Richard Ireland

2013 College Recipient. College of Business, Law and Governance

Richard Ireland is joint Managing Director of the family business FR Ireland Pty Ltd, and Deputy Chair of Advance Cairns.

Joining the family business in 1981, Mr Ireland is a Director of six other associated family companies and is Dealer Principal for the company’s Holden, HSV, Mitsubishi, Ralliart and Isuzu Truck franchises. He has been on the Boards of both the Motor Traders Association of Qld and the Australian Automobile Dealers Association – Qld.

In his motor industry career, Richard has been recognised with a Holden Grand Master Award, a Mitsubishi Motors Distinguished Dealer Award and two Isuzu Excellence Dealer Awards.

Outside the family business, Mr Ireland has extensive community interests including being Vice President of the Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund Inc., established to assist disadvantaged youth in Far North Queensland to live a normal life and take advantage of education, sporting and youth club activities available to them.

He is a past president and past secretary of the Rotary Club of Cairns, and an active Rotarian for more than 25 years and in 2004 he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to recognise his work in Rotary and the Community.

Mr Ireland was a foundation Director and Shareholder as part of the group that started Cairns Taipans Basketball Pty Ltd - now a community owned NBL Club.

In 2005, Mr Ireland became chair of the Marine & Tropical Science Research Facility (MTSRF) Interim Board and became Chair of the subsequent Reef & Rainforest Research Centre Limited, which has managed and delivered one of the world’s most comprehensive tropical environmental research portfolios, through both the MTSRF program and the Tropical Ecosystems Hub of the National Environmental Research Program.  Retiring from the RRRC in 2014, he continues his interest in observing their ongoing work.

Mr. Ireland attended the Townsville Campus of JCU graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1982.  At that time he enjoyed the close proximity of that campus to the Queensland bush and wildlife around Townsville and, can see the same benefits  being enjoyed by today’s students at the Cairns Campus.  Mr Ireland is also a member of the JCU Cairns Campus Founders Committee, consequent to the support by the Ireland family in its foundation.