Professor Chris Rudd OBE
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore
Chris Rudd is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore for James Cook University. Chris is responsible to the JCUS board for the strategic leadership of the Singapore campus of James Cook University and is a member of the JCU Executive Board.
Prior to joining James Cook University, Chris was Provost and CEO of University of Nottingham, Ningbo China (2015-19) where he led a campus of 8,000 students and over 900 staff, delivering UK degree programmes in China's first sino-foreign University and building a series of new research institutes in China to connect with local and international industry. His previous UK roles include Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Engagement (2007-15), leading on business engagement and philanthropic fundraising and Dean of Nottingham's Engineering Faculty (2003-7). Chris was a board director of the China-Britain Business Council from 2011-17.
Chris is an active researcher and holds grants and contracts with several international organisations for his research in engineering materials and lightweight structures. His team have contributed to the introduction of new materials and processes in the automotive, aerospace and medical devices industries. He has successfully supervised more than 60 PhD projects and has published >175 journal articles with around 6500 citations and an H index of 43.
Director of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community
Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is a Director of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – NACCHO and member of James Cook University Council. She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.
Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mr Bradley Smith
Former Manager, Research Strategy & Performance, James Cook University
Bradley Smith was Manager of Research Strategy and Performance in the Division of Research and Innovation at JCU from 2010 to his retirement in July 2019. Prior to moving to tropical North Queensland, he worked at the interface of policy, politics and advocacy in higher education and research. He was the Executive Director of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS – now called Science Technology Australia) between 2003 – 2009; a higher education, science and R&D advisor for Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and President of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA).
Mr Pat Hession
ABC North Queensland
Having lived and worked all over Queensland, Pat is known for seeking out interesting people and enabling them to tell their story with both an entertaining and informative style, keeping audience needs at the centre of the process. Pat says the first step to understand the subject matter, and then to present it in an accessible manner so that people with no prior knowledge can become involved in the discussion.
Pat first started in community radio and TV before moving into commercial radio in 1998. Since 2004 he has been at the ABC, working initially as a radio presenter with ABC Western Queensland in Longreach, then ABC Tropical North in Mackay, and presenting the Drive program at ABC North Queensland for 10 years. After two years presenting the 9:00am – 11:00am Morning Program, now Pat isn’t heard as often on the radio having taken on a new challenge as an Emergency Broadcast Lead, which involves working with ABC teams around the country to coordinate and plan the ABC’s coverage during emergencies. In addition, Pat is often called upon to present statewide programs and to assist in other regions during emergency broadcasts, as well as hosting events such as the Queensland Governor’s Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and the Anzac Day parade on the Strand.
Ms Meredith Wenta
Principal, Kirwan State High School
Meredith Wenta was appointed Executive Principal at Kirwan High School in 2015 and was Principal for 4 years and Deputy Principal for the previous 13 years. Kirwan High is a large, complex, service driven, organization with a diverse student population and a strong improvement culture.
Meredith has had an extensive teaching career in the Primary and Secondary sectors. She began her career as a Primary School teacher, working mostly in the middle phase. Meredith then spent a number of years working as an English and Drama teacher, teaching students in Year 8 through to Year 12. During this time she took on the roles of Year Coordinator and Head of Department. She also directed a number of school musicals.
As the Executive Principal, Meredith maintains a strong commitment to curriculum leadership and has been instrumental in establishing the culture of high performance which focuses on high expectations for students’ academic and wellbeing outcomes. She is passionate about ensuring that all students are provided with an education that prepares them to be successful global citizens.