Seafarer Foundation is comprised of a group individuals from the maritime and finance industry, all of whom have a desire to relieve modern seafarers and their families of a cumbersome, inequitable and antiquated payroll system.

James McCully – Director and CEO

Originator of the Seafarer Foundation and Secure Seas concept, James has many years’ experience in the maritime industry, firstly as marketing/advertising consultant to ASP Ship Management and then with hands-on roles providing welfare to international seafarers whilst in the Port of Melbourne at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria and Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre.


James brings his unique strategic marketing and ability to identify and understand products and the services required to builds brands and develop sales to ensure continued product and market growth.

James external positions have included chairman, Australian Marketing Institute and- indulging his passion for historic Lancia motor vehicles - Vice Chairman, Light Car Club of Australia.

Ken Glynn - CFO, Director - Company Secretary

An independent auditing consultant, Ken’s work includes conducting business development and technical reviews for the National Chartered Accounting partnership.

Starting his career with KPMG, Ken has held many senior management and partnership positions and has been involved in leading the business growth, partnerships and mergers of leading accounting and advisory firms.

Ken has significant directorship experience, including time as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Board, Chairman of the International Board and Director of AD Capital Ltd.

In addition to the Searfarer Foundation, Ken’s current directorship roles include Chairman of Organique (HK) Limited, and Director of Airline Services & AD Capital.


Glen Kotopoulos - Director, Sales & Marketing

The consummate payments industry professional, Glen is Head of Sales at Cashwerkz, an innovative Fintech company that provides a secure online marketplace to transact and manage term deposits, bonds and other fixed interest investments.

Commencing his career as Global Program Manager of Tibco Products, a Reuters company in California USA, Glen has also held senior roles at American Express, Nucleus Software and SmartWORLD Enterprises.

Together with his family background in the maritime industry, Glen’s knowledge card and payments industry and the workings of financial services technology is a valuable asset to the Seafarer Foundation’s Secure Seas program.


Warwick Norman, AM - Director

A maritime industry consultant with a flair for technology & start-ups, Warwick’s name is synonymous with maritime safety, environmental sustainability, and seafarer welfare.

Awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for his contribution to the international maritime industry, Warwick was the founding CEO of RightShip leading the company from 2001 – 2018 to become a global authority on maritime safety and environmental sustainability.

A third generation seafarer, Warwick began his seagoing career with ASP Ship Management and later worked at BHP Billiton. He has also lectured in tanker safety at Australian maritime colleges and served as a Board member of the Seafarers’ Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Board as well as the Marine Council.

In addition to his work with the Seafarer Foundation, Warwick is a member of Lloyds Register Asia Advisory Committee and Chairman of both AUSMEPA and its international parent body, INTERMEPA.

Closer to home, Warwick is an active sailor & Treasurer of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.


Nigel Porteous, OAM – Director

Nigel manages his own maritime industry consultancy, N J Porteous & Associates. A foreign going ships master by trade, Nigel has been part of the maritime world for most of his working life, serving on ships in Port Line Ltd (UK), Jardine Matheson (Hong Kong) Burns Philp (Australia) and Pacific Island Shipping Corp (PNG).

As well as his Masters’ certificate Nigel has been involved all aspects of marine insurance, marine surveying, pilotage, ship brokerage and various marine equipment agencies as well as PNG Correspondent to principal UK P&I Clubs. 

Other roles include Director, ASP Pacific Holdings; Managing Director with British Airways subsidiary IAL; Managing Director at Shark Cat Holdings Pty Ltd.

Nigel is currently Vice Chairman, Mission to Seafarers Victoria Inc. and Assistant Warden of the Company of Master Mariners, Melbourne.


Jim Risby - Director

As the Managing Director of ICT service provider Windstil Group, Jim is a business management & development professional with more than twenty years’ experience servicing the Australian corporate & government ICT markets.

Jim has extensive senior management, sales and service delivery experience including business governance, process analysis and re-engineering, and productising and promotion of services to a national market.

Jim has managed the successful tendering of state and federal government outsourcing contracts, large integration projects and served as a committee member and as the Treasurer of the SA chapter of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

In 2006 Jim was nominated to serve as a Business Ambassador to the State of South Australia by the SA Premier and the SA Governor as part of the SABAN initiative (a 2-year commitment).



Seafarer Foundation is a trading name for Secure Seas Pty Ltd

Australian Company Number 602 297 110

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