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Appointment of ACU Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

Posted on 3 August 2021
Appointment of ACU Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor
Dear Members,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of The Hon Justice Martin Daubney AM and Ms Virginia Bourke to the positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University.

Justice Daubney will be ACU's fifth Chancellor.

Justice Daubney is well known in the Australian legal community.  Following a career as a leading barrister, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007, and as president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2017. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he had served for many years on the Council of the Bar Association of Queensland, including as vice-president in 2005 and president in 2006.  Since his appointment as a judge, he has continued his wider service to the legal profession, both nationally and internationally. He has also occupied leadership positions in numerous Church, community and cultural organisations.  Justice Daubney served on the Senate of the University of Queensland from 2010 to 2017, and as president of King's College Council since 2009.

In 2018 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, to education, and to the community.

He is also an Honorary Fellow of ACU.

He will serve a term of five years starting 1 January 2022.

Mr Julien O'Connell AO will continue in his role as Acting Chancellor until 1 January 2022 when Justice Daubney takes up the role as Chancellor. He will then continue in his role as Pro-Chancellor until 30 June when Ms Bourke takes up her role as Pro-Chancellor on 1 July 2022 for a term of five years.

An active figure in the health and legal community in Melbourne, Ms Bourke brings to ACU tremendous experience of governance and community involvement: she is currently Chair of Mercy Health and of St. John Ambulance Victoria, and is a Director of St. John Ambulance Australia, Catholic Health Australia and Caritas Australia. Ms Bourke is a consultant with the national health industry group at Minter Ellison Lawyers and previously worked as General Counsel for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and as Special Counsel in the Employment Law group at Minter Ellison Lawyers. She is also a member of the Boards Appointment Committee with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and an Advisory Board Member for the PM Glynn Institute ACU.

I know you will join me in congratulating Justice Daubney and Ms Bourke on their appointments.

I would also like to take this opportunity to especially thank Mr O'Connell for his long and dedicated service as Pro-Chancellor and more recently for serving as Acting Chancellor.


The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge
President of Corporation

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