Pacific Patrol Boat Staff

Find out more about the experience and skills of our our 14-strong Patrol Boat training team.

Barry Jones

PPB Contract Manager

Barry joined AMC Search in 2006 after 27 years in the RAN. The highlights of his service included command of two Mine Hunters, exchange postings with the RNZN and Singapore Navy, and extensive Patrol Boat and Officer training experience.

Having previously been the Maritime Surveillance Adviser in the Federated States of Micronesia, he brings a high level of mariner training and small ship experience to the AMCS PPB training team. In his time at AMC Search he has been fortunate to have visited all PPBs, and all of their nations, with the exception of the Cook Islands.

Since 2013, as the PPB Training Contract Manager, he has led the PPB Training team through an extensive upgrade all aspects of PPB training.

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Brendan Sinnamon

Maritime Instructor

With recent and extensive experience as a Navigation Officer for RAN Patrol Boats conducting border protection, fisheries enforcement, and search and rescue operations, Brendan brings this knowledge to the AMCS PPB training team. Highlights of his RAN career include a South West Pacific deployment in 2017, border protection operations with several RAN Patrol Boats, and walking the Kokoda Track with RAN personnel in 2016.

With personal experience in the development and implementation of change management and leadership programs on board small ships, Brendan has an interest in organizational psychology, efficient management, building effective and trusted leadership, and how to develop committed and quality performance teams. Joining AMCS in 2019 as a Maritime Instructor, he has taken on the role of coordinating the safety and emergency response training.

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Chris White

Maritime Instructor

Chris joined AMC Search in 2013 after more than 20 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. This time was highlighted by command of Australian Clearance Diving Team One, operational deployments to the Persian Gulf and Bahrain and exchange postings with the Canadian, United States and the Royal Navy.

Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership along with numerous vocational qualifications in Training, Assessment, Leadership and Maritime Operations. With his diverse experience and knowledge base he brings a very high level of Leadership, Management, Communications, Seamanship, and Small Ship/Unit experience to the AMCS PPB training team. Having conducted a number of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Disposal tasks and ship deployments in the Pacific, he also understands the Pacific culture and environment.

Chris is AMC Search’s Manager, Defence and Autonomous Vehicles, as well as his training duties in maritime areas, communications and management. He is the course leader for the Executive Officers Course.

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Dan McCowen

Maritime Instructor

Dan joined AMC Search after working abroad for almost three years delivering Emergency Management training to managers and the responding organisation for on and off shore oil and gas personnel. Prior to this, Dan was in the Royal Australian Navy for over 28 years, where he served in a variety of platforms and positions with the highlights being a member of the Australian Fleet Sea Training Group – MFU and attending the Australian Command and Staff Course.

Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Defence and Military Studies from the Australian National University and numerous qualifications related to the Maritime and Oil and Gas sectors for training, assessment and Emergency Management. 

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David Box

Electro Technical Instructor

With over 30 years’ experience in the radio communications and marine electronics field, including 14 years at AMC as Electronics Technical officer, David brings a broad range of practical experience in the operation and maintenance of marine electronics and communications equipment. Previous roles include radio site maintenance for New South Wales Rural Fire Service, and the installation and maintenance of New South Wales Ambulance mobile data equipment. As the Electronics Technical officer at AMC,  David undertook a major upgrade of the electronic equipment on the Training Vessel Bluefin.

David has now taken the opportunity to transfer his wealth of knowledge to the PPB trainees. 

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Debbie Jefferies

PPB Contract Administrator

Debbie joined AMCS as a Training Administrator in 2008 and has extensive experience organising PPB courses, including timetables and course material. 

Debbie previously worked for the Trust Bank, the Illawarra Institute of Technology, an accountant and the Public Trustee. She has had years of experience in voluntary work as Religious Education Teacher, Children’s Church Co-ordinator, and Kids Club Volunteer, writing, planning and teaching programs for children.

In 2017, she moved to the position of PPB Contract Administrator which was created to provide high level support to the PPB Contract Manager and Instructors. Debbie loves to focus on the detail of her job and assist in improving the quality of PPB training.

