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

Board of Directors

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.

In May 2018, a new Board of Directors was constituted. The profiles of the Directors can be viewed below.

Mr Bradley Webb, Board Chairman and Director

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.

Mr Webb was Chairman and Board Director of the first Board of the Museum and is continuing in this capacity with regard to the new Board.

Ms Ranee Crosby, Board Director

Ms Crosby has more than 18 years' experience in the port and shipping industry and began her career at the Port of Townsville in 1998. She possesses a unique combination of comprehensive industry knowledge and an intimate understanding of the operations of the Port of Townsville.

Born and raised in North Queensland, Ranee is passionate about the region's opportunities for economic growth and sustainability into the future.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Townsville, Ms Crosby has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and management and operation of the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda.

Prior to her appointment to the position of CEO, Ranee held several positions at the Port of Townsville including General Manager Commercial, Corporate Governance and Company Secretary.

Ms Crosby holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from James Cook University, is Chair of the Townsville Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the Transport, Resources and Agriculture and Manufacturing Sector Group, and Governor in Council at James Cook University.

Ms Claudia Brumme-Smith, Board Director

Born and raised in Germany (Deutschland), Claudia has been based in Townsville since 2007. During her career she has worked for several global companies such as Proctor and Gamble, L'Oreal, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson in marketing, business development and management roles in various countries. In 2013 Claudia spent time working at the Port of Hamburg studying international container supply chains as well as how to increase container handling capabilities.

She has won several management and export awards for her previous work at Townsville-based company, Larissa Bright Australia:

  • 2009 Winner Townsville Australian Institute of Management Young Manager Award
  • 2008 Winner Townsville Young Chamber of Commerce Young Employee Award
  • 2008 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Awards
  • 2007 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Award

She is also a casual teacher at James Cook University and is passionate about the international development of the Townsville region. Fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish, Claudia is now studying Mandarin and holds a double Bachelor Degree in International Management and Business with honours from universities in Germany, the US, and Spain.

Claudia Is General Manager Trade and Property at the Port of Townsville.

Mr David Sibley, Board Director

David has worked across financial and corporate management within government, profit and non-for-profit entities. He has been responsible for formulating and implementing long term strategic, operational and financial plans, commercialising government service units and improving bottom line results in both non-profit and for-profit entities.

He has extensive experience in change management and has held positions of Manager Financial Services at POTL and has acted in other senior executive positions for the past six years.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

David is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Port of Townsville.

Dr Robert de Jong, Managing Curator

Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Robert immigrated with his parents to South Africa in 1962. He studied at the University of Pretoria and was conferred a PhD in Cultural History in 1990. He also completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies in 1979.

From 1983 till 2005, Robert was employed as a museum professional by provincial and national museum organisations in South Africa, ending his museum career in this country as Manager of the Tswaing Meteorite Crater, a 2,000-hectare conservation area north of Pretoria featuring a 200,000-year old meteorite impact crater of international geological and environmental significance, .

In 2005 he became a full-time heritage consultant running his own business, specialising in heritage impact studies, heritage management planning and heritage training with numerous projects in South Africa and Mauritius.

After immigrating to Townsville in 2011, Robert was employed at the Museum of Tropical Queensland as Project Officer and thereafter at the then Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as Heritage Officer. After working full-time as heritage consultant in 2015, he became Curator of the Maritime Museum of Townsville in February 2016. In May 2018, he became Managing Museum Curator.

Robert has extensive experience in all aspects of museum management, such as collections management, conservation, exhibitions, education programs, community engagement, security, human resources management, training, strategic planning and research.