Chris Briggs is responsible for the development and execution of SeaLink’s fleet strategy including oversight of fleet maintenance, renewal and the of adoption of new technology to improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions across the national fleet of 120 vessels.
Chris joined the SeaLink Travel Group, now the Kelsian Group, as Head of Operations for North Queensland and the Northern Territory in 2014 and in 2016 became the General Manager of SeaLink North Queensland. In his time with SeaLink he has successfully managed the delivery of public transport passenger ferry contracts, building of new vessels, introduction of new tourism products, improved operating and safety standards, negotiated national purchasing arrangements and has increased the profitability of the business.
In 1989, Chris commenced in the marine industry and has worked his way up from the deck to management and gained experience as both an operator and a regulator. Previously the Director of Tourism, Recreation and Stewardship with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Chris has extensive experience developing regulation, working with the marine industry, undertaking community engagement and natural resource management. During his time with GBRMPA he introduced best practice standards for tourism and ferry operators, developed regulation and policy, managed community stewardship programs and the Crown of Thorns Starfish control program.
Chris has also worked with UNESCO on World Heritage Marine Parks missions, is a Board member of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) a member of the Australian Commercial Vessel Operators Association (ACVOA) and has served on a range of industry and government committees and panels.
Earlier in his career he was Fleetmaster for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service managing their patrol vessels, and prior to that worked for many years within marine tourism, ferry and coastal shipping operations. Chris has worked, travelled and dived extensively along the length of the GBR.