AMOSC General Manager
Nick Quinn joined the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre in August 2010 after a 6 year term with Maritime New Zealand as the Group Manager, Marine Pollution Response Services and after a 22 year career in the New Zealand Navy.
During his time in the navy, Nick qualified as a bridge watch keeper, ship commander and Mine Clearance Diving Officer and spent 14 years in the naval diving group focusing on explosives operations, demolitions and salvage diving. He was also involved in riverine operations in Cambodia, had a secondment to the Royal Malaysian Navy, spent service time with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Navy and United States Navy and commanded several New Zealand ships. He completed his career in the rank of Commander and as the Director of the New Zealand Defence Geospatial service.
While employed at Maritime New Zealand, Nick chaired the OPRC-HNS Technical Group at the International Maritime Organisation and was one of five National On Scene Commanders.
Nick is now the General Manager of AMOSC’s team involved with responding to Australia-wide marine oil spills.
Deputy General Manager
Phillip Starkins is the Deputy General Manager having joined AMOSC in January 2012, after 4 years working in the Victorian Department of Transport and 6 years with the Australian Government, Office of Transport Security and Department of Transport and Regional Services.
During his time with VIC DoT, Phillip was the Manager Marine Pollution where he ensured that the State Government effectively managed the risk of marine pollution. This included managing a multi-million dollar budget, delivering pollution response projects, representing Victoria on national committees and managing a number of specialised staff. Other public sector roles included as the A/g Director Operational Delivery Security & Emergency Management, Principle Security Risk Advisor (Victorian State Government), Senior Policy Officer, and Victorian Team Leader (Office of Transport Security).
Phillip holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of International Relations (Monash University), and a Master of Public Policy & Management (University of Melbourne). His competencies include as a trained incident controller (level three), exercise management, business continuity and oil spill incident response. He has extensive experience emergency risk management.
Phillip coordinates the day-to-day operations of the centre.
Jessica Miller is the Senior Technical Officer (Marine Science) having joined AMOSC in March 2011. Jessica is an oil spill response professional with operational experience in oil spill incidents, IMO accredited training and exercising, across the UK, NZ and Australia.
Jessica holds degrees in Marine Biology/Zoology and a Master of Marine Science from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining AMOSC, Jessica’s focus was marine research. Her studies looked at quantifying larval dispersal and connectivity in freshwater and marine fish populations using transgenerational isotopic labelling.
At AMOSC, Jessica provides environmental advice, technical support and leadership in oil spill preparedness and operations. Her key responsibilities include the coordination and facilitation of AMOSC training courses, risk management workshops, oil spill exercises and the review of oil pollution emergency plans. Jessica also represents AMOSC on a number of National Plan Working Groups and within the Environmental and Scientific Coordinators (ESC) Network. In 2015, Jessica successfully managed the development and delivery of the National Plan oil spill exercise, Phase Two – Exercise Westwind.
Jessica is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor.
Technical Officer- Operational Planning
Andrew McCallum is the Technical Officer- Operational Planning, having joined AMOSC in May 2012 following over 15 years working in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the Oil & Gas industry.
Since graduating from RMIT as a Chemical Engineer, Andrew worked predominantly in the upstream Oil & Gas industry, spending significant time rotating to offshore and onshore drilling rigs from the UK sector to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Andrew then returned to Australia and for the next 4 years, moved into Water and Process Chemical Treatment supply and Account Management for major industry in the western region including the Shell, Mobil, and Qenos refineries, and Ford and Toyota’s production plants. Andrew moved back into drilling operations with an Australian owned chemical and engineering provider which resulted in time spent off the North West Shelf, a brief time in PNG, and then ongoing work for major power companies Contact Energy and Mighty River Power in New Zealand on geothermal drilling projects.
Andrew is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor.
Business Services Advisor
Emily Webb is the Business Services Advisor having joined AMOSC in September 2011 following over 10 years working in a variety of operational roles.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Police studies and Cert IV in Accounting. After her degree study, Emily moved into the logistics field where she worked as an import/export coordinator for 5 years. This role saw Emily dealing with a multitude of clients, organisations, departments & companies- both domestic & international in a fast moving consumer goods role. After this time, Emily then worked for a freight company improving the organisational structures, creating policies & procedures, introducing and training the company in mass management whilst testing and rolling out a new software system. During this time Emily completed her diploma in Logistics.
Emily is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor.
Technical Officer- Oiled Wildlife
Lee Mould is the Technical Officer Oiled Wildlife having joined AMOSC in February 2016, following over 6 years working for Chevron Australia in Perth for both the Environment and Emergency Management teams.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology, City and Guilds in Construction Engineering and a Higher National Diploma in Landscape Management. Prior to joining AMOSC, Lee worked as an Ecologist and Emergency Responder for the Gorgon Gas Development Project and was responsible for the implementation of wildlife management and scientific research on Barrow Island, located off the North West Coast of Australia. Key responsibilities included emergency response capability development and preparedness for bushfire and oiled wildlife, including training and incident response and investigation.
Lee has a total of twenty four years’ experience of ecological consulting and environmental management, wildlife conservation and research and has worked for multiple global companies in Australia, Canada, Central America (Costa Rica / Belize), France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United States and the United Kingdom.
