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Leadership and structure

Portrait of Professor Simon Biggs, Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University.

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Simon Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs commenced his appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in February 2022.

He is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore.

He also advises the University Council on all policy issues and represents JCU in a range of forums.

Executive leadership

Under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor and President, the Executive is JCU’s primary management decision-making body.

It develops and implements strategies, policies and procedures to support the University’s strategic goals and operational requirements.

Members of the Executive also include the Provost, Chief of Staff and seven Deputy Vice Chancellors, each representing a particular academic division, service division, location or research centre.

Close up of the roof at the Central Plaza on the JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas.

University Council

The University Council is the principal governing body of the University, led by Chancellor Mr Bill Tweddell.

Its main role is to oversee the affairs of the University and ensure that the appropriate structures, policies, processes and planning are in place for JCU to effectively manage its activities and achieve its goals.

The Council is also responsible for setting and reviewing JCU's strategic direction, as outlined in the Statement of Strategic Intent.


JCU has two academic divisions and three service divisions. It also has six colleges, grouped by study areas.

Organisational structure chartDivisions and colleges


JCU is a body corporate established under the James Cook University Act 1997 and governed by a University Council.

Chancellor, Council and committeesLegislation, policies and procedures


JCU is working towards the achievement of genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.

Reconciliation at JCU


The TropEco program supports students and staff to maintain healthy environmental, social and economic systems in balance, indefinitely, on a local and global scale.

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