Honorary Captain Mr. Brian Corban, CNZM, QSO, MA (Hons), LLB, FIOD, FNZIM is Chairman of the Navy Museum Trust Board.
Brian is a professional company director, lawyer, business and community leader. He has experience in successfully leading companies through restructuring and deregulatory changes. He is currently Chairman of several companies including Radio New Zealand, the Melanesian Mission Trust Board, Ngatarawa Wines, and General Power Limited. He is also a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.
In 2000 Brian was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Deputy Chief of Navy is Executive Trustee of the Navy Museum Trust Board.
Commodore Wayne Burroughs was born and raised in Hamilton. In 1978 he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy and completed his university training (Bachelor of Commerce) at University of Auckland.
His early naval career was initially spent undertaking bridge watch-keeping duties at sea. He was appointed Executive Officer of the patrol craft HMNZS TAUPO in 1981 and briefly as Commanding Officer in late 1982.
In 1983 he undertook Supply Officer training and transferred to the Supply specialisation in November 1983. He undertook supply officer staff duties ashore in Wellington and Auckland. He was posted as Supply Officer HMNZS CANTERBURY (1989-1991) and HMNZS SOUTHLAND (1991-92). In 1994 Commodore Burroughs was appointed Director of Corporate Planning in the Maritime Headquarters. He was part of a small team that implemented a priority based budgeting system which lead to innovative changes to the organisation. This was followed two years later by promotion to Commander and appointment as Fleet Supply Officer.
Commodore Burroughs was Project Director for a major supply chain re-engineering project in 1999/2000. This resulted in significant efficiencies and improved performance levels. He was subsequently appointed Supply Chain Manager in October 2000. Commodore Burroughs has also been a leading advocate of the Naval Excellence programme within Navy. The Nx programme adopted the Baldrige Criteria for Business Excellence as the framework for organisational improvement. He was appointed the first Director of Naval Excellence in 2001.
Commodore Burroughs was appointed Captain Fleet Support in December 2002. During his period as Captain Fleet Support, Commodore Burroughs was the lead negotiator for the letting of the Dockyard Management Contract to VT Fitzroy Ltd in June 2004. In August 2004, Commodore Burroughs directed the first phase of a major re-engineering project in the Engineering organisation of the Navy.
Commodore Burroughs was appointed Captain Fleet Personnel and Training in February 2005.
In 2006 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, graduating with an MA. He returned to Wellington in 2007 and worked on the staff of CDF as a member of the Baseline Review team and then the resulting Defence Transformation Programme Team. Commodore Burroughs was posted into the HQNZDF Plans Branch in October 2008 and led the annual resource allocation process for the NZDF. In July 2009 he had a six month operational posting as the Senior National Officer in Timor Leste, responsible for the NZDF forces in theatre. He also held the post of Deputy Commander of the International Stabilisation Force.
On return from Timor Leste Commodore Burroughs was posted back to the Defence Transformation Programme team tasked to bring the Defence Logistics Command into existence on 1 Jul 10, and then posted as its Chief of Staff.
In his own time he is a keen golfer and optimistic novice trout fisherman. He is married to Jill and has three adult children.
Rear Admiral Tony Parr, MVO, RNZN
Rear Admiral Tony Parr was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 4 August 1955. He was raised in Fiji and attended New Plymouth Boys High School as a boarder. Having graduated from Waikato University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Social Science in politics and after completing the first year of a Bachelor of Law degree in 1979, he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in January 1980 in the rank of Sub Lieutenant in the Seaman Branch.
Between January 1980 and August 1982, he underwent training ashore in HMNZS TAMAKI and at sea in HMNZ Ships TARANAKI and CANTERBURY. On obtaining his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate, he was appointed as a Bridge Watchkeeping Officer in CANTERBURY in August 1982. While serving in this frigate, he qualified as a Helicopter Approach Controller.
In December 1983, he was appointed in Command of the Lake Class Patrol Craft, HMNZS PUKAKI before returning to HMNZS WELLINGTON as a Watchkeeping Officer in 1985. From November 1985 to March 1986, Rear Admiral Parr was involved firstly in the preparations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 1986 visit to New Zealand, and then as New Zealand Equerry to the Queen. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for his services during this visit.
In March 1986 he returned to WELLINGTON as a Watchkeeping Officer and following this was posted to HMNZS WAIKATO in the same capacity. Between January and December 1987, he attended a Surface Warfare Officer course in Australia and on completion he remained in Australia for two years’ exchange service with the Royal Australian Navy. During this time he served in Her Majesty’s Australian Ships WATSON, ADELAIDE & PARRAMATTA.
In December 1989 Rear Admiral Parr returned from Australia and joined CANTERBURY as Principal Warfare Officer in January 1990. In October that year, he was posted for the Staff of the Commodore Auckland as Staff Officer Communications. In November 1991, he was appointed as the Executive Officer, WAIKATO until November 1993 when he was appointed as the Deputy Officer Training School Officer, HMNZS TAMAKI. Between October and November 1995, he successfully completed a Maritime Tactical Course before being promoted to Commander and as Commanding Officer, WAIKATO.
He was appointed as the Fleet Personnel Officer in June 1997 and thereafter became the first Commanding Officer of the ANZAC Class frigate HMNZS TE MANA on 17 August 1998. He relinquished command in April 2001. Since leaving TE MANA, he has served at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand. On 13 March 2002, he was promoted to Captain and appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel) and Provost Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
In January 2003 he was granted the acting rank of Commodore and deployed as the Senior National Officer, National Planning Element, Headquarters, US Central Command, Tampa, Florida. In June the same year, having returned to New Zealand, he resumed the post of Assistant Chief of Navy (Personnel) and relinquished his acting rank. In December 2003 he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Navy (Capability). He attended the Defence Strategic Studies Course in Australia and on his return in January 2006 he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Chief (Personnel). On 1 May 2006 he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Deputy Chief of Navy, a position he held until 30 November 2007 when he was appointed Maritime Component Commander. He received the rank of Rear Admiral and was promoted to Chief of Navy on 30 April 2009.
Rear Admiral Parr is married with two children.
Robert Campbell Croker QSO, FCIS, CA
Robert Croker is Chairman of Trustees of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum and ex Chairman of Trustees of the Northcote Retirement Village – a significant charitable trust which also includes a rest home and geriatric hospital. Robert was the first Chairman of Partners of Ernst & Young, New Zealand, Chartered Accountants and was senior audit partner and corporate financial consultant on retirement. He was also ex Chairman of Richmond Limited, a publicity listed company in the meat industry and ex Chairman of Rimanui Farms Limited, a substantial private farming company.
Other interests include: life membership of Auckland War Memorial Museum, Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Outward Bound and Youthtown. Currently treasurer and executive member of the Remuera Bowling Club.
Rear Admiral David Ledson, ONZM, RNZN (Rtd)
Rear Admiral David Ledson retired on 30 April 2009 as Chief of Navy. He has agreed to be a member of the Navy Museum Board of Trustees.