Our People

Our people are innovative, skilled and well-respected.  The Thompson Clarke team is comprised of marine veterans drawn from a diverse range of international business operational backgrounds.  Our unique combination of knowledge and passion to address the challenges and opportunities that face our clients has built the Thompson Clarke reputation for quality, integrity and the highest attainable professional standards.  

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Thompson Clarke’s core management team operates out of Sydney and Melbourne and is comprised of:

Chris Raley - Managing Director

Chris has over 30 years of experience in the international maritime industry, both at sea and ashore. He brings extensive, international maritime business experience and operational and strategic expertise gained through roles in safety administrations, port operations, sea-going positions and search and rescue (SAR) management.  His international experience was built through roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand maritime.

Chris’s career has provided extensive involvement with international fora including IMO, IALA, COMSAR and the Joint WG for harmonisation of SAR, representing both UK and NZ on a number of occasions. This experience has well-equipped him to identify, interpret and implement international policies and guidelines, adding value to the services and capabilities offered by Thompson Clarke.

Steve Hunt - Chief Operating Officer

Steve has worked in the maritime industry in Europe, the South West Pacific and the Middle East for over 45 years.  He spent 22 years at sea followed by 16 years in senior executive positions in both ferry and cruise companies for Operations Management faculties.  As an experienced consultant, Steve brings with him the knowledge and expertise required to undertake the consulting projects he has completed for Government, ship operators, ports, and training institutions in the marine industry.  Most recently, he has been Maritime Advisor to the Government of Abu Dhabi, providing a broad range of advice on marine transport, marine regulations and operational management.

Steve’s knowledge and experience expertly covers all operational aspects of passenger shipping, marine safety and security and port logistics. He has served on several industry committees and has consulted to a number of companies on a range of operational and commercial matters in the marine field. He has also lectured at the Australian Maritime College in Ship Design and Regulation and was a Reservist in the Royal Navy for a number of years.


Simon Black - Director of Finance and Administration

Simon is a Director and the Company Secretary of Thompson Clarke and is responsible for implementation of the technological advancements we offer our clients. Thompson Clarke strives to deliver an advanced technological solution to all clients, through all processes.

Simon’s background encompasses experience as a Price Waterhouse Urwick senior consultant in the general management consultancy and 12 years in information systems.  He has been with Thompson Clarke since 1988.  

Simon manages our industry research and trade feasibility projects, including software development for transport studies.  He is a specialist in analysing and modelling proposed shipping services and has completed major projects for a wide variety of liner companies.  Simon has also worked extensively in reviewing opportunities for landbridging in Australia for National Rail Corporation and the main capital city port authorities, as well as evaluating many shipping and terminal projects in Australia.


Our consultants are

Angelo Evangelatos

Marine Industry Experience: over 30 years.

Angelo has extensive experience in all facets of the passenger cruising industry in the Australasian region.  He has served in senior positions with CTC Lines Australia, from Operations Manager to General Manager Operations and finally CEO.  During this period, Angelo was responsible for the operation of two 580 passenger vessels cruising around the Australasian and European regions.  He introduced a selection of ports such as Lombok, Pare Pare and Geraldton into the cruise schedules.

From 1997, Angelo formed Cruise Reps and undertook project work for a number of companies in the cruising industry covering both the European and Australasian regions. Cruise Reps provides a port/ship agency service exclusively for cruise ships on a national basis in Australia.  Since 2004, he has provided Port Operations Management for the luxury expedition vessel, Orion.

Brian Stocking

Brian’s experience within the Maritime & Transport Industry spans roles from London to New Zealand in development and introduction for containerisation into New Zealand capacities.

Brian has had extensive involvement with aspects of the total logistics supply chain requirements of all industries, services organisations & freight forwarders, etc.

Following the establishment of containerised shipping NZ in mid 1970, Brian progressed through the Commercial, Marketing and Management aspects of the total supply chain industries.

Brian has experience in senior management levels, representing a number of overseas shipping line Principals. He holds a part time Executive Director role for The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in New Zealand (CILT).

Cameron McDermid

Marine Industry Experience: 40 years.

Cameron’s experience in the international shipping and transport industry in London, Tilbury, Felixstowe Bristol and Southampton spans both operational and marketing roles.  His involvement with cargo sectors includes experience across the conventional, break bulk, liner container, Ro-Ro and ferry, road freight, European trailer and general forwarding, airfreight and groupage/full container load services sectors.  He has worked within the Northern European markets of Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Denmark.  In Australia, Cameron has held the position of Victorian Marketing Manager & Branch Manager of Bridge Line (Blue Star Line Asia) and subsequently, 11 years of positive market share in the Australian market was achieved.

