Mr Bill Tweddell

Mr Bill Tweddell was elected Chancellor of James Cook University by JCU Council in November 2015 and took up duty in March 2016.  Before that he was the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines from January 2012 till January 2016.

He began his studies at University College Townsville in 1968 completing his Bachelor of Arts in 1971 after JCU was established and then continuing on to complete a Bachelor of Economics in 1975, completing both degrees part-time while working at the University.

The following year he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and was soon posted to Dhaka in Bangladesh, with subsequent appointments to Athens and New Delhi, where he rose to the rank of Deputy High Commissioner.

In 1995-96, Mr Tweddell was High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and from 1996 to 1998, he was Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser to the then Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer.

He was Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau from 1999 to 2001 and in 2002, was appointed Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in London, where he served until 2005.  He was Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam from September 2005 to September 2008 and was First Assistant Secretary, Americas Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra from October 2008 to February 2010.  Before he took up his present appointment, he was First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Africa Division, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2010 to November 2011.

Bill is married to Chris (nee Austin, also a JCU graduate).  They have two adult sons, Andrew and Paul.

updated 5 Oct 2016