Jim is a former Director-General of the Department of Community Safety, Department of Emergency Services and Justice and Attorney General; led the Taskforce on Occupational Violence for Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services which reported in June 2016; and currently Adjunct Professor, School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.
On Australia Day, 2012, Jim was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to public administration in Queensland through the development and implementation of public sector management and training reforms and to improved service delivery”.
As Adjunct Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Jim is actively involved in research, policy development, advice and teaching. His teaching has been at post graduate levels and to international public sector delegations. Jim uses his leadership skills to mentor and provide executive coaching to potential executives.
Jim’s expertise in organisational reform and change management were highlighted in 2009, when as Director-General of Community Services, he led the successful merger of the Departments of Emergency Services and Corrective Services. Savings from this initiative were directed towards front-line operations. In 2007, when Director-General of Emergency Services he was involved in the Audit of the Queensland Ambulance Service and responsible for the implementation of its recommendations which were focused on redirecting resources to front-line services and improving service delivery performance.
Jim has been involved in Emergency Management as Director-General Department of Community Safety and Deputy Chair of the State Disaster Management Group. He led key response agencies and co-ordinated the response to a range of disasters which had serious and widespread impacts across Queensland and the nation including cyclones (including Hamish, Uliu and Yasi), the widespread flooding of Queensland in 2010-11, various other flooding and serious weather events, oil spills and other environment threats and bio security threats such as the N1H1 virus and Equine Influenza.
Jim’s other roles include Vice Patron; Surf Life Saving Queensland, Board Member, GIVIT (Not for Profit Organisation), Commissioner of Declarations.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland; and a Diploma of Education, University of Queensland.