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Organisational Structure

ADAS operates as a not-for-profit incorporated association on a cost-recovery basis. ADAS receives no government funding and has no paying members or shareholders.

The Scheme, particularly in relation to offshore oil and gas activities, operates under the general direction of the Federal Government Department of Industry and responsibility for the specific corporate governance and strategic oversight of the Scheme is vested in the independent ADAS Board.

Governance Arrangements

The ADAS Board acts in a policy governance role and the day-to-day administration and operations are undertaken by ADAS staff under the direction of an Executive Director.

The ADAS Board comprises of independent non-executive Directors from various sectors of the occupational diving industry, each offering particular expertise and industry experience to the Board.

These Directors are independent of management and free from any business relationship or other circumstance that could interfere with objective, unfettered or independent judgement. The Board Directors perform their duties on a strictly voluntary basis.

The Board’s role is fundamentally to create and deliver value through the effective governance of the organisation and Directors also undertake to act as a conduit between their organisations and ADAS.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Industry, the Board is required to ensure that ADAS:

  • delivers and continues to deliver its full range of diver certification functions;
  • is conducted so that its administrative, operational, training, assessment and diver certification standards, policies, procedures and practices are, and remain, at the level of best practice and result in a standard of diver certification acceptable to the Department and that enables the maintenance of the ADAS international recognition agreements.

The Board is required to report to the Department on an annual basis with respect to the finances, fees and the administration of the Scheme.

ADAS Board membership expressions of interest

If you are interested in joining the ADAS Board please send your expression of interest by submitting the ADAS Board Membership Expression of Interest Form.

Ian Milliner (Chair)

Company Director, Project Manager, Trainer

Ian is a generalist business, project and training manager, with extensive experience in the maritime, subsea and logistics industries. As Managing Director of The Underwater Centre Fremantle Pty Ltd and following its acquisition of James Fisher Australia Pty Ltd, Ian was responsible for diversified companies that specialized in submarine rescue services and submarine escape training for the RAN, commercial diver training for industry and project by project support and marine crewing for the oil and gas industry.

As a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diver (CD), Ian saw three years’ service as a CD with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

Ian has held a number of senior industry administrative positions concurrent to his work including Secretary of the Australia Scuba Council, National Scuba Qualification Commission and WA Branch of the RAN Clearance Diving Association. He has also been a member of the Boating Industry Association (BIA) Boat Show Sub Committee and a member Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee of the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Ian is the former National Manager of FAUI/NASDS, and is currently the inaugural Secretary of the Navy Clearance Diver Trust and a current graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rob Gatt

ADAS Executive Director

Rob was a member of the Victoria Police from 1982 – 2010 and spent much of his career as part of the Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad (an ADAS Training Establishment). Rob has a Diploma in Training and Assessment, Frontline Management and an Advanced Diploma in Supervision.  Rob’s experience includes that of a police diver, dive supervisor and training manager whilst at the Search and Rescue Squad and was actively involved in the development of national training competencies for the Public Safety Training Package.  His experience includes work in the TAFE sector in training and course development, and the development and accreditation of courses and Registered Training Organisations within the VET system. Rob was Deputy Director ADAS form 2010-2011 and during this time was instrumental in the creation of the world’s first Dive Supervisor Training Simulators.

Alan Strong

General Manager of Hydropro PTE Ltd, Singapore

Alan has accumulated over 25 years’ experience in the Commercial Diving industry in diverse environments and applications from oil rigs to preparing Viaduct Harbour for the America’s Cup and managing much of the Rena Salvage Operation off Tauranga.  Recently he has been salvage master of several barge and cargo ship salvages including providing expertise, the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists, and divers for the recently sunk Sindhughosh class submarine in India. Presently general manager of Hydropro PTE LTD in Singapore which specializes in offshore diving operations and rope access for the oil and shipping industries.  Alan was the first accredited trainer of commercial divers to international specifications in New Zealand, and established the training operation that grew into the New Zealand School of Commercial Diver Training in July 2000, and sold in 2013.

Ian Bray

Assistant National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)

Ian has been a Seafarer since 1985, and a Union Official since 2003 first as the WA Assistant Branch Secretary until 2009 and currently as Assistant National Secretary of MUA, and has a good background in workplace Occupational Health and Safety. He has previously been a Board member of WA Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council. Ian currently has responsibility of the diving membership of the MUA.

