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Council Membership

The University Council must, in all matters, endeavour to advance the interests and aspirations of CQUniversity.

Council has 15 members, is chaired by the Chancellor and advised by its standing committees.

Council meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis.

Official Members

Chair - Chancellor (7 March 2016 to 6 March 2021)

Mr John Abbott, BEng(Mech) QIT, LLB QUT, CPEng, RPEQ, FIEAust, MAICD

Vice-Chancellor and President (1 August 2009 to 1 August 2019)

Professor Scott Bowman, TDCR, DCR, HDCR CollRadiog, FAETC City&Guilds, MA GuildHall, MBA USC, PhD OpenUK, FAIM, FQAAS

President of Academic Board (1 February 2013 to 31 December 2018)

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, CertIVComCult Creative Connections, CertIVTrainAssess GladTrainServ, DipTeach(Sec) BCAE, BEd, MEd QUT, MEdStudies UTas, PhD CQU

Appointed Members

Members appointed by the Governor-in-Council (27 May 2014 to 26 May 2018)

Mr Graham Carpenter, GradDipMgt CIAE, MBA CQU, FCA, FAICD  (21 September 2017 to 26 May 2018)

Ms Mary Carroll, MAICD

Emeritus Professor Robert Castle, MEc Syd, DLett(hon causa) UOW, Fellow UOWD

Mr Peter Corones AM

Dr Robyn Minchinton, BAppSc(MLS) RMIT, GradDipScsComm CQU, PhD London
(Deputy Chancellor 25 September 2014 to 26 May 2018)

Additional Members

Additional members appointed by Council (up to 4 years)

Ms Patrice Brown, CertSugarTech TAFE, CertMaritimeEnvMgt Lloyds, DipBus AICD, BAppSc(Chem) CQU, MEng(Civil) UNSW, MEIANZ (1 May 2016 to 30 April 2018)

Mr Joel Buchholz, BEd(Sec)(Hons) CQU, GradCertCS PNUE, FRSA, MACEL, MACE (10 November 2016 to 9 November 2018)

Mr Mark Peters, BA Macq, LLB Sydney, MSc Oxon, FAICD (13 May 2014 to 12 May 2020)


Elected Members

One elected member of the academic staff (4 years)


One elected member of the professional staff (4 years) (5 January 2017 to 4 January 2021)

Mr Bruce Young, BAppSc(Math&Comp) UCQ, APESMA, ITPA

One elected member of the student body (2 years) (1 December 2017 to 6 July 2018)

Mr Shirish Pandey, BBusAdmin Pokhara

Secretary to Council

University Secretary

Ms Joanne Perry
Phone: 07 4923 2856

Director, Governance (Minutes Secretary)

Ms Kylie White
Phone: 07 4923 2551

Council agreed at its meeting on 10 September 2004 that the maximum period for a member's service on the Council will normally be 12 years.