Meet The Team
Pacific Tug employs in excess of 150 quality, specialised crew backed by our equally experienced shore based management and support team below.
Mr. Con Peters
Chairman of the Board
Con is a founding Director and Shareholder Pacific Tug whose origin dates back to 1965. He is still actively involved in the business and provides invaluable mentoring and guidance based on the vast experience he has gained in over 50 years of being in business. Chris, Sam and Robert are Cons sons.
David Beatty BCom, FCPA
David Beatty serves as a consultant in a wide range of areas and worked with Arthur Andersen for 27 years. During this period he provided financial consulting services to medium to large companies. He has an acute understanding of the complexities and challenges of family owned businesses. David holds directorships and advisory roles with a number of privately owned Australian family businesses, plays an active role in the community and is involved in a number of not-for-profit boards. David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Capt. Chris Peters, Master Mariner D.N.S., B.Bus
As CEO, Chris has the overall responsibility for managing and leading the organisation. He is well equipped to do so as an accredited Foreign Going Master and accomplished Seafarer with extensive experience on Tankers, Dredging and offshore work. Chris also has a Diploma of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business in Maritime Management and a Class One Certificate of Competency.
Personnel & Logistic Manager
Sam studied at the Emerald Agricultural College and spent time as a butcher, farrier and occasional rodeo rider before joining the new Pacific Tug in 2007. Initially working as an AB on the PT Zarka, Sam acquainted himself with all aspects of working within the business. In his current role he is responsible for OHS&E, recruiting and scheduling our skilled crews, travel arrangements and training.
Gavin Wolpert, C.Eng, Dip Marine/Survey
Fleet Engineering Manager
Gavin has over 28 years of experience in the maritime industry including fleet management roles supporting commercial and defence projects. His qualifications include a marine mechanical engineering trade; Engineer Class III and Master Class V tickets and Diplomas in Marine Surveying, Project Management, Marine Engineering and Maritime Business. Gavin also has extensive experience in internal, external & safety auditing and managing compliance with Classification Societies, State & National marine authorities and International Standards & conventions.
In his role as Fleet Engineering Manager, Gavin is responsible for ensuring all legislative and class requirements for the Pacific Tug fleet are met and maintained and for providing technical advice and engineering support to the company vessels to ensure well maintained and safe equipment.
After completing year 10 at Iona College, Robert commenced an apprenticeship as a diesel fitter with D.A.M.E and went on to work for Rocklea Carrying Company. Robert later gained extensive experience as an operator for a liquid storage shipping terminal and as a maintenance fitter on aircraft refuelling equipment for Shell and Mobil.
This background enabled Robert to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to head up the Maintenance team at Pacific Tug ensuring that the company vessels are maintained to a very high industry standard.
David McGilvray, MBA TecM
Business Development Manager
David has a Master of Business Administration – Technology Management from Deakin University in Melbourne and a wealth of experience in delivering solutions, enhancing client experience, developing new client relationships and developing strategies to compliment client requirements.
David is the main point of contact for sales related inquiries. His responsibilities include marketing, networking, managing client relationships and preparing expression of interest and request for tender submissions along with quotations.
Dr. Darryl Savage, BAppSc(Hons), Grad Cert (H Ed), PhD
Commercial Manager and Strategic Projects Co-ordinator
Commercial Manager and Strategic Projects Co-ordinator
Darryl has worked throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions and prior to joining Pacific Tug, worked in the international development and agriculture sectors. He has completed the Advanced Management Program through Melbourne Business School and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and PhD.
Darryl is responsible for high level strategic planning to identify new business / market opportunities aligned with the principles of the company and developing comprehensive business cases for those opportunities. In addition, Darryl monitors the commercial side of contracts with respect to project progression and compliance.
Assistant Operations Manager
Clinton has 15 years’ experience in a variety of Architectural, mechanical Engineering & mining disciplines as a designer and manager of a Cad team using Autodesk packages (Autocad and inventor) in both the two & three dimensional environments.
In his current role, Clintons’ main responsibilities include assisting with Class / Flag management, ensuring adequate resources are available to the vessels, liaising with our Technical and Maintenance departments on repair and maintenance issues and undertaking vessel audits. Clinton also produces drawings and plans for projects and the vessels.
Kim Jenkins, BCom
Kim has extensive experience in the banking and finance industry and business management. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance.
Kim is responsible for the overall smooth running of the office and administrative functions of the business including overseeing the Integrated Management System, general insurances, staff recruitment, managing real property assets and providing policy direction.
Jade Griffiths, BInBus(Hons)
HR / IR Co-ordinator
Jade has a Bachelor of International Business (Honors) majoring in Accounting and Japanese and won a scholarship from the Japanese Government to study at Nagoya University. She then spent over 2 years working abroad before settling back in Australia.
Jade has over 15 years’ experience in the Maritime Industry starting in payroll and progressing through accounts management into a HR and IR management role.
She joined the company in 2011 and now plays a major role in taking care of our crew (our extended family) as well as leading industrial relations.
Jade is a qualified Rehabilitation and Return to Work Co-ordinator and winner of the Seacare Rehabilitation Award 2014.
Megan Woelders, BCom
Megan holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has gained significant business experience across a number of disciplines including Human Resources, Business Administration, Accounting and Policy Formulation.
As Compliance Manager, Megan is responsible for the regular review of processes and procedures to ensure all areas of the business are properly documented within the Integrated Management System. She tracks Health, Safety, Environment and Quality performance through regular audits and Management Reviews.
Leigh spent 7½ years in Payroll and Accounts in the Construction industry and then 18 months in a Reception role prior to joining Pacific Tug in 2010.
In her current role, some of Leigh’s major responsibilities include maintaining Payroll and Accounts system data, the accurate and timely calculation and processing of the payroll and payroll related payments, and processing accounts receivable and payable.
Julie Lucas, BCom
Payroll / Accounts Officer
Julie has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting. She worked for the electricity industry for 26 years in various roles mainly involving IT and system support before joining Pacific Tug in July 2013.
In her current role, some of Julie’s major responsibilities include maintaining all Payroll and Accounts system data, the accurate and timely calculation and processing of the payroll and payroll related payments, and processing account receivable and payable.
Receptionist / Administration Officer
Before joining the team at Pacific Tug in 2015, Madison worked on-board one of the ferries that travels between Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island in the vessel café. Madison wanted to expand her career in the Marine Industry prompting her to apply for her current role.
Madison’s major responsibilities include reception duties, general administrative and clerical roles, preparation of our newsletter, maintenance of the company website and organising and booking functions and conferences.