Board of Trustees

Honorary Captain Mr. Brian Corban, CNZM, QSO, MA (Hons), LLB, FIOD, FNZIM


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.

Executive Trustee

Deputy Chief of Navy is Executive Trustee of the Navy Museum Trust Board.

Commodore Dean McDougall, MNZM, RNZN
Commodore Dean McDougall, MNZM, RNZN
Commodore Dean McDougall was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 27 September 1961. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy on 17 January 1980, in the rank of Midshipman in the Seaman specialisation.
On completion of initial officer training, he was posted to HMNZ Ships’ Tamaki, Taranaki, Canterbury and Waikato for further specialist training, gaining his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in HMNZS Canterbury. In 1990 having successfully completed the Australian Principal Warfare Officer (Underwater) course, he undertook Warfare duites in HMNZS Southland as the Principal Warfare Officer and Canterbury as the Operations Officer.
In December 1993, Commodore McDougall was posted to HMNZS Tamaki as Combined OPerations School Officer sited at North Head, Devonport, responsible for operational training within the RNZN. In February 1996 he commenced an exchange posting with the Royal Australain Navy and was appointed as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Instructor at the Principal Warfare Faculty HMAS Watson, where he remained until May 1998.
On his return to New Zealand he was posted to HMNZS Canterbury and appointed as the Executive Officer in July 1998. During this period Canterbury was fully involved in Operation STABILISE/INTERFET off East tomor. For his efforts in liaising with the Land Forces and ensuring that the ship played a pivotal role in the reestablishment of some of the shore infrastructure, particularly the village markets he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
In November 2000 he was promoted to Commander and appointed as Commanding Officer, Canterbury (the last of the RNZN’s Leander class Frigates). Commodore McDougall remained in command until February 2003 when he was posted to staff positions within HQJFNZ amd HQNZDF (Navy). In December 2006 Commodore McDougall moved back to Auckland to take up the position of Commander Maritime Operations Evaluation Team.
On 30 Novemebr 2007 he was promoted to Captain and appointed to the position of Commanding Officer, HMNZS Philomel and then in 2010 moved to stand-up position of Captain Fleet Operational Support (CFOS).
In July 2011 he undertook a Masters programme at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. where he graduated in 2012 with a Masters if Science in National Resource Strategy, prior to tkaing up a postition within the Defence Personnel Executive.
On the 3rd of May 2013 he was promoted Commodore and assumed the postion of Deputy Cheif of Navy.
Although he currently resides in the Wairarapa with his wife, Jane; he remains a staunch supporter o fthe Auckland Blues Super Rugby franchise.

Rear Admiral Jack Steer, ONZM, RNZN

Rear Admiral Jack Steer, ONZM, RNZN


Rear Admiral Jack Steer was born in Christchurch , New Zealand. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy on 3 January 1973 as a midshipman, specialising as a seaman officer. As a young officer he served on Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ships Taupo, Waikato and Otago before taking his first command post as the Officer in Command of HMNZS Hawea.

Following the completion of his Principal Warfare Officer training in the United Kingdom, Rear Admiral Steer was posted th HMNZ Ships Otago and Southland in the positions of Wapons Control Officer and Oprations Officer.

Between June and December 1988 Rear Admiral Steer completed staff training at the Royal Australian Naval Staff College. On his return to New Zealand he was posted to Naval Staff as Deputy Director of Underwater Warfare. In Novemebr 1989 he was posted to HMNZS Southland as the Executive Officer and in May the following year was appointed Executive Officer in HMNZS Wellington.

In July 1991 Rear Admiral Steer was promoted to Commander. He completed the Joint Services Staff Course in Australia and as appointed to the staff of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre in Williamstown, Australia. In December 1994 he took command of HMNZS Wellington, which successfully contributed to the Multinational Interception Force operations in the Arabian Gulf, enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq. In mid 1996 he was appointed as the Fleet Operations Officer at Maritime Headquarters.

In December 1998 he was appointed Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations, in New York. On completion of this posting in 2003 he undertook the Defence and Strategic Studies course at CDSS, Canberra and gained his MA in Strategic Studies.

He was appointed Cheif of Staff at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand in January 2003 and on promotion to Commodore in April 2004, was appointed as Maritime Component Commander. In January 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Navy following which he was promoted to Rear Admiral and took up the position as Commander Joint Forces New Zealand in May 2006.

Rear Admiral Steer was appointed Vice Chief of Defence Force in February 2008 and during his tenure was fully engaged in the largest reform programme ever undertaken by a New Zealand Government department. Rear Admiral Steer took up his current appointment as the Chief of Navy on 1 December 2012.

Rear Admiral Steer is married to Sally, and they have two children.


Robert Campbell Croker QSO, FCIS, CA

Robert C. 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.