John Holden

John is the Managing Director of Seaweigh Pty Ltd, a marine survey and consultancy company with over
20 years’ experience as a marine surveyor. John started his maritime career as a ship builder and holds an Advanced Diploma in Marine Surveying. He became a member of AIMS in 2009 and was
elected as Vice President in 2013, becoming a vital contributor to the Executive, which led to his appointment as Chairman in 2021.

As Chairman, John is responsible for the development and oversight of strategic direction, succession planning and sound business operations in conjunction with the Board and CEO.

Vice Chair

Scott Aiton

Scott is the Director of Gibson, Minto and Aiton Marine Consultancy, with over 20 years’ experience as a marine surveyor. Prior to this, Scott began his seagoing career with BHP Transport before moving into tugs, working as a tug master in the ports of Newcastle, Sydney, Port Botany and Port Kembla.

Scott has been a member of AIMS since 2003, following in the footsteps of his father Neil, who is one of the founding members of AIMS. As Vice-Chairman, Scott has supported the Chairman in his duties, including stepping in on occasion where the Chairman is unable to fulfil his role.


Eric McIlwain

Eric commenced his surveying career in 2014. He became an accredited surveyor with Maritime Safety
Queensland in 2014, which then transferred to AMSA in 2015. As an AMSA accredited surveyor, he is accredited for extra low voltage initial surveys and periodical surveys, initial surveys for construction and alterations for hull, deck and superstructure, machinery, equipment, and commissioning; periodic surveys, periodic surveys for loadline and safety equipment

As Secretary his role is to monitor thecompliance of all board activities and processes in conjunction with the CEO.


Peter Murday

Peter began his career as a marine surveyor in 1986 following many years as a Master Mariner holding a Master Class 1 (Unlimited) qualification. Peter is the Managing Director of MCC Marine in Brisbane and has been a member of AIMS since 1992.

Peter was the Queensland State representative from 2006 to 2011, followed by Vice President until 2013, at which time he was elected President, a position he held for 8 years. In 2021, Peter became the first Chairman of the Board with AIMS corporate restructure, later retiring his position in November that same year.


Abdur Razzak Syed

Razzak is the Managing Director of Australian Marine Surveys, with over 28 years’ experience as a Marine
Surveyor, joining AIMS in 2000. Prior to coming ashore, Razzak had 14 years’ seagoing experience and holds a Master Class 1 (Unlimited). Razzak’s experience of the industry is diverse, spanning many different sectors and specialities like Auditor, P&I Club correspondent/surveyor and Flag State Inspector.

Razzak brings with him all his experience as well as his expansive relationships gained over many years within the industry to contribute to the continuing success of the AIMS and the Marine Survey industry.


Greg Marsden

Greg has been a marine surveyor for over 5 years, prior to this working within the defence industry, specialising in test and evaluation. Greg is the Director of Marsden Marine Ship Surveyors based in Wellington, New Zealand. Greg is a MNZ and AMSA qualified and recognised marine surveyor and an Inspector with the International Marine Certification Institute specialising in CE compliance.

Greg is also undergoing specialist training in marine accident investigation through the UK's National Maritime Training Centre. Greg is the first New Zealand representative to join the AIMS Board and is keen to continue to foster the linkages between our Australian and New Zealand membership and surveying community. Greg works closely with the board and CEO to achieve these goals.

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