Our team benefits from close to 100 years of boating industry experience across the private, NFP, and government sectors, and spanning Europe, the USA & Caribbean, and Australia.
Estuary Partners is the vehicle to capitalise on the awareness and empathy built up over these years, as well as the network of rare subject matters experts encountered along the way
Alan is the principal at Estuary Partners and has spent the last twenty-five years professionally engaged in the boating industry.
After a promising early career in hotel management, Alan went wandering and was drawn to the superyacht circuit which offered extensive travel, big-boat racing, and a challenging operating environment.
Settling ashore in Palma de Mallorca, Alan formed Phoenix Marine to deliver refit and restoration projects across the western Mediterranean before relocating home to Sydney where a tighter focus on classic yacht restoration and management evolved.
In 2008 Alan joined the management team at the Boating Industry Association of NSW where he co-ordinated the activity of various membership divisions, as well as policy and advocacy, and government relations. When the BIA state bodies merged Alan was appointed General Manager – Programs and tasked with establishing the national advocacy and member services framework.
From 2017 to 2020 Alan was seconded to the NSW Government as an Advisor and Program Manager. Working across broad strategy and reform projects, Alans breadth of experience and stakeholder engagement skills were pivotal in multi-faceted program governance and deployment planning.
This deep and varied experience across the private, not-for-profit and government sectors has formed Alan’s detailed understanding of challenges and opportunities, imperatives and constraints which define the outlook for all players in the sector.
Alan is a keen sailor and paddler and serves in voluntary roles as Vice Commodore at the Hawkesbury Ku-Ring-Gai Sailing Club, and member of the NSW Regional Advisory Committee for Australian Sailing.
A collaborative problem-solver by nature, Alan has set up Estuary Partners to drive better outcomes on, in, and around our waterways.
David has a combined Honours degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and trained as a Systems Analyst and Software Designer before establishing estate-management specialist Landmark Systems in the UK in 1987.
In 2003 he moved to Australia and formed Palient P/L – the software design and development business behind the game-changing Marina Focus system which was deployed at over 50 Australian marinas.
Over the past 15 years David has gained enormous insight into marina and boatyard operations and is excited to support marine businesses to develop and deliver their technology strategy
Tony & Sally Griffin
Tony and Sally are the leaders at Environmental Dynamics – a specialist environmental consultancy which merged with Estuary Partners in 2020.
A product of the famous Sydney boatbuilding family, Tony established Griffin Marine at Bayview in 1982 after attaining trade qualifications in process engineering. Against a backdrop of increasing environmental awareness and regulation, this well-regarded slipway and marine services business thrived on the shores of Sydney’s iconic Pittwater for the following 30 years.
Through his lengthy volunteer involvement in the Boating Industry Association (BIA), Tony led multi-award-winning programs which have resulted in the complete overhaul of environmental and health and safety management practices at marinas and boatyards, and vastly improved outcomes in this regard.
Ably assisted by Sal, Tony has been a skilled conduit between regulators and industry for many years and authored the definitive Environmental Guidelines for Marinas Boatsheds and Slipways under commission from the Environmental Protection Authority in 2007. He was also inducted into the BIA Hall of Fame in 2016 – the Association recognising his unwavering stewardship and leadership.
Tony and Sal share an undiminished passion for the marine environment where each has spent countless hours - at work and at play - and continue to provide expert advice and guidance to government and the boating industry.