Bill Tweddell

2010 College Recipient, College of Arts, Society and Education

Bill Tweddell was elected Chancellor of James Cook University by JCU Council in November 2015 and took up duty in March 2016.  Before that he was the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines from January 2012 till January 2016.

He began his studies at the University College of Townsville in 1968, completing a Bachelor of Arts in 1974after JCU was established and then continuing on to complete a Bachelor of Economics in 1975, completing both degrees part-time while working at the University.

The following year he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and was soon posted to Dhaka in Bangladesh, with subsequent appointments to Athens and New Delhi, where he rose to the rank of Deputy High Commissioner.

In 1995-969, Bill was High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and from 1996 to 1998, he was Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Downer.

He was Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau from 1999 to 2001 and , in 2002, was appointed Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in London, where he served until 2005.  He was Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam from 2005 to 2008 and was Head of the Americas Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra from 2008 to 2011.  Before he took up his present appointment, he was Head of Americas and Africa Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2010 to 2011.

Bill is married to Chris (nee Austin, also a JCU graduate).  They have two adult sons, Andrew and Paul.

Updated February 2018