Through the past decade, Cameron’s involvement in the Automotive sector has developed specialist expertise and national management experience involving P.C.C. vessel operations, cargo handling procedures, sales and contract negotiation, damage prevention systems and cargo lay down facilities, Tariffs, marketing materials, overview of stevedoring activities nationally.

Chris Noon

Marine Industry Experience: over 39 years.

Chris is a qualified Class 1 Master Mariner with a career spanning 14 years as a Deck Officer at sea and more recently, as Master/Pilot for European ship operators.  His vessel experience includes general cargo vessels, container vessels, oil tankers, car carriers, Ro-Ro, offshore supply vessels, bulk cargo carriers, and suction dredgers.

Chris has also enjoyed a variety of shore-based roles in Australia including marine surveying, container terminal operations management, Ro-Ro vessel operations management and land side logistics services for oversize wheeled agricultural equipment.  He has been involved in consultancy services focussed on providing "hands-on" and regulatory expertise in port operations, marine & port consulting, port management systems and procedures, wharves and cargo facilities, accident investigations, maritime logistics, shipping services and cargo handling matters and marine surveying.

Chris is a member of Company to Master Mariners Australia, The Nautical Institute, and ISO Club.

Derek Low

Marine Industry Experience: over 35 years.

Derek has serviced the marine industry in environmental approvals, marine environment protection and pollution control.  He has successfully delivered over 200 projects for clients in Australia and internationally, including a wide range of environmental impact assessments, environmental audits and reviews.  Derek was the principal author of the ANZECC document Best Practice Guidelines for Waste Reception Facilities at Ports, Marinas and Boat Harbours in Australia and New Zealand and developed environmental management strategies and plans based on National and International conventions and legislation, including MARPOL.  Derek has comprehensive experience in the management of wastes from shipping and the environmental management of dredging projects.

Geoff Pitcher

Marine Industry Experience: over 20 years.

Geoff’s professional experience spans the provision of professional consulting services to a range of different clients, primarily relating to the planning, systems engineering, implementation management and operational support of advanced technology systems.  This consultation was on the transport environment (Intelligent Transport Systems) and associated mission critical command, control and operations centres in all transport modes (maritime, road, rail, and aviation).

With notable education and expertise, Geoff’s consulting experience includes technology systems engineering and project management, through to strategic planning, business planning, financial analysis, due diligence and other forms of management consulting. A lot of Geoff’s experience is within the maritime sector, particularly in relation to the strategic planning, specification development and implementation management of shore-based maritime command and control facilities and related technologies around Australia (Vessel Traffic Services or VTS systems and related technology).

Graham Taylor

Marine Industry Experience: over 50 years.

Graham’s marine industry experience comes from various senior management roles held across the fields of ship design, documentation, specification, project management of construction, safety and environmental roles. He has also been an active participant in shipping forums and professional and industry bodies.  Since 2000, Geoff has worked on a number of projects including high-speed vessels and was also engaged as a visiting lecturer in Naval Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Graham has been an active contributor to IMO documentation and conventions via the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.  This includes the Code of Safety for High Speed Craft, the Interim Guidelines on Safety for Natural Gas-Fuelled Engine Installations in Ships and the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).

Graham’s extensive background in all facets of ship design and shipbuilding comes from a number of senior managerial roles responsible for multi-million dollar ship projects involving construction of various ship types in most major shipbuilding nations in the world. In many cases he has been directly involved in the project management and supervision of on-site company personnel.

Greg Hill

Marine Industry Experience: over 38 years.

Greg’s at sea and ashore experience comes through varied roles in the maritime industry.  He has spent 26 years in the Australian Industry employed as a Consultant, Fleet Operations Manager, Ships Master and Navigating Officer.  He has performed roles overseas since 2001 and has been in command of LNG tankers continuously since 2003.

As a serving ship's master, Greg brings current operational experience to the Thompson Clarke team.  Varied experience in ship management, with industry forums, working with government bodies and in international ship operations is testament to an ability to analyse complex and unusual problems and offer effective solutions.

Joe Corcoran

Marine Industry Experience: over 30 years.

Joe is a Ports and Maritime specialist with experience in stevedoring, bulk & general wharf facilities, container hubs, inland ports, wharf & container terminal design, shipping, freight logistics, supply chain maritime solutions, productivity enhancement, port operations, handling equipment requirements and problem solving for the port logistics industry.

