of what the MRNSW members and the organisation undertake on a day to day basis. I want to promote good corporate governance and to build a future-proof MRNSW in an open, transparent and ethical way.”