Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS),
ITAMS, University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia
Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD Thesis Title: Passenger Vessel Accidents - Why They are so Frequent and Deadly and How their Frequency and Deadliness could be Reduced
Born 1947 in Melbourne. Educated at Scotch College, University of Tasmania and Latrobe University. Worked in commercial fishing in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania then security analysis and financial journalism and public relations. Finally, in 1978, with wife and business partner Rose, launched the maritime publishing business Baird Publications. Simultaneously with creating, raising and educating three sons, the business
was expanded globally to encompass as many as six monthly magazines, numerous books and regular trade exhibitions and conferences held in eight countries. Served as an office bearer in a number of maritime industry associations and marine environmental organisations. Semi-retired in 2013 and commenced doctoral study in 2015.
The wider maritime business: ship building, fisheries, ship operating, naval architecture, vessel safety, maritime regulation, naval matters, maritime economics, maritime history, oceanography and seabed mining but, primarily, passenger vessel safety.