Born in Brisbane in 1948, His Excellency is a dedicated and long –standing Queenslander. The Governor studied at the University of Queensland and graduated in Arts in 1969, and in Laws (with Honours) in 1971. At the end of 1971 he was called to the Bar and appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.
In 1985, the Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.
In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000), the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.
His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.