The Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The Foundation aims to ensure that the museum is a place for everyone to enjoy, share and learn about the stories that are significant to our past and that will influence our future.

We help the museum to achieve its priorities, especially around building and preserving the National Maritime Collection, telling stories about our migration history, furthering our understanding through maritime archaeology and highlighting the importance of Indigenous connections to our seas, rivers and waterways.

The Foundation is overseen by a board of directors, chaired by Mr Daniel Janes. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.


Directors of the Board of the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation

Dan Janes

Term: 17 August 2019 – 17 August 2022

Dan Janes was appointed Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation on 17 August 2019. Mr Janes is the Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking (Australia and New Zealand) at Bank of America, and previously held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Barclays and ABN AMRO.  

During his 20 year investment banking career in London, New York and Sydney, Dan has advised and led, on behalf of clients, a wide range of high profile transactions.  These have involved many of Australia's landmark transactions, including over $120bn successful M&A transactions and over $60bn of capital markets transactions.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales.

Dan has studied maritime history and has maintained an avid interest.


Kevin Sumption PSM (ex-offico member)

Kevin Sumption was appointed Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum in February 2012 after holding high profile leadership roles in cultural institutions in Australia and abroad. Kevin was one of the founding curators of the ANMM in 1991.

Kevin’s international career has focused on developing the digital landscape of cultural institutions for more than 20 years, covering museum management, exhibition curation, program development, maritime heritage and digital cultural content.


John Mullen AM (ex-offico member)

Mr Mullen is the Chairman of Telstra and Toll Holdings Ltd. Until recently, Mr Mullen was the Chief Executive Officer of Asciano Ltd. He has worked in the logistics industry for more than two decades including roles as global CEO of DHL Express and global CEO of TNT Express Worldwide. He is currently on the board of Kimberley Foundation Australia, and is co-founder of the Silentworld Foundation which supports maritime archaeology in Australia.  

John is passionate about maritime exploration and indigenous rock art in the Kimberley, WA. He spends his spare time diving for colonial shipwrecks and maintains a private museum dedicated to historical material from early maritime voyages to the Pacific.  Mr Mullen will bring his expertise in philanthropy, maritime archaeology, leadership and management to the Council. As the former Chair of the Australian National Maritime Foundation, his appointment will strengthen communication and relationships between the Council and the Foundation. He was named a member (AM) in the Order of Australia for significant service to business, and to the community in 2020.


David Blackley

Term: 3 June 2020 to 3 June 2023

Mr Blackley was inducted into the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015 for his achievements in the advertising industry over more than 30 years. He is a former Chairman of Clemenger BBDO and a member of the Worldwide Creative Board of BBDO New York, representing BBDO’s interests across Australia, New Zealand and Asia on that Board. Under his leadership, Clemenger BBDO won the Australian Agency of the Year award eight times. Mr Blackley has been involved with Brainwave Australia, a charity supporting children with neurological conditions, since its inception in 1994 and joined its board in 2008. Mr Blackley was a Councillor of the Museum from 2017-2020.


Simon Chan

Term: 2 February 2021 - 2 February 2024

Simon Chan is the Director and Founder of Art Atrium, an art gallery exhibiting contemporary Australian, Asian and Aboriginal art with a special focus on cross cultural collaboration and expression in art as a reflection of our multicultural society in a globalised world. Simon is also a practising architect and Director of SCA Architects. Simon has been involved in a broad range of not for profit Foundations and community organisations. Simon is a Director on the Board of VisAsia at Art Gallery of NSW supporting and promoting Asian art and culture and a Council member of the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture at The University of Sydney. He is a Board member of Multicultural NSW Advisory Board and Chair of Sydney South Regional Advisory Council. Simon is also a Director on the Board of Parramasala, an annual Multicultural arts and culture festival and an Executive Committee Member of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance supporting and promoting Asian Australians in performing arts.

Simon is a Director and former Chair on the Board of Aboriginal Benefits Foundation fundraising for various Aboriginal communities throughout Australia with a focus on art and culture. In his role as the President of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, Simon is actively involved in representing and acting as a conduit between businesses and residents of the Haymarket and Chinatown area in Sydney and all Federal, State and Local government authorities. Simon is also a Committee Member of the NSW Government Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee working with NSW Government to improve community engagement with the garden as well as a Board member of the NSW Government Geographical Names Board. He has also been involved as a Community Ambassador for the Art Gallery of NSW acting as volunteer guide of the gallery for the Chinese community and a Community Representative and member of the Woollahra Council Cultural Committee. Simon is also a member of the Sydney Water Community Advisory Committee and the Public Officer and Executive Committee member of Chinese Australian Forum. Simon was the recipient of the inaugural NSW Premier's Multicultural Award for Arts & Culture in 2013.


Peter Dexter AM

Term: 18 August 2019 – 18 August 2022

Mr Dexter retired from his executive role as Regional Director of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Oceania, in September 2005 to assume a range of non-executive appointments. Mr Dexter is a director of the Board of the Australian National Maritime Foundation and former Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum. He is a fellow (FAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by the King of Norway for his contribution to Norwegian/Australian business and his work during the Tampa crisis. He was named a member (AM) in the Order of Australia for services to the development of the shipping and maritime industries through leadership roles, to international relations and to the community in 2005.


David Mathlin

Term: 6 December 2019 – 6 December 2022

An avid sailor, Mr David Mathlin has a strong interest in maritime history. He has qualifications in Science, Engineering and Business, and served with Sinclair Knight Merz Ltd for many years becoming senior principal and chairing the Australian arm. He has served as a director of the listed Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, as a director of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and has served on various advisory Boards. He is currently a member of the Chairman’s Council at the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the institute of Company Directors.


Tom O’Donnell

Term: 6 December 2019 – 6 December 2022

Mr Tom O’Donnell has had a global career in private banking and is the CEO of TOD Advisory, a strategic investment company. He served on the Sydney Swans Centre Circle board for six-and-a-half years and has been a Taronga Zoo Foundation Board member since 2013.


Dr Jeanne-Claude Strong

Term: 6 December 2019 – 6 December 2022

Dr Jeanne-Claude Strong is a practising medical doctor and has been a non-executive director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research Foundation since 2011. She is also a competitive sailor with numerous wins to her name, including the Etchells Australasian Championship in 2015.


Arlene Tansey

Term: 6 December 2019 – 6 December 2022

Arlene Tansey is a Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, Adelaide Brighton Limited, Primary Health Care, Infrastructure NSW and Lend Lease Investment Management. Arlene is also a member of the advisory board of Serco Asia Pacific.

Before becoming a non-executive Director, Arlene Tansey worked in commercial and investment banking in Australia and in investment banking and law in the United States. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law Centre and an MBA from New York University. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Arlene Tansey is originally from New York and has lived and worked in the United States, South America, and Europe. She has lived in Australia for the past 23 years and is an Australian citizen. She is married with two daughters.