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About JCU University Executive

University Executive

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.

Professor Simon Biggs

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Simon Biggs is the Vice Chancellor and President.

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.

Professor Chris Cocklin

Provost

Professor Chris Cocklin is the Provost, who oversees JCU’s academic interests, including learning and teaching, research, and students.

He also has line management responsibility for the two academic divisions in which JCU’s six colleges are situated and fulfils the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

Ms Vanessa Cannon

Chief of Staff

Ms Vanessa Cannon is the Chief of Staff, who provides support to the Vice Chancellor and the Executive on governance and management issues.

She is responsible for JCU’s corporate and strategic governance and assurance frameworks and for coordinating cross portfolio strategic initiatives. In this role, she is also the Critical Incident Coordinator.

Professor Marcus Lane Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Environments and Societies

Professor Marcus Lane is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Environments and Societies who oversees the College of Arts, Society and Education, the College of Business, Law and Governance and the College of Science and Engineering.

Professor Richard Murray

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Health and Medicine

Professor Richard Murray is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Health and Medicine who oversees the College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Medicine and Dentistry and the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Ms Tricia Brand

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Ms Tricia Brand is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources who oversees operational services including Estate, Financial and Business Services, Work Health and Safety, Human Resources, Technology Solutions, and Planning, Performance and Analytics.

Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Students

Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Students who oversees many of the functional aspects of student life, including Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement, Student Services, and Library and Information Services.

Professor Chris Rudd

Deputy Vice Chancellor, JCU Singapore

Professor Chris Rudd is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, JCU Singapore who is responsible for the strategic leadership of JCU’s Singapore operations. He is also the Head of Campus in Singapore and Executive Chair of the JCU Singapore Advisory Board.

Professor Martin Nakata

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy

Professor Martin Nakata is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy who oversees JCU's Indigenous Education and Research Centre. He is also a key contributor to JCU's Indigenous strategy and engagement activities.