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Greg Hockey

Marine Technical Propulsion Instructor

Greg’s started his career as a Marine Engineer in the Australian Merchant Shipping Industry, having sailed on Bulk Carriers, Rig Tenders, Ro-Ro’s, Gas and Oil Tankers. He joined the AMC as an Engineering Lecturer in 2000 and has taught across a range of topics, returning to sea on a casual basis from 2011 to 2016. In 2017 he joined the PPB Program with AMC Search and has made many changes to the delivery of the MTP Program. He is an active part of the Technical Training Team and enjoys the challenge of getting the most out of the participants in an open learning environment.

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Richard Dunham

Maritime Instructor

Richard was at sea for 20 years, mainly with the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service, and latterly with a dredging company in command. He saw service worldwide on a variety of ship types and sizes. Following his time at sea, Richard worked as a lecturer at Maritime Training institutes in the UK, at the same time completing teaching qualifications and a post-graduate qualification in Navigation Technology. Richard then became an Inspector of Marine Accidents with the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, where he investigated all manner of marine casualties.

In 2009, Richard moved to AMC as a senior lecturer, specialising in Simulation Training. Richard Joined AMC Search in 2016 as part of the PPB team and has responsibility for the Navigation Officers course, as well as providing specialist Navigation Training on all other officer courses. He is also AMC Search’s Manager, Commercial Simulations.

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Tong Nalu

Technical Assistant (Technical Electronics)

Tong is our Electronics/Electrical Technical Officer and originally hails from Tuvalu. He joined AMC Search in 2004. His main roles are to install and maintain the PPB training aids, and to support the Instructors in monitoring training and safety during the PPB students training. Being a Pacific Islander gives him a unique position where he can identify problems early both in training and pastoral care.

Tong has a background in maritime electronics with some electrical as well. He is an AMC Graduate having achieved an Associate Diploma of Engineering in Maritime Electronics. Prior to this he was a Technical Assistant for the Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation.

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Phillip Ellmers

Technical Assistant - MTP

Phillip works as the Technical Officer for the MTPs. With over 20 years of experience in aviation maintenance in New Zealand and Australia, including working with the RAAF BAE Hawk and Australian Army ARH Tiger Helicopter, Phillip ran his own welding, manufacturing and engineering business servicing light industrial and mostly one-off customer requirements.

Joining 2009 with AMC Search, Phillip looks after the practical training equipment supplied by the Government for training the patrol boat students. These include the main and generator engines, outboards, portable generator and fire pumps, Desalinator, Refrigeration and air conditioning. He prepares and fits the equipment to be as close as possible to the equipment used onboard. His priorities include trainee safety while in the workshop, GFE equipment maintenance and security. 

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Sally Isaako

Pastoral Care and Projects Administrator 

The well-being, care and support of the Pacific Patrol Boat trainees has been the major focus of Sally’s since commencing with the administration of the PPB Training Contract, when AMC Search initially began training Pacific Islanders in early 1992. Sally brings an enormous amount of experience, cultural awareness and kindness to the pastoral care role. Being charged with the health, welfare and wellbeing of PPB trainees, Sally provides the welcome ear when trainees have issues at home and at AMC.

The care, compassion and dedication still provided by the now Pastoral Care Team continues to be pivotal to the delivery of the training program, from co-ordinating travel needs to dealing with a diverse range of administrative issues, ensures trainees continue to receive the desired outcomes from their training. 

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Rodney Willox

Pastoral Care Support Officer

Rodney previously worked for Student Accommodation at the University of Tasmania for 18 years as part of the Maintenance Department and in Customer Service and Development, before moving across to the Pastoral Care team at AMC Search.

His time spent working closely with a raft of international students at UTAS has allowed him to transition seamlessly into working with the trainees from the Pacific Islands. Working closely with Hayden, Rod finds it both interesting and rewarding to talk to the PPB trainees, always finding out something new about their country, or about their working days on the Patrol Boats. Getting news and feedback about past trainees is extremely satisfying.

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