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Our Board

Australian Sailing Board

Alistair Murray AM (President) Shevaun Bruland (Vice President)
Jo Keen Richard Hudson
Heather McCallum Grant Simmer OAM
Luke Paterson Rich Wormald



Alistair Murray AM (President)

Alistair’s involvement in sailing spans across a wide front over many decades.  Currently Chairman of Ronstan, a company he recently retired from having commenced in 1976, Alistair was instrumental in the development of the Australian industry and overseas markets, securing long term distributors and instrumental in setting up an office in the United States.  Alistair has been recognised with numerous export and business Awards, in Victoria as well as nationally.

Alistair has supported sailing serving on many Committees and Boards including Sail Melbourne, Sail America, Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Boating Industry Association of Victoria, Bayside Business  Network, as well as Board member and past President of AIMEX.

Alistair started sailing at the age of 11 with his father in a Corsair dinghy.  Since then, he has sailed Fireballs, Lasers, Ultimates, Etchells, Tasars, 11 Meter One Design and numerous keelboats.  He has won numerous State Titles, National Titles and a World Masters Championship.

Shevaun Bruland (Vice President)

 Shevaun Bruland served on the board of Yachting South Australia from 2014-2019, including the last three   years as President.  She has board experience as a non-executive director of not-for-profit organisations and   family businesses, and is a   scholarship recipient and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Shevaun has a professional background   as a Physiotherapist with a Masters in Public Health, with experience in   occupational rehabilitation and medical practice   management.  

 Shevaun is a keen sailor, having learned to sail as a young adult, and over the past 20 years having raced in two-   handed   dinghies, sports boats, one-design keelboats, classic yachts and offshore ocean racers.  She has   successfully completed three   Sydney to Hobart races and in recent years campaigned her Mills 45 keelboat with   her husband in both inshore and offshore   races and regattas around the country.  

 Since the recent sale of her offshore keelboat, Shevaun continues to sail competitively whenever the opportunity arises, most   recently in the Melges 24 class.  Shevaun also enjoys kiteboarding recreationally and is involved in junior sailing as a parent of two daughters who are learning to sail.

Jo Keen

 A member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Jo learnt to sail as a young adult and competed in club racing both on her   boat and sailing with others.  She has sailed Hobie 16s at State, National and International level together with 14” skiffs.  Jo has   competed in a Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race, sailed the east coast with her husband for 6 months and now enjoys   spending time kitesurfing and sailing with her family on their trimaran.   She has been a panel member for Australian Sailing in   youth misconduct matters and is involved in youth sailing through her daughters.

 Jo is a senior executive and General Counsel with extensive experience in the energy sector.  Jo provides strategic commercially   focused legal advice including the development and implementation of governance frameworks to enable Boards and   organisations achieve optimum outcomes through robust decision making.  Jo has a deep commitment to safety, leadership,     diversity and inclusion and is an experienced not for profit Company Director.

Grant Simmer OAM

 Grant Simmer is a four-time America’s Cup winner and America’s Cup Hall of Fame inductee. He has a   mechanical engineering   degree and was co-owner of North Sails Australia for 17 years.

 The Cup veteran competed in 11 America's Cup cycles as crew or team leadership for four wins, including his   role as Navigator   on Australia II’s historic victory in 1983. He helped design the winning 2003 and 2007 boats for   Alinghi before joining Oracle   Racing for the 2013 and 2017 campaigns. A member of Ben Ainslie Racing in 2017,   Grant was CEO of INEOS Team UK through   to the completion of the 2021 Americas Cup in Auckland.

 Grant previously served on the Australian Yachting Federation board, finishing that stint in the year 2000.   Before joining the   AYF Board Grant led the Australian Offshore Group which looked out for the interests of offshore sailing and influenced the   formation of the AYF’s Offshore Committee.

Richard Hudson

 Richard Hudson is a well respected chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South   Wales. Richard is a devoted sailor and life member at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on his Farr 45,   he is also a member at   Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Richard has competed in more than 135 Category 1 & 2   Offshore races, including 13 Sydney to   Hobart Races. He has acheived 20 overall wins in Offshore races,   including 5 Brisbane to Gladstone, 4 Sydeney to Mooloolaba   and 3 Sydney to Gold Coast. 

 Richard has an extensive background of serving on boards including a directorship with Yachting New South Wales. He has also   been vital to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Youth Development program which has trained   hundreds of youth sailors in the   past 20+ years. His accounting and sailing knowledge combined, have also   assisted Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to develop   asset replacement policies.

Heather McCallum

 Heather McCallum is a Chartered Accountant, AICD graduate, experienced company Director. In 2012 she was awarded Tasmanian Female Sailor of the year and remains a keen sailor today as an active keelboat racer, cruiser and offshore competitor.

 McCallum was previously Rear Commodore of Tasmania’s Derwent Sailing Squadron and has a background in private enterprise, digital startup, advisory, public accounting, and social housing infrastructure.

 McCallum brings a wealth of experience in innovation and digital strategy as a previous CFO and shareholder of a digital media company, with an understanding of how technology can enhance sports administration and engagement. Heather was part of the team that built the original Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht tracker and subsequently consulted to companies undertaking R&D in surfboard design, composite masts, kite surfing foils and boards.

Rich Wormald

A Chartered Accountant, Rich Wormald is an experienced Executive Director, with leadership experience across a range of industries including Retail, Consumer Goods and Financial Services. He currently leads Mastercard’s businesses in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and has led the business to become market leader over the last five years.

Richard is a keen sailor and member of Sandringham Yacht Club, from where he sails keelboats, and Royal Brighton Yacht Club where he coaches foiling windsurfing in the iQFOiL class.

Luke Paterson

Luke Paterson is an experienced commercial and corporate lawyer with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, venture capital and private business. He is also a longstanding committee member and flag officer at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, having served as a member of their General Committee from 2012-18 and 2020 to present and as the Rear Commodore (Sail) from 2016-18.

An active sailor, Paterson currently sails Etchells and Flying Fifteens and is part of a team working towards the 2024 Fremantle Etchells World Championships in Fremantle.