Executive Management

Mr David Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 01 July 2019

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. In 2009, he accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer, where he was directly involved in the development of strategic direction of the Company. After being promoted to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in November 2018, he was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2019. 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
Executive 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 Piper 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 19 years. He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Governance Institute of Australia.


Ms Liz Buckey
Executive 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 Darren Thomas
Executive General Manager - People and Safety
Appointed June 2013

Darren joined MMA in June 2013 in the role of General Manager HSEQ and in March 2018 was appointed to the position of General Manager People and Safety. Darren holds a Master of Health Science (OHS) amongst other technical and leadership qualifications. During Darren’s career 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, including overseeing health and safety on Woodside’s mega projects, including front end engineering and design, execution, construction, commissioning and transition to production. Darren represents the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia Pacific Region on the Global HSSE Committee and is a regular contributor to industry health, safety, environment and human resource forums.

Mr Richard Furlong
Executive General Manager Offshore Services
Appointed 17 September 2019

Richard commenced his seagoing career as a deck officer cadet with BHP Transport in 1991. After completing his seatime on a variety of Australian vessels, Richard travelled overseas to gain further seagoing experience on General Cargo vessels and Cable Layers, working for the China Navigation Company (part of the Swire Group) and for UK based Global Marine Systems. After obtaining his foreign going masters ticket in 2002, Richard moved back to Australia to commence working in the Offshore Industry. In 2006, Richard joined MMA and sailed for a brief time as Master, prior to being offered a shore based position as Marine Superintendent in the Fremantle office. Richard then moved over to the Chartering department and in 2009, Richard was moved to the Singapore office to cover the Commercial desk of the international business at MMAS. On 1 October 2011, Richard was appointed Vessel Operations General Manager for the Australian Fleet.

Mr Stuart Edgar
Executive General Manager - Project Logistics
Appointed 05 November 2018

Stuart joined MMA in 2010 as part of the business development team, and was appointed to the role of Business Development Manager Australasia in 2016. Prior to joining the organisation, Stuart held BD roles at Toll Energy Logistics, Technip Oceania and CHC Helicopter. He has extensive experience in both onshore and offshore oil and gas logistics operations.

In November 2018, he was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager - Project Logistics. In this position he has responsibility for MMA's onshore facilities as well as leading MMA’s support to global oil and gas projects.