Purpose and Leadership

Purpose and Leadership


To be an excellent, vibrant and innovative museum that benefits the Townsville community and that extends knowledge and awareness of the need to conserve and interpret the region’s maritime heritage.


To conserve Townsville’s maritime heritage and to present and interpret collections of historic artefacts and information for the enjoyment of and appreciation by all patrons, sponsors and visitors

In 2015 a new not-for-profit company, known as Townsville Maritime Museum Limited with a board of three directors, came into being. Established for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing viability and financial sustainability of the Museum, this company took over the management of the Museum from the Townsville Maritime Historical Society on 1 July that year.

Mr Bradley Webb, Board Chairman and Director
(Appointed 19 June 2015)

Mr Webb is Managing Director of BM Webb Group, which was founded in 1979. The company has grown from an interstate truck haulage business into an award-winning construction and property development company.

BM Webb Group's first industrial warehouse was built 1986. In 1999, Mr Webb purchased 240 hectares of land at the Bohle, which is now known as Webb Drive Industrial Estate. The estate is now home to over 80 businesses, many of which are accommodated in buildings designed and constructed to suit customer requirements.

Mr Webb has achieved numerous construction, corporate, environmental, humanitarian and personal awards, including most recently Townsville Citizen of the Year in 2003 and special recognition from General Peter John Cosgrove AC MC, for providing food to the community as part of the Cyclone Larry Recovery Taskforce in 2006.

Mr Webb's port and rail experience encompasses such projects as the $40 million Toll/QRX Rail Terminal in Townsville, Port of Townsville Marine Precinct Alliance Project and Forestry Plantation Queensland's log yard. Mr Webb is currently Director of Queensland Country Credit Union, a Non-Executive Director of the Port of Townsville and founding Chairman of Food Relief NQ.

Ms Esther Slocombe, Board Director and Museum Manager
(Appointed 19 June 2015)

Ms Slocombe is currently the Port of Townsville’s Company Secretary and Legal Counsel. Prior to joining the Port she held a position of legal practitioner in a private legal practice in Townsville for three years.  Ms Slocombe was admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 23 February 2007.  She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a trustee on the Townsville Traditional Owners Charitable Trust and Managing Director of the Townsville Maritime Museum. Ms Slocombe has also completed a Diploma of Management.