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Dr Jim Thompson

CAMD Executive Member CEO & Director

Dr Jim Thompson BSc(Hons), MResSc, PhD, GCELead, PSM

Jim joined QMN in September 2017 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer CEO) and Director in December 2018. Prior to this appointment Jim was Queensland’s Chief Biosecurity Officer and office-in-charge of Biosecurity Queensland within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. In 2018 he received a public service medal for outstanding public service to biosecurity in Queensland.

Jim has an extensive and distinguished career that includes more than 30 years of experience across five government agencies in New South Wales and Queensland including 14 years in scientific

research focussed on livestock and wildlife management. Jim has been a member and chair of numerous state and national committees focussed on science, policy and organisational leadership. He is currently a sitting member of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors Executive and the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Centres Executive Council and an Executive Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.


Queensland Museum Network (QMN) is custodian of the State Collection: a magnificent assemblage of 15.2 million cultural objects, natural history specimens and geological treasures documenting Queensland’s story – past, present and future.

One of Queensland’s oldest and most iconic institutions, QMN connects with communities through a dynamic network that includes four award-winning museums; a state-of-the-art collections and research centre; education loans program; virtual museum online; best-selling publications; a museums and cultural heritage development program and major events.

QMN celebrates the natural, social and cultural heritage of Queensland and aspires to be a world-class museum network where everyone is welcome to discover Queensland and share authentic, inspiring stories.

All photos courtesy of the QUEENSLAND MUSEUM NETWORK