How long have you been in your current role?
What does your role entail?
As a P&I Correspondent, my role is wide. It encompasses almost anything involving a big ship from dock damage through to collisions, cargo disputes, injuries, pollution and of course, wreck removal. It’s not for the faint-hearted. You need to be able to react quickly, think on your feet and be available / contactable 24/7.
How did you get started in the industry?
Well, I fell into it really. I left university to try and find a job, and ended up working at LUCRO at Lloyd’s of London doing recoveries claims involving oil shortages and contaminations. That happened to lead me into P&I.
What are some career highlights?
Working on the APL Sydney, Pacific Adventurer and Rena claims were certainly very interesting and challenging. But, Bayside was also involved with the Costa Concordia which had a number of Australian passengers on board. So, for a small company, we have been involved in some of the largest P&I claims in history.
Where did you work previously?
I started off my career with Lloyd’s of London and then moved to the P&I Club Gard in their UK Office. I had a short stint at WK Webster and Co before moving to Australia where I worked for a small Australian P&I Correspondent and then later, Middletons Lawyers. I set up Bayside in 2004.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What are your hobbies?
Squash and Golf. I used to play State 1 Level Squash and am a qualified squash coach. But, I tend to limp around the court a bit these days with two dodgy knees. As much I as I hate to confess it, I am a terrible golfer! But, I don’t let that stop me.
What’s your favourite television program or movie?
I loved the Grand Budapest Hotel. Its quirkiness appeals to my sense of humour. But, I also enjoy the Good Wife and Frasier.
What’s your favourite cuisine/meal?
Nothing beats a great steak, but I’m partial to Thai and Japanese food.
If you had a time machine, to which era would you go and why?
I think I’d go back to the mid-1980s. I was living in the Middle East at the time, and apart from the terrible fashion and big hair, it’s a time I really enjoyed and look back on fondly.
Where’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love Port Douglas, but France and Italy are also two of my favourite destinations.
What social issue do you feel strongly about?
I am generally not in favour of criminalisation of seafarers. Seafarers, especially the master and senior officers, are increasingly being investigated and charged when an accident happens, especially where environmental damage occurs. I think that this places undue stress on seafarers, particularly when they are far from home in a foreign jurisdiction.
I remain to be convinced that there is any benefit to the state in arresting, charging and detaining seafarers in cases of genuine accidents. In fact, in most instances it strikes fear into the heart of hard working seafarers, many of which, already operate under difficult circumstances separated from their friends and families for long periods of time.
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From the print edition March 9, 2017