Future Leaders Program

The MIAL Future Leaders Program brings together the best of the next generation to establish a network of young maritime professionals and develop their leadership potential. In 2020 there are eight Future Leaders.  They are:

Laura Allen – Business Partner – Global Operations, RightShip
Brendan Curtis – General Manager Business Development, OMC International
Emilie Donovan – Manager – Training, AMC Search
Rachel Horne - Senior Adviser Maritime Regulation, AMSA
Katherine Langworthy – Marine Assurance Manager, Woodside Energy
Ewen McCarroll – Advisor Technical – Vessel Safety Unit, AMSA
Mike Merrutia - Chartering Superintendent, MMA Offshore

The key objectives of the program are to:

  • Build a network of future leaders
  • Provide a broader understanding of the maritime industry, its challenges and opportunities and place in the Australian psyche
  • Engage the next generation of leaders to retain talent in the maritime industry
  • Provide a two-way exchange between future and current leaders in the maritime industry
  • Offer experiences that are unlikely to be available by in-house or commercial training
  • Provide a platform for industry to learn from young maritime professionals

The Program

This unparalleled, contemporary offering is a mix of experiential training, residential workshops and networking opportunities designed to enhance participants’ industry knowledge and increase their capacity to take on national leadership roles.

Participants are required to attend:

  • two residential workshops totalling 5 days
  • two experiential events
  • two networking events, including the ASA AGM & Conference.

Organisations are asked to support their participant by ensuring they attend all elements of the program.

The significant commitment of individual and employer time and resource reflects the value of the program and its anticipated outcomes. 


Participants are required to deliver a project at the conclusion of the program.  This may be undertaken in either a small group or individual format (to be determined by project facilitator).  Participants will be provided with coaching and mentoring in deciding what their project will be and how best to deliver it.


This program is open to any organisation that believes their employee is suitable for the program is limited to a small group (maximum of 20 participants).

Organisations are invited to nominate one emerging leader to participate.  Nominees can be from any business area.

Participant requirements:

  • directly engaged in the maritime industry
  • intend to stay in the maritime industry
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed the MIAL Introduction to Shipping Course or have relevant experience to that level


The program cost per participant (including GST) is $5,500 for MIAL Members and $7,700 for non-Members.  This provides:

  • Course materials
  • 5 days workshop attendance (meals included excluding breakfasts)
  • ASA attendance – including social functions (meals included excluding breakfasts)
  • Registration for one other networking opportunity
  • Co-ordination of a searide opportunity
  • Guided Canberra experience (no meals included except evening reception)

Note – costs to do not include accommodation and transport to and from program venues. 

To Apply

The next round of nominations will be invited from October 1, 2020.

Organisations are asked to complete relevant sections of the nomination form.

Participants are asked to complete relevant sections of the nomination form which includes a short written piece or video.

Applications will be assessed by a panel from the MIAL Executive and Board.