About Us Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ms Su-Yen Wong

Chair of the Board

Su-Yen Wong is an experienced Board Chair and independent director who has served for over 15 years on the Boards of multiple listed, family-controlled, private equity-held, government-linked and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, Asia, and the United States.

She was the first female Chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors and was also Independent Chair of SGX Mainboard-listed Nera Telecommunications. Currently, she is Lead Independent Director at SGX-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings, and Independent Director at CSE Global and First Resources. In addition, she serves on the global board of privately-held Kemin Industries, and is a Director of the Infocomm Media Development Authority, which is a statutory board under the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information.

Su-Yen is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore Business School, a member of the Executive Education Faculty at Duke University, and a keynote speaker who engages audiences worldwide on leadership, transformation, and the future of work.

Su-Yen previously was CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, Chairman for Marsh & McLennan Companies (Singapore), and Senior Partner and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Earlier, she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman.

Su-Yen holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield University, and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. She is a Senior Accredited Director of the Singapore Institute of Directors, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Professor Simon Biggs

Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University

Professor Simon Biggs commenced his appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in February 2022. He is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore.

Professor Biggs’ former appointments include: Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Western Australia, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at the University of Queensland and Royal Academy of Engineering/National Nuclear Laboratory Chair in Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds in the UK. His first academic appointment was at the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Educated at the University of Bristol in the UK, Professor Biggs holds a PhD in Colloid Science. He developed his research through post-doctoral positions at the Institute Charles Sadron in Strasbourg, France and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Biggs’ main research interests are in the field of colloid and interface engineering. He has a strong interest in the measurement, control, and manipulation of inter-particle forces to allow more efficient process engineering of particulate systems. Professor Biggs was the chief investigator on numerous research projects and has authored more than 270 refereed publications as well as being named on over 20 patents.

Professor Biggs received the 2005 SCI/RSC/IMMM Beilby Medal awarded for “a substantial contribution towards fundamental research of practical significance”. His work has led to a substantial number of research partnerships with a wide cross-section of industrial partners covering diverse sectors such as pharmaceuticals, personal care, foods, minerals processing and water treatment. Whilst at Leeds, his group developed a strong partnership with the UK nuclear industry working on legacy waste clean-up problems.

Professor Biggs is a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and serves on the Board of Directors of Advance Cairns, Townsville Enterprise Limited and Smart Precinct NQ. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 and in 2016, as a Fellow of the Australian Academy for Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Stephen Boyle

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore

Professor Stephen Boyle trained originally as a musician completing an Honours degree in Music Performance at the University of Adelaide and worked with many national and international artists during his career. He undertook his MBA at the University of South Australia and then completed his PhD in cultural economics at Macquarie University. He studied with cultural economist, Professor David Throsby examining the economics of symphony orchestras in Australia. Professor Stephen Boyle won best paper in the Economic Papers journal in 2012 for his work on productivity analysis of symphony orchestras.

Professor Boyle has been in leadership and senior management positions in the tertiary sector for over 15 years including most recently as Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance (CBLG) at James Cook University (JCU). Professor Boyle has significant experience in international markets and has participated in a number of Trade Delegations to Asia with State Governments and Austrade. He has worked with major transnational partners including running business programs at Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong Management Association and Taylors College in Malaysia.

In 2013 Professor Boyle was appointed as an Adjunct Researcher at the Culture and Leisure Industry Research Centre at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China, where he is also a Visiting Professor. Professor Boyle is also a Director of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce (Queensland) and President of the North Queensland Ensembles Inc and the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Townsville.

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 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 Hospital and Health Service 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 a 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, Planning Performance and Analytics, Estate, Human Resources, Technology Solutions, TropIQ Developments, retail and commercial developments, Work Health and Safety and Student Accommodation.

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.

Professor Stephen Naylor

Chair of Academic Board of James Cook University

Professor Stephen Naylor has been an active participant in education, learning & teaching and the creative arts for 40 years. He has worked in high schools, TAFE and for the last 25 years worked in the University sector. He has assumed roles of leadership in each sector, driving curriculum, quality assurance, policy development, staff management, professional development, assessment strategies and research agendas. Currently he is Chair of the Academic Board of James Cook University (JCU) and serves on the Panel of Experts for TEQSA Australia.

His creative arts background drove his professional practice for more than 20 years and has seen him as an active arts reviewer for a variety of Australian journals. More recently his research has focused upon design and the understanding of a sense of place within the tropical region. He has recently published a new Routledge monograph entitled The Venice Biennale and the Asia-Pacific in the Global Art World.

With four years’ experience in Asia, where he was the Dean for JCU’s Singapore campus, he had a major role in providing commentary and advice at numerous forums throughout the region on assessment, student centric learning and teaching approaches and on quality assurance and academic governance in higher education.  He has worked on a number of Boards and on the Review Board for TEQSA Panel of Experts.

Whilst undertaking roles in senior management he supervisors HDR candidates and is a PhD examiner for post graduate candidates in the broad areas of the creative arts at the intersection between business and teaching & learning. As a Board member he provides expertise on governance, contemporary Art in a global context and a strong understanding of both community art and art training in tertiary education.

Dr Cam Charlton

Non-Executive Director

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: 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: Deputy Chancellor; Chairman of Audit Risk and Compliance Committee; Chairman JCU Enterprises Pty Ltd; Member of Chancellors Committee; 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 the Cowboys Rugby League Club.

Cam has previously held positions as a Director of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, a 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.