Jim Varghese AM is Chairman and owner of the Leadership Company Qld Pty Ltd and Director of the Springfield Land
Corporation (SLC). Jim completed a very successful period as the Chief Executive Officer of the SLC and from April
2012, and continues as an Executive Director of the SLC. Jim was also appointed part-time Executive Director
(Business Development) for the Australia India Institute in November 2014.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience as a Chief Executive in leading government agencies covering Transport, Main
Roads, Education, Training, Employment and Primary Industries in both the Victorian and Queensland public sector.
He has an outstanding track record as a Chief Executive capable of running multifaceted businesses with a
determined focus and proven ability to deliver excellent and innovative results against a challenging and
continuously changing environment. Jim has represented the public and the private sector in significant trade
missions and forums in China, Middle East, United Kingdom, United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India. Jim is the
Chair of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Committee that delivered the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Brisbane, and the
Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge in Springfield, which were unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the
Jim Varghese has played a key role in commercialising forestry, water, road construction and aviation. Jim was also
at the forefront of promoting and implementing public/private partnerships in Education and Training, and was
Chairman of Aviation Australia Ltd.
Jim has a professional and passionate interest in service delivery and best practice management. He is the creator of
the award winning "Three Learning Frames" management approach, which aligns outcomes with congruent
relationships, structures, systems and capabilities. He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Public
Sector and in 2009 was awarded an Order of Australia for Services to Public Sector Reform and Services to the
Jim has been granted the award of Fellow of these professional organisations: Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA),
Australian Institute of Management, Royal Institute of Public Administration and Australian Marketing Institute. He
is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jim Varghese is also on the board of EIDOS, Deputy
Chair of the Puuya Foundation (serving the indigenous community of Lockhart River in North Queensland) and is a
director of the Qld Mental Health Foundation. Jim is Co-Patron of the Federation of Indian Communities, and Chair
of the Order of Malta (Queensland Branch).
Jim is an accomplished author and contributor of articles on information management, crisis management, change
and organisational transformation. Jim served for over three years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of
Queensland. He has also served on the Council of Queensland University of Technology, the Senate of University of
Queensland and is currently serving on the Council of the University of Southern Queensland.
He holds the formal qualifications of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in contemporary Australian History and Bachelor
of Divinity from the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Business Administration and a Diploma in
Education from Melbourne University.
Since October 2015, Jim has been chairing the Queensland Government review on the taxi industry and
technological disruption and is due to report to the Queensland government in July 2016.