As a Container Terminal Professional, Joe covers all facets from concept design to a fully operational facility with special emphasis on operations, IT systems, container handling equipment. productivity benchmarks and terminal/client interface requirements.  He has completed maritime and port projects in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA.

Joe has an ability to identify, interpret and implement international port related benchmarks, port planning requirements and productivity enhancements.

John Ellyett

Marine Industry Experience: over 44 years.

John offers extensive maritime experience in many fields of the industry, particularly in pilotage and operations management across both the private and public sectors.  He has gained expertise through shore based roles in four States/Territories in Australia and consultancy work in Papua New Guinea.

Adding to a 16 year seagoing career, John has 21 years’ experience as a Harbour Pilot across 11 ports in Australia and in Harbour Master roles for 11 years in three States/Territory.  He has also managed a local shipping company, managed his own ship surveying partnership, established VTS stations, managed Reefcentre and has been instrumental in the introduction of numerous safe practices, SMS, fatigue management policies, pilot training manuals and port procedure manuals across the Ports in which he has worked.

John Walker

John is highly experienced in consulting to command structured organisations.  He established a consulting practice in Canada in 1980, specialising in behavioural science psychology in regulatory agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and many other forces.  John developed maritime leadership programs and undertook organisational reviews for the British Columbia and Washington State ferries, Gulf Beaudrill shipping, the British Columbia highways fleet and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways (1800 employees). He also developed change management practices for the Pacific Maritime Training Institute.

John emigrated to Australia in 1991 and built a practice around professional organisations including lawyers, engineers, medical groups and regulatory agencies that include NSW, Victoria and South Australia Fisheries, departments of Environment and the Hong Kong Police.  Through the last few years, John has undertaken several significant maritime projects with the Port of Fremantle, Sydney Ports, NSW Maritime, CSIRO Marine research.

Llew Russell

Marine Industry Experience: over 42 years.

Llew’s experience in the maritime industry in Australia spans both the public and private sectors.  During his career he has developed well-honed skills across a number of areas, especially relating to corporate strategies/governance (including risk analysis primarily in the maritime area) and regulatory responses.

Llew’s experience includes close liaison with Federal, State and Territory Ministers and Departments, as well as regulatory agencies to promote the interests of member shipping lines and agents.

His scope of experience in maritime policy areas and relating to logistics issues are of considerable assistance to Thompson Clarke’s clients.

Llew has extensive contacts in the industry, relevant industry associations, Governments and border agencies and understands current policies and legislative impacts on the industry.  He exhibits leadership in many areas and has had specific experience in merging and creating new organisations.

Llew has successfully engaged all areas of the media and can offer assistance with public relations and communications.

Peter Wickham

Marine Industry Experience: over 40 years.

Peter's maritime career includes serving in the Royal Australian Navy, chiefly as a specialist Submariner and Marine Engineer officer and achieving the rank of Captain.  On coming ashore, he accepted appointment as General Manager with P&O Maritime Services, a position that would lead to becoming a founding director of Defence Maritime Services.  He has also held chairman and director roles at Carpentaria Shipping Services.

Peter brings a wealth of experience to a variety of project management and consultancy roles which will considerably benefit Thompson Clarke’s clients.

Richard Stevens

Marine Industry Experience: over 30 years.

Richard’s experience lies in intermodal transport in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, over half of which was in the capacity of CEO. For 15 years between 1976 and 1991, Richard was a CEO for four organisations – MSAS Ltd in the UK, a major international air freight forwarder with offices in 18 countries; Straits Steamship Co. Ltd in Singapore, a listed diversified regional shipping, property and engineering group; Van der Horst Ltd, a listed service engineering group in the marine, oil and gas and industrial sectors with operations in Asia, North America and Europe; and Sea Containers Australia Pty Ltd, the local subsidiary of Sea Containers Ltd, listed in UK & USA.

Richard opened Thompson Clarke’s Sydney office in 1994 after 2 years in export marketing consultancy and provides senior management in both the public and private sectors with strategic commercial and transport advice.

Russell Kilvington

Marine Industry Experience: over 40 years.

Russell is a highly experienced transport professional, embracing every principal mode of passenger and freight transport - marine, aviation, road and rail.  With extensive experience gained in both the private and public sectors, Russell’s expertise encompasses consultancy, academia, central and local government.  He has worked in New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and several other European countries.

Russell is the author of approximately 100 publications including books, articles, conference papers and research reports on a wide range of transport matters.

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Thompson Clarke can be contacted on +61 2 4385 8752 or via email.


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