Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC as the 26th Governor of Queensland.
Premier Campbell Newman said his Honour comes to the office of Governor following a distinguished career, most notably serving the people of Queensland as Chief Justice for the past 16 years.
“It is a great pleasure and honour to announce that Chief Justice de Jersey will continue to serve Queensland in his new role,” Mr Newman said.
“His Honour was born in Brisbane and raised in country Queensland as the third son of school teacher parents and is a proud Queenslander who has made a huge contribution to the legal profession.
“His extensive experience and service to the people of Queensland makes him not just qualified, but the perfect fit for this important role.
“The Chief Justice practised as a barrister for 14 years, the last three years as Queen’s Counsel before being appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland for 13 years.
“From there, he has served the people of Queensland impeccably as the head of the Queensland court system.
“Despite his busy schedule, Chief Justice de Jersey has managed to find time to give back to the community, especially to charities advancing cancer research and as the Chancellor of the Brisbane Diocese of the Anglican Church.
“I welcome his Honour, his wife Kaye and their three children, Carolyn, Alison and David and grandchildren, Alexander, Sophie and Lily to this appointment.
Mr Newman said Chief Justice de Jersey would be sworn in as the 26th Governor and formally take over from current Governor Penelope Wensley AC on 29 July 2014.
“Ms Wensley has served her six year term with great distinction and on behalf of all Queenslanders I thank her for the significant contribution she has made to Queensland,” he said.
“The Governor will continue to undertake full official and public duties until the end of her term.