Our Organisation

For over 120 years, MIAL has supported the Australian Maritime Industry through support, advice and collaboration.

Our Role

MIAL’s role is to:

  • advocate and lobby on behalf of members and the industry
  • be a source of information on the sector in Australia
  • promote the sector in Australia
  • be the link between the sector, governments and other key stakeholders
  • provide the Australian voice in the international maritime community
  • focus on safety performance and provide tools for continuous improvement
  • raise awareness of and drive improved environmental performance
  • coordinate industry on human resources best practice and industrial relations issues
  • identify and advocate strategies to secure the maritime skills base – both ashore and at sea
  • provide members with advisory services and networking forums

Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) is a membership-based association, so our primary goal is always to represent the collective interests of maritime businesses. Our members are diverse and cover a broad range of the maritime industry. No other industry association is as uniquely positioned to understand the intricacies of operating a business within the Australian maritime environment as MIAL.



Time flies when you’ve been going since 1899


Australasian Steamship Owners Federation (ASOF) formed


Commonwealth Steamship Owners Association (CSOA) formed


ASOF becomes the Australian National Maritime Association (ANIMA)


CSOA merges to become the Australian Shipowners Industrial Association (ASIA)


ANMA became the Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) and absorbed the functions of ASIA


ASA became Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL)

Our People

Angela Gillham

Chief Executive Officer

Angela joined MIAL in 2003 and has a Bachelor of Applied Science.  Angela is the associations specialist in shipping policy matters, with a particular focus on operational, health and safety and environmental performance. She has managed a range of shipping related research and development projects and represents the interests of the Australia industry at a range of international forums, including the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Maritime Organisation.

Sarah Cerche

Director, Workplace Relations – Domestic & International

Sarah has held both private practice and inhouse legal roles, complemented by over 10 years’ experience in the maritime industry with a particular focus on workplace relations issues. Having previously led MIAL’s IR/HR function, Sarah will continue to be providing industry industrial and workplace relations industry services and additionally be the Australian industry’s voice in international employment issues through the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and various international fora. Sarah is a spokesperson on behalf of international shipowners at the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention and is Vice Chair of the Labour Affairs Committee of ICS.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts and has been admitted to practice as a solicitor in Victorian and Federal jurisdictions.

Paul Johnston

Policy and Programs Coordinator

Paul is an extremely experienced maritime professional who has been working, operating and teaching within the industry for 25 years.
Paul’s knowledge not only extends across the maritime industry, but business management, VET sector and also the tourism & transport sector.
For many years Paul has held key roles in the management in the maritime sector including Marine Manager at Heron Island Resort and Operations Manager of our Brisbane Ferry Services within the Brisbane River and Southern Moreton Bay Ferry Services.

Samantha Emms

Communications Manager

Samantha joins the MIAL team with 12 years of Marketing and Communications experience. Having worked across a range of marketing specialties in her career, Sam is particularly adept at copywriting, content strategy, brand integrity and creative ideation to suit business outcomes.

Sam knows the power of words and is excited by content, campaigns and tailored messaging to suit the right audience.

MIAL Board


Mr Allen Dobie, Chair – CSL Australia Pty Ltd, Vice President, Commercial Australia & Asia

Mr David Ross, Deputy Chair – MMA Offshore Ltd, Managing Director

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, (Rtd) – Royal Australian Navy

Mr Anil Ahluwalia – Shell Tankers Australia, Fleet Manager

Mr David Borcoski – ASP Ships Group, Group Managing Director & CEO

Mr Andrew Cumming – Stolt Tankers, Regional Sales Manager

Hollie Scoon – Rio Tinto, General Manager – Marine Operations & Performance

International Connections


MIAL is privileged to participate in global shipping activities on behalf of our members.

Global engagement is primarily via our membership of the International Chamber of Shipping and the Asian Shipowners Association who facilitate discussion on key maritime issues and also disseminate information vital to our members.

International Chamber of Shipping


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades.

ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage.

Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may affect international shipping.  ICS represents shipowners with the various intergovernmental regulatory bodies that impact on shipping, including the International Maritime Organization.   ICS also develops best practices and guidance, including a wide range of publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.

Click here to visit the ICS website.

Asian Shipowners’ Association


Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) was founded in April 1992 when its first meeting was held at Japan Shipping Club in Tokyo. As one of the important shipping organizations in the world, it consists of eight members from the shipowners’ associations of Asia Pacific nations i.e. Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA).

To better reflect the work and progress of its members and committees, the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) – who controls and operates around 50% of the world’s cargo carrying fleet – is changing its name to Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA). This was proposed during the 18th Chairmen’s meeting held in Beijing, China, on 19th October 2015. Subsequently at the 25th ASF AGM, it was officially declared the change of name from ASF to ASA. The name change does not alter the values and objectives that it delivers but will continue to further enhance the work done by the Association. The Association will continue to use the abbreviated name of “ASA”.

Click here to visit the ASA website.