Brains Trust

Newcastle (Australia) based Major Projects Group provided the seed funding, initial expertise and logistics to establish the Major Projects Foundation. Major Projects Group employ a cohort of highly skilled engineers whose talents in decommissioning complex structures in hazardous environments translate well to this task. But as you might have guessed, they can’t do this for free forever.

A group of international scientists are lending us their expertise and access to their research. Our key advisers and supporters include:

NIERthe Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. We are developing a memorandum of understanding with NIER around mutual support for their work in the Pacific. Justine Ulph, NIER’s research Development Officer is our key contact. The University of Newcastle is a great ally.

Dr Ian Macleod, Corrosion and cultural preservation expert

Chris Selman has 25 years’ international experience dealing with underwater corrosion in the oil and gas industry. A qualified Rescue Diver, Chris has been diving for over 10 years. His professional interest in corrosion collided with his diving hobby and interest in underwater film, when a documentary on wreck preservation led him to Truk Lagoon to perform a corrosion survey of its wrecks. This resulted in a paper on shipwreck corrosion, articles in scuba diving magazines, and a feature in the TV documentary “The Black Tears of the Sea”. He is currently supervising research into using native bacteria from Chuuk to naturally remove oil deposits in WWII shipwrecks.

Allison Selman has 20 years’ international experience in subsea integrity management and subsea operations for the offshore energy industry. Allison has been diving for close to 18 years and is a Dive Master. She has expertise in project management, the preservation of offshore infrastructure, subsea operations and is on the board for several not for profit organisations. She was instrumental in the execution of the corrosion survey of the Truk Lagoon wrecks, the paper, magazine articles and documentary. Allison is passionate about conserving these shipwrecks for environmental and heritage reasons.

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Matt Carter 

Matt is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and has worked on, and/or led, maritime archaeological projects in 12 different countries. Matt is passionate about combining his archaeological training and commercial and technical diving qualifications to investigate both the heritage and environmental aspects of World War II wrecks. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications, an International Fellow of the Explorers Club and the New Zealand representative on the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH). Most recently, Matt has returned from an expedition to 3D model World War II wrecks in Palau and has worked as a specialist presenter on the television series ‘Coast: New Zealand’, a spin-off from the BBC-produced UK series ‘Coast’.


Mike Barrett wrote his 2011 Master’s Paper, Potentially Polluting Shipwrecks, a fine piece of work that neatly outlines the scope of the problem. Mike has agreed to mentor Major Projects foundation. He has expertise in corrosion rates, oil types and undersea conservation.

Bill Jeffery, Maritime Archaeology, Chuuk World War II, Asia-Pacific Underwater Cultural Heritage