Executive Management

Mr David Ross
Chief Operating Officer
Appointed 30 June 2009

David started his career in vessel maintenance before commencing a seagoing career progressing from Junior Engineer to 1st Engineer. David has sailing experience onboard livestock vessels, service and supply vessels in the offshore industry, cape and handy size bulk carriers, general cargo and container vessels. In 1995, David moved into a shoreside position with BHP Transport, Melbourne, working initially as Ship Operations Officer. He progressed through the company as Ship Manager for cape and panamax size vessels; Senior Chartering Officer; and Scheduling & Operations Manager. In 2001, David moved to the Netherlands with BHP Billiton as Operations Manager and then Commercial Manager responsible for the development of chartering and trading controls. In July 2005, David joined MMA as the General Manager Operations, with the mandate to steer the three operating divisions of Vessel Operations, Slipway and Supply Bases through a period of rapid growth. Promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, David is directly involved in the development of strategic direction of the Company. He is also the Executive Director of MMA Offshore Asia Pte Ltd and Director of MMA Offshore Asia Sdn Bhd.

Mr David Cavanagh
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed 4 December 2017

David graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and biochemistry from the University of Queensland in 2004 and went on to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants two years later. He completed a CFO mentoring program with Australia’s Financial Executive Institute under the mentorship of BankWest’s CFO in 2015.

David soon emerged as a talented leader in Australia’s banking and finance industries; serving as the Manager, Corporate Advisory and Restructuring with PWC, Commercial Manager at Macquarie Bank and a Senior Analyst at Deloitte.

In 2010, David steered his career towards the marine logistics industry and spent seven years working within the Toll Group of companies. He held the position of General Manager, Finance and Commercial for Toll Resources and Government Logistics, a company with $1.2b in revenue per annum. Before this he spent time as the Manager of Finance and Commercial for Toll Energy and Marine Logistics, and for Toll Remote Logistics Pty Ltd.

In December 2017, David was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of MMA Offshore. David’s strong background in marine logistics coupled with his financial and commercial acumen, provides MMA with unique financial leadership.

Mr Dylan Roberts
General Manager Legal / Company Secretary
Appointed 19 August 2008

Dylan joined MMA in May 2007 in the role of Commercial Manager and was appointed Company Secretary on 19 August 2008. Previously, he was a Senior Associate with the law firm DLA Phillips Fox, where he practised in the areas of insurance, corporate and marine law. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1995) and a LLB degree (1997) at University of Natal (PMB), Dylan qualified as a Solicitor in South Africa, New South Wales and Western Australia. Dylan has worked in a legal capacity in all of these jurisdictions, as well as the UK over the past 10 years. Dylan is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Ms Liz Buckey
General Manager – Corporate Development
Appointed July 2010

Liz joined MMA in July 2010 and was appointed General Manager - Corporate Development in November 2012. Liz's areas of responsibility include Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Affairs and Risk Management. Previously, Liz was an Associate Director at Azure Capital where she worked on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and IPOs across a range of industries. Liz was also Chief Financial Officer of Azure Capital between 2004 and 2007. Prior to Azure, Liz was Financial Controller of Poynton and Partners and an Associate in their management consulting and corporate advisory practice. She also spent a number of years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Enterprise Solutions Group. Liz has a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and has completed the Corporate and Financial Strategy Executive Program at INSEAD in France.

Mr Michael Gillett
General Manager Human Resources
Appointed October 2010

Michael was appointed to the role of General Manager, Human Resources with MMA in October 2010. Michael joined the Company with a wealth of experience in the development and execution of HR strategies. After completing a Bachelor of Business (Computing), Michael joined Shell Australia in 1990 and performed various commercial, operations, and marketing roles in their downstream oil business. In 1996, Michael completed an MBA and transitioned into the HR field within the coal mining industry. For the last 15 years Michael has held senior leadership and management consulting roles covering all aspects of HR, including organisational change and development, industrial relations, remuneration and benefits, leadership development, and the delivery of HR systems and support.

Mr Darren Thomas
General Manager – Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ)
Appointed June 2013

Darren joined MMA in June 2013 in the role of General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ). Darren holds a Master of Health Science (OHS) amongst other technical and leadership qualifications. During Darren’s 20 year career in HSEQ he has held senior roles in bulk handling and transport, insurance risk management and oil and gas industries. Darren joined MMA from Woodside Petroleum where he held a number of senior health and safety roles, most recent of which overseeing health and safety on Woodside’s mega projects, including front end engineering and design, execution, commissioning and hand over to Production. Darren is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a regular contributor to various industry HSEQ forums including Offshore Project Safe.