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Wed, 13 May 2020

JCU’s new Deputy Chancellor

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Cairns business leader Peter Phillips has been elected as Deputy Chancellor of James Cook University.

Mr Phillips was unanimously elected for a two-year term as Deputy Chancellor at a recent meeting of the University’s Council. He has been a member of Council since 2009, and served on the Council’s Audit Committee from 2004 to 2009.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of someone of Peter’s skills, integrity and experience, with more than a decade of distinguished service on Council, most recently as Chair of our crucially-important Finance Committee,” JCU Chancellor Bill Tweddell said.

“JCU is fortunate that someone with such a long and distinguished record of service to business and to the broader community in the Cairns region is prepared to contribute to the governance of the University in this important position.”

Mr Phillips is the General Manager of Cairns Bank, a role he has held since 2005. From 2002 to 2005 he was Manager, Assurance and Investigations at Jessup & Partners, Cairns. He has also held a number of directorial appointments for organisations in the Cairns region, and is currently Director and Treasurer of Harald’s House.

“The importance of JCU to this region is even greater in these challenging times and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as Deputy Chancellor, particularly in the current environment,” Peter Phillips said.

“JCU is well placed for the future despite the current challenges and continues to provide opportunities for a world class education and qualification. It is blessed with a skilled and diverse Council and remarkable executive and staff.

“My interest in JCU commenced in the early 2000s, prompted by concerns about providing our youth with suitable opportunities for tertiary education locally.

“At that time, I was unaware of the phenomenal research activities of the University or that it would become such a well-respected world leader in these areas.  I also didn’t recognise the economic importance of this organisation, particularly to the Cairns and Townsville communities.

“I’m looking forward to serving in my new role to assist with the changes ahead,” Mr Phillips said.

As the governance body of the University, Council ensures that the appropriate structures, policies, processes and planning are in place for JCU to manage its activities effectively and achieve its goals.

Council is also responsible for setting and reviewing the strategic direction of the University.