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Dr Jim Gill

Dr Jim Gill was Chancellor of Curtin University between 2010 and 2012. Dr Gill’s career has spanned through a number of major infrastructure areas in the state of Western Australia; he was CEO of WA’s Water Corporation from 1995 to 2008. A major focus during that time was a huge increase in the state’s water supply, together with programs to boost water usage efficiency, to adapt to a rapidly drying climate.

He introduced Australia’s first sea water desalination plant, a decision which has since been followed by every other state except Tasmania, with WA’s second desalination plant now operating at Binningup. Dr Gill was previously Western Australia’s Commissioner of Railways from 1988 to 1995, when the Perth system was modernised from diesel to electric trains, and the Joondalup line was built.

Dr Gill has a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia, a PhD from Cambridge University in the field of computer-aided design, and a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Positions held include Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia, President of the Western Australia Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of the WA Division of Engineers Australia.

In 2006 Dr Gill was named Australian Civil Engineer of the Year. He received the prestigious Grand Award of the International Water Association in Vienna in 2008. He was later made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009.