​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queensland Train​ing Awards State Gala Dinner

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Even​​​​t de​tails


Saturday 8 September 2018
Welcome reception - 6pm
Formalities - 7pm


Royal International Convention Centre​​
600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

Special Guest


The Governor of Queensland,
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Kaye and Paul de Jersey are dedicated long-standing Queenslanders.

The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).

His Excellency won a Commonwealth Scholarship to The University of Queensland, and graduated with degrees in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971. Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.

The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty's Counsel (QC) in 1981.

The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, 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 contributions 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) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and Griffith University (2014).

His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

Master of Ceremonies


Tom Williams

When Tom called in to Merrick and Rosso's Drive show on Triple J in July 2000 to throw in his ten cents worth on the nation's airwaves he forgot to turn down t​he radio in his ute. The resulting feedback had Merrick and Rosso producer Jen Oldershaw hanging up before Tom's pleading persuaded her to hang on the line. Twenty seconds later the listeners met Tom the Chippy from Manly.

The ensuing rave with the boys made Tom into a regular, letting the people of Australia know about life on the building site for the remainder of the year. When Merrick and Rosso went to launch Sydney's new radio station NOVA 96.9 in April 2001, Tom came with them, running The Chippy's Driver Reviver every Friday morning.

Tom's knockabout charm and easy humour has made him a cult figure alongside the NOVA breakfast team and the first choice as the resident builder on Seven Network's DIY show, Room for Improvement.

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Last updated
26 June 2018