Creating Change

The Team

The Museum of Underwater Art Board was established in 2016 from an idea forged by marine scientists Dr Adam Smith and Dr Paul Marshall, in partnership with tourism expert Paul Victory.

They have been joined by a Board of well-respected and highly-skilled and motivated volunteer Directors committed to ensuring the success of the project.

MOUA is a registered non-for-profit organisation with Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Board of Directors

Paul Victory

SeaLink Travel Group / Museum of Underwater Art Chair

Paul Victory is the General Manager of Business Growth and Innovation at the SeaLink Travel Group and has a long history in tourism and leisure services in the Australian tourism industry.

The SeaLink Travel Group is one of Australia’s leading Tourism and Transport businesses and Paul has been with SeaLink’s executive team for the past 12 years, having spent a long period in international sales, business development, and marketing in SeaLink’s South Australian operations.

Paul has been a diver and keen advocate for marine tourism for 25 years.

Dr Adam Smith

Reef Ecologic / Museum of Underwater Art Deputy Chair

Dr Adam Smith is Deputy Chair of MOUA Pty Ltd, Managing Director of Reef Ecologic Pty Ltd, Director of Reef Restoration Foundation and Adj Assoc Professor at James Cook University. He is, scientist and leader who has a life long commitment to the marine environment and a vision to make a positive difference for current and future generations.  Adam develops partnerships and leads teams to design strategy, processes and projects to ensure long-term sustainable environmental, social and economic outcomes for communities, coral reefs and the planet.

Adam has worked in multiple roles in research, consulting, management, not-for-profit and Boards. He has worked previously for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, NSW Fisheries Research Institute, University of NSW, The Ecology Lab, NSW Fisheries, Recfish Australia and Australian Underwater Federation.  His work has been recognised with multiple national and international awards for excellence.

Adam is Adj Assoc Professor at James Cook University. He has been awarded a BSc (Hons) and PhD from UNSW in 1999, an MBA from UQ in 2003 and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Centre for Sustainability Leadership and Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He has authored 55 scientific papers and books. Adam is a commercial diver with over 2500 dives and a Queensland and Australian champion in fin swimming, photography and spearfishing. For more information see https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-adam-smith-20a30530/?originalSubdomain=au

Duane Fraser

Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee / Museum of Underwater Art Director

Duane is a proud Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner and has been involved in the development of the Indigenous targets and actions associated with the Reef 2050 Plan.

As a Community Engagement and Indigenous Project Specialist, his forward thinking- he is a strategic and committed young professional with a proven ability to influence, coordinate and achieve results particularly in the areas of youth development, human rights protection and the conservation and protection of the environment.

Vanessa Cannon

James Cook University / Museum of Underwater Art Director

Vanessa Cannon is the Vice Chancellor’s principal aide, providing support and advice on a broad range of governance and management issues including project management, budget and financial planning; she oversees, directs and coordinates a broad range of cross portfolio strategic initiatives; and drafts or oversees the development of position and policy papers. She is also responsible for a number of corporate governance functions including the University Secretariat, governance and executive policy, legal services, media and communications, corporate records, risk, compliance, internal audit and student complaints.

Vanessa is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (VCAC); Deputy Chair of the Vice Chancellor’s Health, Safety and Environment Advisory Committee, and holds an external Company Director role with the Museum of Underwater Art Ltd.  Previous roles at the University have included: General Staff member of the 16th Council of James Cook University (elected); Member of Finance Committee; Manager, Information and Space Planning with responsibility for strategic space planning (including timetabling) and management of the University’s Estate (2012-2014); Executive Officer to the Vice Chancellor, a senior administrative, management and executive support position to the Vice-Chancellor and other members of VCAC (2003-2010); and Director of UniHealth Medical Centre (2009-2010).

Prior to her career in Higher Education, Vanessa Cannon served 12 years in the Australian Regular Army as a logistics officer in various command, training and staff appointments including: Senior Logistician (S4) for the Australian Battalion (AUSBATT VIII) on Operation Citadel in Timor Leste responsible for the planning, management and delivery of supply, transport, maintenance, catering and medical services (2003); Officer Commanding Field Supply Company, 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion (2002-2003); Aide-de-Camp to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (2001) and appointment as Company Commander and Instructor at the Royal Military College Duntroon (1999-2000).

Kim Gebers

Port of Townsville / Museum of Underwater Art Director

Kim has extensive experience in the planning, management and development of major infrastructure assets.

For the past seven years he was the Chief Executive and General Manager of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. In this role Kim managed assets valued at $5 billion, and led the operational implementation of a $1.3 billion terminal expansion to increase its capacity from 56 to 85 million tonnes per annum.

Prior to this Kim was the Operations Manager and Deputy General Manager at Clyde Babcock-Hitachi. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Patricia O'Callaghan

Townsville Enterprise / Museum of Underwater Art Director

As Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL), Patricia O’Callaghan is responsible for driving economic development outcomes for Townsville North Queensland. In this role, Patricia works with local stakeholders to drive jobs, economic growth, infrastructure investment and a better quality of life for the broader community.  Patricia works with the five Local Government Areas to deliver this agenda, made up of Townsville, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, the Burdekin and Palm Island.

Patricia offers over 10 years of successful economic development, advocacy, project management, marketing and public relations experience combined with a three-year degree in Business majoring in Public Relations and Marketing.  On graduation, Patricia was also accepted into the Golden Key International Honours Society.

Patricia was recently named one of the 2018 BOSS Young Executives by the Australian Financial Review and was the recipient of the 2014 Australian Institute of Management – Young Manager of the Year Award for Queensland.

Patricia is currently a Director of the Queensland Country Credit Union Board, the Queensland Country Health Fund Board, the Australian Institute of Company Directors – Townsville Committee, the Queensland Community Partnerships Foundation – Townsville Committee, the Ignatius Park College Board and Townsville Rotary Club.

Michele Falconieri

Wilson/Ryan/Grose / Museum of Underwater Art Company Secretary

Michele Falconieri is the Partner in charge of the Commercial Solutions, Dispute Resolutions and Litigation work group at wilson/ryan/grose lawyers.

Michele became a Partner of the Firm in 2011 and has more than 15 years of experience across commercial, dispute resolution, restructuring, insolvency and litigation areas of law.

His qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

As an active member in the North Queensland business community Michele is currently the Deputy President of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ben Fusco

Australian Institute of Marine Science / Museum of Underwater Art Director

Ben is an experienced marine project professional, specialising in subsea construction and marine research. Ben has held senior positions on a number of large scale marine projects across Australia and currently manages subsea operations for the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Ben’s experience in delivering successful projects in some of the world’s most sensitive marine environments has directly contributed to his passion for the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of marine conservation and management.​

His extensive experience is underpinned by qualifications in Hyperbaric Operations, Occupational Health and Safety, Project Management, Change Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Conflict Management and Resolution. ​

Ben is pleased to be co-driving the MOUA and directly contributing to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef and further development of the Townsville region.​

Allison Rossetto

Palm Island Shire Council / Museum of Underwater Art, Palm Island Shire Council Representative

Jeff Jimmieson

Townsville City Council / Museum of Underwater Art, Townsville City Council Representative

MOUA Sponsors

The Museum of Underwater Art Board would like to acknowledge the generous and continued support of our government, corporate and individual partners.

Without the belief and backing of our community MOUA would not be possible.

Foundation Sponsors

Government Sponsors

Community Sponsors

Media Sponsors


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