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Mr John Abbott

Mr John Abbott

John has had a long career in operations and business management in power generation, oil and gas, chemicals and minerals processing.  John has both Engineering and Law qualifications, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.  John has had a long association with CQUniversity with the development of postgraduate courses in Engineering.

Professor Scott Bowman

Scott Bowman

In his role as Vice-Chancellor and President Scott drives the strategic planning, financial and external affairs of the University across its network of campus and teaching locations in Australia. Scott is the force behind CQUniversity's Renewal Plan and is committed to building a strong regional university. Scott's background is in the fields of radiography and imaging.

Associate Professor Celeste Lawson

Dr Celeste Lawson

Celeste is President and Chair of CQUniversity's Academic Board. She is also the Head of CQUniversity's Professional Communication degree. She has extensive practical experience in journalism and policing. She researches and publishes in social media, communication and public relations, with a focus on pedagogy, adult learning and online education. She has published Communication Skills for Business Professionals (Cambridge University Press), and was an editor in Constructing Methodology for Qualitative Research (Palgrave Macmillan). Celeste teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in public relations and communication units, and supervises Masters and PhD students.

Mr Graham Carpenter

Mr Graham Carpenter

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and former partner of BDO Australia. Graham is a Board member and also chairs a number of audit / compliance / risk committees. Graham's other past experience includes senior positions with Queensland and Victorian Treasuries, and as the Northern Territory Auditor-General. Graham brings financial management, audit and risk expertise as well as experience with corporate governance.

Emeritus Professor Robert Castle

Emeritus Professor Robert Castle

Rob is an economist who has extensive experience in international education and academic administration. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong and has served in many advisory roles in higher education.

Mr Peter Corones AM

Peter Corones

Peter is a business proprietor with a strong business background of some forty years. He has spent a large part of his working life in community involvement and local Government including serving as Mayor of Gladstone City for 14 years. Peter has a wealth of experience and knowledge in industrial development, tourism, education and training, and environmental responsibility. His civic duties include membership of a number of key private and Government boards across three decades, including some 18 years as a director of the Gladstone Ports Corporation. He was a founding director and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the region’s primary promotional and development agency established in 1983, the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited, which today celebrates over 30 years. Peter has been acknowledged for his service to the community of the Gladstone Region with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009.

Dr Robyn Minchinton

Dr Robyn Minchinton

Robyn is a medical scientist; her career has spanned over 40 years in the public health sector in diagnostics and research in hospitals, the Red Cross Blood Service and higher education. Robyn is experienced in executive and laboratory management, corporate and research governance. She is a Consumer Representative on several Cancer Australia committees. Robyn is dedicated to mentoring students and early career scientists and supports research collaborations and real community involvement in research. She champions lifelong learning for everyone.

Ms Patrice Brown

Ms Patrice Brown

Patrice is an entrepreneur and business owner with qualifications and experience in science, engineering and business. She established CQG Consulting almost 15 years ago, providing environmental, planning and engineering services throughout regional Queensland and South East Asia. Patrice has a rural background and is a CQUniversity graduate.

Mr Joel Buchholz

Mr Joel Buchholz

Joel is the Principal of Pimlico State High School in Townsville. He has taught and held leadership roles in a range of public schools in rural, regional and metropolitan settings as well as within remote Indigenous communities. Joel has also held a number of advisory and board roles with a focus on youth, education and regional development. He is one of twelve Queensland Plan Ambassadors appointed by the Premier to lead community engagement and provide strategic advice in relation to the state's 30 year strategic plan. Joel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council of International Schools and he has previously served as the Deputy Convenor of the National Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Mark has practised as a Lawyer for over thirty years in the UK, NSW and Queensland. He has a strong background in commercial litigation and now practises solely in employment law and workplace relations. He has a passion for good corporate governance, particularly in education, having held board positions in one of Queensland's largest group training apprenticeship schemes, and a leading independent school in North Queensland where he was Chairman for over 12 years.

Dr Gerard Ilott

Gerard has been serving CQUniversity since 1994 in both professional and academic roles, and is the elected Academic or Teaching Staff member on Council. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is also a Chartered Accountant. In 2014 he was admitted to the award of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on information technology governance and its relationship with corporate governance. Gerard brings knowledge and experience to his role of Council Member, especially concerning project evaluation, financial risk, and financial reporting.

Mr Bruce Young

Mr Bruce Young

Bruce is the elected Professional Staff member on Council. Bruce is a Senior Systems Engineer in the Information and Technology Directorate. Bruce is an Alumnus and long standing staff member of CQUniversity and has been part of the journey from the days of the Capricornia Institute to the diverse locations and offerings we have today. Bruce has a strong family bond to CQUniversity with his wife, both of his parents and his brothers also being alumni. Bruce has strong community ties in Rockhampton, particularly with sporting affiliations in basketball and Australian Rules Football.

Mr Shirish Pandey

Mr Shirish Pande

Shirish was a class representative in his college while completing his bachelor degree at Pokhara University, Nepal. He was committed to solving all the problems and issues faced by the students in his college. He was also a banker at Siddhartha Bank Limited in Nepal. Shirish is currently studying a Master of Professional Accounting at the University’s Sydney campus, where he also works as a student Peer Advisor. He is focused and determined to make a positive difference for the betterment of CQUniversity.