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Professor Sandra Harding

Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University

Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore.

Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two areas: education policy and related areas; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. In addition, she has undertaken a wide variety of senior university-aligned roles as well as memberships/directorships of a variety of local, national and international Boards and Councils.

Current roles include: Project Convener, State of the Tropics project; Chair, Australian Bureau of Statistics Independent Assurance Panel on 2016 Census of Population and Housing data; Commissioner, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Member, Trade, Tourism and Investment Policy Advisory Council; Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation; Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Board; Councillor, Queensland Futures Institute; Co-Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Council Member, the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Previous external roles include: Director, Regional Australia Institute; Member, National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Expert Working Group; Member, the Australia-China Council Board; Member, Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Committee; Member of the Australian Government’s Research Policy and Funding Working Group (assisting Dr Ian Watt AO); Member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board; Member, Northern Australia Advisory Group (advising the Prime Minister); Chair, Universities Australia; Member, International Education and Training Advisory Council Queensland; Member, Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Board; Commissioner, Queensland Independent Commission of Audit (March 2012- February 2013); Australia’s representative on the University Grants Commission for the University of the South Pacific; Chair of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council; Member of the HIH Assessment Review Panel; Board member, Skills Queensland; Board member of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council; Chairman of Brisbane Marketing Pty Ltd; Director of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation; Director of the Global Foundation for Management Education Ltd (Montreal); Chair, Innovative Research Universities (an alliance of seven Australian universities: Charles Darwin, Griffith, La Trobe, Flinders, Murdoch, Newcastle and James Cook universities); Inaugural President of the Australian Business Deans Council; Vice-President of the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance.

In 2003, Professor Harding was recognised as North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumna for that year. In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate for services to education from Japan’s Josai International University and in 2012, she was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and was named the ACE 2012 Queensland Medallist “… in recognition of her leadership of education in the tropics that has seen a new academic emphasis on life and the people of the tropics.”

Professor Harding is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Professor Stephen Naylor

Chair of Academic Board of James Cook University

Prof Stephen Naylor is currently the Chair of Academic Board for James Cook University and has been an active participant in education, teaching & learning and the creative arts for more than 35 years. He has worked in high schools, TAFE and for the last 20 years he has worked in the University sector including four years in Singapore as the Campus Dean for JCU Singapore. He has assumed roles of leadership in each sector, driving curriculum, quality assurance, policy development, staff management, professional development and research agendas.

His creative arts background drove his professional practice for more than 20 years where he worked in the area of furniture design, alternative building mediums, painting and contemporary sculpture. Since that time he has focused on research into Australian contemporary creative arts and international exhibition platforms. This research culminated in his Ph.D. project, Australian Contemporary Arts from the Outside in - A spatial analysis of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale 1954-2003 and has seen him as an active arts reviewer for a variety of Australian journals.

More recently this research has focused upon an understanding of a sense of place within the tropical region, especially in the area of tropical architecture. He has received funding grants from the Queensland government to stage research into architecture in North Queensland which resulted in major exhibition held at Pinnacles Gallery (Townsville) in 2009 and a symposium probing the issues of appropriate domestic housing design in North Queensland.

In parallel to his work in the creative arts he has maintained a strong link with pedagogy in higher education. He has presented numerous papers at conferences reviewing curriculum design and more recently the use of the study tour as an alternative pedagogy. He has worked on a number of boards, has been a curriculum adviser for the Queensland Government in higher education and currently is on the Panel of Experts for TEQSA.

Whilst undertaking roles in senior management he supervisors post graduate candidates in the broad area of the creative arts and the intersection between business and teaching & learning.

Ms Patricia Brand

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Ms Tricia Brand is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources Division at James Cook University, the University’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the University Executive and the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

Tricia is a Director of a number of companies, including Director, Tropical Queensland Centre of Oral Health Pty Ltd; Director, CPB Pty Ltd ATF The CPB Trust; Director, JCU Health Pty Ltd; Director, James Cook Holdings Pte Ltd (Singapore); Director, James Cook University Pte Ltd (Singapore); Chair, Finance Committee – a sub-committee of James Cook University Pte Ltd (Singapore); Director, Finance Committee, a sub-committee of the Townsville Health & Hospitals Board; Director, Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and Trustee, Roderick Trust.