Paul Masters

Subsea Operations Manager – Bhagwan Marine

After several years as a senior recreational diving instructor, Paul began full time in the commercial diving industry in 2000. Since that time Paul has worked across a broad range of roles throughout the industry. Initially working in the Australian onshore civil construction market as a diver and diving supervisor whilst he also spent time as a Hyperbaric Technician for Fremantle Hyperbaric Unit and as a Senior Commercial Diving instructor for an ADAS Training Establishment. After spending four years in the US as construction air and saturation diver as well as an air and surface gas diving supervisor and superintendent, Paul returned to Australia. Since his return he completed roles as the General Manager of an ADAS Training Establishment, an offshore air diving supervisor, a consultant to a major oil and gas operator, and as a Project Manager and Operations Manager for Neptune Diving & ROV when they were one of the largest employers of commercial divers in Australia. Currently Paul is the Subsea Operations Manager for Bhagwan Marine, the major supplier of vessels and other services to the Australian offshore oil and gas industry.

Greg Hodge

Principal, Pacific Management Partners Pty Limited

Greg is the principal of Pacific Management Partners Pty Limited and has held numerous senior executive leadership positions at the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager levels in the services, high technology development, telecommunications, industrial, maritime and Defence domains delivering to both Government and industry customers.

Greg has a long history of involvement with the hyperbaric industry and, among other roles, has been the managing director of Serco Defence and CEO of DMS Maritime.  Serco Defence is a broad based services organisation undertaking complex project management, engineering and technical services for Defence Forces, Customs and paramilitary organisations across the African, Middle Eastern, Asian and Australian/New Zealand regions.  DMS Maritime delivers a range of maritime operational and engineering services and projects, including the provision of all patrol boat maintenance support, port services, offshore operations, towage, bunkering and training to the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and eight Pacific Island countries.

Amanda Sordes

University Dive Officer – Macquarie University

With two Masters degrees in Environmental Protection and Management, Amanda started her career in Scotland as an environmental consultant. Having dived recreationally since age 17, she retrained as a commercial diver in early 2011 in Scotland. After working in the onshore construction industry for a year around the UK she became a CSWIP 3.2u inspector and worked offshore on UWILD projects in Asia and the Caspian sea.

In early 2013 Amanda moved to Sydney and has been working as a Dive Officer at Macquarie University since. She has supervised a great variety of scientific projects, from shark tagging to sediment coring. Amanda gained Onshore Supervisor and ATAM certifications and has assisted on the training and assessment of several ADAS Part 1R courses, in collaboration with University of Tasmania, delivered both in Sydney and in Hobart.

Dr. Sarah Lockley

Senior Medical Officer – Royal Australian Navy (focusing as Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit Medical Officer, and Deputy Fleet Medical Officer)

Sarah began her career as an assistant nurse, personal care assistant, and scientific officer before gaining a Bachelor of Medicine (Hons) in 2002.  From then, until she completed her Submarine Underwater Medicine training in 2005, Sarah worked as a medical officer and registrar in civilian hospitals.  Her military career began in 2005 when Sarah was appointed as a Medical Officer at HMAS Penguin.

Since that time, Sarah has continued to expand her knowledge and skills in hyperbaric medicine, including being deployed to the Arabian Gulf as a medical officer, and is currently active as a Royal Australian Navy senior medical officer and a civilian General Practitioner.

Sarah also sat on the Board of Directors for the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) and has a keen focus on hyperbaric health.

Shane McDonnell

President – Association of Diving Contractors New Zealand (ADCNZ)

Shane began his occupational diving career in 1990 as both a SCUBA and SSBA diver and since then has gone on to complete training as an onshore air diving supervisor, a diving manager, and a project manager.  Shane also has a strong involvement with training recreational divers and was instrumental in the creation of the first PADI IDC 5-star centre in Wanganui, New Zealand.

During his career, Shane has built three separate diving related businesses and is the director of each.  His businesses have allowed him to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience in commercial diving ranging from all aspects of constructing diving work such as salvage operations, Non-Destructive Testing, and pipeline work; and also significant business related knowledge such as the creation of policies and procedures,  setting up equipment maintenance systems, and general day-to-day business operations.

Shane’s commitment to the occupational diving industry was recognised in 2017 when he was appointed as a Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG) representative on the WorkSafe New Zealand advisory board, and most recently Shane has been elected as president of the Association of Diving Contractors New Zealand (ADCNZ) which acts as the voice of the industry and lobbies on behalf of its members to improve conditions and standards for commercial divers.

Peter Sieniewicz

Technical Adviser – Diving for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

Peter Sieniewicz has been lead diving technical advisor for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) since 2012 which sees him draw on his 14 years of experience as a specialist diving inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom.  Peter not only brings his Health and Safety expertise to the ADAS Board of Directors, but also his experience in research, legislation, diver training and project management.

Beginning his diving career in Canada, Peter relocated to England in the 1970’s taking on a number of roles in the hyperbaric industry with a  focus on Health and Safety but also ROV management.  Shane’s current focus relates to Health & Safety in the offshore oil and gas industry.

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