In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio

Call MRNSW on

9450 2468

Or call

MarineRescue App

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Marine Rescue NSW Board of Directors

The inaugural Board of Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW (which trades as Marine Rescue NSW) was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Sydney on December 11, 2010. Directors must have been active members of Marine Rescue NSW for at least one year, unless there are special circumstances or qualifications.

The Board comprises three General Directors, elected by members across the State, and six Regional Directors, elected by members in their respective regions. The 2017/2018 Board is:

General Directors: James Glissan QC (Chair), Patricia Fayers ESM and Robert Wilson.

Regional Directors: Vacant(Northern Rivers), John Lynch (Mid North Coast), Jim Wright (Hunter/Central Coast), Kenneth Edwards (Greater Sydney), Kevin Marshall (Illawarra),  and Glenn Felkin (Monaro).

James Glissan ESM, QC, General Director and Board Chair

A member of Marine Rescue Botany Bay, Jim Glissan joined the volunteer marine rescue community in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. He was admitted to practice as a Barrister in NSW and the High Court of Australia in 1971 and appointed Public Defender for NSW (1981-1985). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985, Acting NSW District Court Judge (1989-91) and Arbitrator of the Supreme Court of NSW (1992-1998) and is an Adjunct Professor of Law – School of Advocacy – University of Canberra. “As a Director of Marine Rescue NSW I intend to ensure the organisation is fully functional, properly funded and independent, while satisfying community needs and the Service Delivery Model.”

Patricia Fayers ESM, General Director

The first woman elected to the Board of MRNSW, Patricia Fayers ESM is a member of Marine Rescue Central Coast. She has served more than 20 years in volunteer marine rescue since joining the Central Coast Division of the RVCP in 1998. Mrs Fayers was appointed Divisional Commander from 2006 to 2010. Following the transition to MRNSW, she served as Watch Officer from 2010 to 2014 and was elected Unit Commander from 2012 to 2014. A Skipper One, she has participated in many assists and rescues and was has been integral to managing the delivery of new rescue vessels to the unit. Her other positions have included Assistant Quartermaster, radio invigilator and Boat Licence tester. “I believe our volunteers are the backbone of the organisation and that they deserve the strong support of a thoughtful and decisive Board.”

Robert Wilson, General Director

Robert Wilson is a member of Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking, dividing his time between rescue boat and radio duties and fundraising. He joined the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in 2007 and rose to the rank of Deputy Commander of the Botany Bay flotilla, which later became the MR Botany Bay unit. Mr Wilson was first elected to the Board in 2010, serving two terms as Greater Sydney Regional Director. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2011 and also served as the organisation’s Boat Show Coordinator. “It has always been my desire to see members ultimately regard themselves as not just members of a specific unit, but as a member of a greater organisation.” His career includes 22 years in the Australian Tax Office, before later establishing his own taxation and business consultancy.

Vacant, Regional Director Northern Rivers

John Lynch, Regional Director Mid North Coast

John Lynch is a member of Marine Rescue Forster. He joined the RVCP in 1995 and on completion of his Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency was appointed Secretary, followed by 10 years as Secretary Treasurer. As the Unit Commander for six years and with a dedicated team, he oversaw the funding and construction of a dedicated Search and Rescue Co Ordination Centre on the Forster breakwall. He was the RVCP delegate on the Mid North Coast Marine Advisory Committee for more than 12 years and a member of the State Rescue Board Accreditation Team. His professional background in the finance and banking industry saw him retire as Company Secretary of a regional bank. "With the Registered Training Organisation now approved, the policies and procedures already in place can now be refined and put into practice, enabling our members to receive the best possible training and respect they deserve."

Jim Wright JP, Regional Director, Hunter/Central Coast

Jim Wright joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol on Lake Macquarie in 2008. In 2010 the RVCP Lake Macquarie and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Swansea formed a new unit after the establishment of MRNSW. Mr Wright subsequently served as MR Lake Macquarie Unit Commander from 2010-2012 and 2014 -2016. A Radio Operator and Coxswain, he undertakes regular duties and participates in crew training. He is a former investigator with the Office of Fair Trading and at the time of his retirement was in charge of the Licensee Investigations Team. He is also a Justice of the Peace. “I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of my new role on the Board with a view to seeing MRNSW progress further as a professional rescue service (and) also to see greater recognition for the great work that MRNSW and its volunteers do keeping the boating public safe.”

Kenneth Edwards, Regional Director, Greater Sydney

A member of Marine Rescue Hawkesbury since 2010, Kenneth Edwards has served as Unit Commander, Deputy Unit Commander, Regional Assessor and Regional Trainer. “My passion is to move Marine Rescue NSW forward for the next generation of volunteers.” An accredited vessel Master, he trains volunteers completing their First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, Sea Survival, MR Crew, Leading Crew and Coxswain courses. He was appointed to the MRNSW Training Advisory Group in 2018 before later that year being elected unopposed to the Board as the Greater Sydney Regional Director. Mr Edwards has been a licenced real estate agent for more than 30 years and remains a director of two firms.

Keven Marshall ESM, JP, Regional Director, Illawarra

Keven Marshall joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Ulladulla (now MR Ulladulla) in 1998. Over almost 20 years, he has held a number of positions including Deputy Unit Commander, Training Officer, Assessor and Operations Officer. He is a former skipper of an Australian Customs vessel, holds a Master 5 marine qualification and is a willing mentor for his fellow volunteers at MR Ulladulla and other units. He undertakes regular Radio Operator shifts, gives his time freely to assist with unit fundraising and has been instrumental in the maintenance of the unit’s rescue vessels. He was awarded the Emergency Services Medal in June 2017 and is a Justice of the Peace. “It is my intention to represent all units of the Illawarra in a fair and equal manner and to keep units informed of matters arising within Marine Rescue and to assist in maintaining the high profile of MRNSW.”

Glenn Felkin, Regional Director Monaro

Glenn Felkin is a member of MR Batemans Bay, which he joined in 2009. A Marine Master, he has held positions including Acting Deputy Unit Commander, Training Officer, Watch Officer, Crew Leader, maintenance controller and member of vessel replacement teams. He was a crew trainer and assessor for the newly-established MR Moama unit and also an introductory trainer for the roll-out of the new Seahawk vessel tracking system for units from Kioloa to Eden. He has been employed in the aviation and motor industries, including 22 years with QANTAS. ”I have a profound understanding of what the MRNSW members and the organisation undertake on a day to day basis. I want to promote good corporate governance and to build a future-proof MRNSW in an open, transparent and ethical way.”



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