Tricia has over 30 years’ experience in the higher education sector, the majority of which has been operating at senior executive and management levels. She attained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994.  She holds postgraduate qualifications of CPA and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Tricia is an executive member of DVC Corporate Group for Universities Australia, the sector’s peak body and heads a Division that is responsible for the University’s Financial and Business Services, Quality, Planning and Analytics, Estate, Human Resources, Information and Communications Technology, the Discovery Rise Project, Health Safety and Environment and JCU Halls of Residence.

Tricia is a champion of sustainability at JCU and is engaged in actively promoting environmental sustainability and involving staff and students in various programs and initiatives that support the University’s tropical sustainability agenda.

Dr Dale Anderson

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Head of Singapore Campus
James Cook University

Initially trained in primary education, Dr Dale Anderson worked as a teacher and Guidance Officer prior to accepting a number of senior roles within Education Queensland predominantly in quality assurance and educational leadership.

In 2000, Dr Anderson became the Institute Director at the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE. While in this role, he led and championed significant strategic and operational reforms which resulted in the doubling of the number of training hours being provided and a 400% increase in commercial activity.

Dr Anderson has outstanding experience in multicultural affairs and international relations. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Cape York Employment and Training Strategy which was nominated in the 2004 Queensland Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service. Additionally, Dr Anderson prepared the Palm Island Economic Development Plan, managed the Queensland South Sea Islander Employment Strategy and was instrumental in the establishment of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, one of Australia’s leading think tanks on Indigenous issues. At the same time, he developed close working relationships in Vietnam and other South East Asian countries.

For the past 10 years, Dr Anderson has led the growth of the Singapore Campus of James Cook University. James Cook University Singapore is now recognised as a market leader in the provision of tertiary studies in Singapore, business excellence, and educational quality. This is evidenced by James Cook University Singapore’s receipt of EduTrust Star accreditation and attainment of Singapore Quality Star. James Cook University Singapore was the first foreign educational institution to receive Singapore Quality Class and currently is the only educational institution in Singapore with Singapore Quality Class Star. James Cook University Singapore is also one of only a very few organisations to have been awarded the AustCham Business excellence award and the only foreign educational institution in Singapore authorized to call itself a university.

In 2010, Dr Anderson was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor, James Cook University Australia and Head of the Singapore Campus. As Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Anderson is a member of the James Cook University Executive and the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

Dr Anderson’s expertise in the field of education and business development in Queensland and South East Asia is well recognised and, as a leader, educator and innovator, he has participated in trade missions and projects in a number of countries in the region as well as China and the United Kingdom.

In 2007, Dr Anderson was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Educators. He is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the First Vice President of the Singapore Association of Private Education, a member of the Education Committee and the ASEAN Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Singapore Management Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Board of Advisors of Australian Alumni Singapore.

Mr Cam Charlton

Deputy Chancellor - James Cook University

Cam Charlton is Managing Director of Kleinhardt Pty Ltd, a corporate advisory firm, specialising in strategic and business planning for business and industry, and in regional economic development.

His current JCU appointments include: Deputy Chancellor; Chairman of Audit Risk and Compliance Committee; Chairman JCU Enterprises Pty Ltd; Member of Chancellors Committee; Member of the Board of Directors of James Cook University Singapore Pte Ltd and Member of JCU Singapore Finance and Risk Management Committee.

His former JCU appointments include: Chairman James Cook Holdings Pte Ltd; Chairman Futures Committee; Team Leader in acquisition of minority shareholder equity in James Cook University Singapore; Chairman of Faculty of Law Business and Creative Arts Review Committee (2009) (inaugural faculty review); Member of Appeals Panel Committee; Member of Strategy Committee; Member of Finance Committee; Member Vice Chancellors Cairns Advisory Committee (mid 2000’s) and Chair Centre for East and South East Asian Studies (circa late 1990’s).

Cam is also a director of Royal Automobile Club of Queensland and a Director of the Cowboys Rugby League Club.

Cam has previously held positions as member of the Committee advising the Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games as regards the 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy opportunities, Chairman of Advance Cairns, Chairman of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Chairman of the Cairns Regional Economic Development Corporation, Committee Member of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Director of Telecasters Australia Limited (the Channel 10 network in Northern New South Wales and Queensland), partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Chartered Accountants, Chairman of the International Business Committee of the Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a Regional Councillor of that Chamber.

Cam has extensive commercial experience throughout Australia, South East Asia, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Russia.

Cam graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1977 and with a Bachelor of Laws in 1980. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an accredited consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. Cam is a retired fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Management Consultants in Australia, and the Australian Institute of Management.