Wiremu (Woody) Leef is the Manager West having joined AMOSC in January 2013 after a 22 year career in the New Zealand Navy. During his naval career Wiremu gained significant experience and specialised in both marine and aviation operations, with his last role seeing him responsible for safety compliance and the operational capability generation of all naval vessels.
During his time in the navy, Wiremu qualified as a Bridge Watch Keeper, Tactical Airborne Coordinator and Ship Commander. He was involved in numerous operational deployments to the Arabian Gulf in both maritime and aviation roles, gained significant operational planning experience working within the Joint Military Headquarters as well as spending service time with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian and Royal New Zealand Air Forces. He spent 18 months in command of the navy Operational Dive Support vessel which saw him involved in support of the MV RENA incident in 2010. He completed his career in the rank of Commander and in charge of the NZ Navy Maritime Operational Evaluation Team.
In 2011 Wiremu graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Masters in Strategic Studies focusing on International Relations and Strategic Issues.
Senior Technical Officer
Nathan Young is the Senior Technical Officer Perth having joined AMOSC in early 2013 after 10 years experience in the oil industry.
Nathan commenced his career in the industry with Exxon Mobil as a mechanical technician in their UK based refinery, Fawley. During this time, Nathan picked up technical qualifications in mechanical operations and maintenance throughout the refinery. After this, Nathan moved into oil spill response with the Oil Spill Response Ltd based in Southampton. He worked mainly in the Operations and Projects team providing specialised services to clients. Nathan has also worked in various spills throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the USA. He also led and conducted training and advisory work in all of these locations.
Nathan is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor
Joanne Prescott is the Administration Officer having joined AMOSC in December 2013. Prior to this, Joanne worked for 7 years in the Mining industry in a variety of roles including Reception and Office Coordination. Joanne has a Certificate IV in Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Nursing.
Joanne has held a variety of roles in both the health industry and also administration and accounts support. Joanne has worked predominantly in NSW and throughout Victoria. Joanne has worked in small teams providing greater support to the wider company. She has also worked extensively in FIFO support, airline contracts coordination and also with hospitality negotiations. Joanne is primarily responsible for AMOSC’s administration and reception duties, playing an integral part in the coordination and material preparation for AMOSC’s training courses.
Technical Advisor- Operations
Dale Jolly is the Senior Technical Officer Operations having joined AMOSC in 2002 after spending most of his previous career as a qualified diesel mechanic. Dale has worked in a wide variety of areas including six years in the oil field industry based in Australia and also Papua New Guinea.
Dale spent the earlier part of his career gaining qualifications in heavy machinery maintenance and operation. After a period of consolidation, Dale started working within the oil industry mainly around Australia both on and offshore. In the early 2000’s, Dale started with AMOSC and applied the working experiences he gained into the AMOSC team. Dale attended a number of spills over this period and then was involved with the Montara response and Pacific Adventurer. He has had a lot of interaction with the AMOSC Core group over this time and is involved with leading the AMOSC Operations Team.
Dale is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor.
Technical Officer- Operations and Projects
Paul Manestar is the Technical Officer Operations and Projects having joined AMOSC in May 2011 after 16 years’ experience with the computing industry.
Paul completed a Bachelor of Science (Computing and Mathematics) in 1997 and then moved into the IT software aspect of computing. Paul has worked many of Geelong’s companies gaining experience in business administration and Information technology including Godfrey Hirst, Breeze Software, Radiant Systems, Technology Assistance Group, and Barwon Computers. After a significant time in this industry, Paul moved to AMOSC several years ago. Since being with AMOSC, Paul has built a Maintenance Scheduling and Asset Register database to help with the management and coordination of a vast stockpile of equipment. Paul has been involved with several oil spills and has attended the oil-on-water response exercise conducted by the Norwegian administration.
Paul is an accredited Cert.IV workplace trainer/assessor.
Mike Simm joined the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre in February 2016 after a 32 year career in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
During his time in the navy, Mike has been posted to a number of different vessels and classes of ships. He has completed deployments to the Indian Ocean during the Falkland’s War as well as other operational areas such as Timor and Afghanistan in 2009/10. Mike also worked in the New Zealand Army for 3 years teaching and coaching young and unemployed people through a 6 week course conducted to help them gain life skills and integrate into the work force. He completed his career in the rank of Chief Petty Officer Seaman Combat Specialist. Throughout his career, Mike has supervised large teams for specialised taskings. After the navy, Mike moved into rigging inspection and certification services prior to moving to AMOSC.
Matt Breen is the Technical Officer (west) Operations and is based out of Fremantle and Hamilton Hill in WA. Matt has spent the last 6 years in the downstream oil and gas industry with BP Kwinana being responsible for inspection, maintenance and functional testing of a wide range of emergency response equipment including industrial fire-fighting and marine oil spills equipment.
Matt has previously spent six years as an Insurance underwriter in the London Insurance Market and fourteen years in the Agricultural industry specialising in Fungiculture. During this time, Matt supervised resources and outputs for the industry as the production supervisor and gained experience in equipment and personnel management. He also travelled to Germany and Holland to study and understand new processes and technologies and then to implement these new technologies and process into the Australian agricultural environment. Matt then worked for BP in several areas including assisting incident management training and the training/exercising of front line responders including within multi-agency exercise scenarios.