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.


Board Members

Dan Janes

Dan Janes was appointed Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation on 17 August 2019. Mr Janes is the Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking Coverage (Australia) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 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

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

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.

Peter Dexter AM

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.

Rob Mundle OAM

Rob Mundle is the author of 16 sailing and maritime history related books (including a biography of Bob Oatley and the international bestseller, Fatal Storm). Seven of his other titles have been national bestsellers.

Rob has been a journalist for more than 40 years. In that time he has reported on seven America’s Cup matches, four Olympics and the Sydney-Hobart classic on 45 occasions. He has competed in the Sydney-Hobart three times and won local, state and Australian sailing championships, as well as contested many major international offshore events.

Rob is currently the media manager for the Wild Oats XI Sydney-Hobart yacht race campaign and an organiser of Australia’s largest keelboat regatta – Hamilton Island Race Week. He was also the Founder of the acclaimed Hayman Island Big Boat Series. 

Rob has been an Ambassador for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation and is the only Australian member of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Between 2010 and 2012 he was the Commodore of Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. His previous association with the ANMM was as a director of the museum’s Foundation from 2001-13.

Arlene Tansey

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.