JIM VARGHESE AM – CHAIRMAN (Independent Non-Executive Director) (Appointed 29th June 2019 to currrent)
Currently appointments include Chairman and owner of The Leadership Company Qld Pty Ltd, National Chair and Director Australia India Business Council Ltd, and Director of the Springfield City Group Ltd. In January 2022, Jim was appointed as the Chancellor of Torrens University and Think Group. He has also been recently appointed by the Queensland government to be the independent reviewer of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
Jim has unrivalled experience in both the public and the private sector. He completed a 30-year career in the public sector that included 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 sectors. 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 Community. Jim is the male Patron of the Puuya Foundation Lockhart River Indigenous Community North Queensland.
As Chair of the Gandhi Salt March Company Ltd (“GSML”), a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was delivered in Brisbane, and the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge in Springfield, were unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Summit. GSML hosts the power of peace festival every year to celebrate the global values of Mahatma Gandhi.
A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Jim has excellent credentials in good governance, which include fellowship of Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Australian Institute of Management, Royal Institute of Public Administration and Australian Marketing Institute. He is an accomplished author and contributor of articles on information management, crisis management, change and organisational transformation.
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. Jim is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of the Sunshine Coast and an Adjunct Professor.
Previously 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, Council of the University of Southern Queensland and Council of the Victoria Institute of Technology.
In 2015, Jim was appointed as Chairperson of the Queensland Government Opportunities for Personalised Transport Review into ride sharing arrangements. In 2018, the Red Meat Advisory Council appointed Mr Varghese to recommend changes to the red meat industry to meet the challenges of the twenty first century.