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Biography, Campbell Newman

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Premier Newman was elected as the Member for Ashgrove and Premier of Queensland on 24 March 2012.

As Premier, he is focused on supercharging the Queensland economy creating jobs and boosting investment, and, making the Queensland Public Service the best performing public service in the country.

A civil engineer by profession, Campbell Newman had a 13-year career as an Australian Army Engineer, retiring at the end of 1993 with the rank of Major.

Following his service in the Army, Campbell worked as a management consultant, helping to improve the performance of large Australian companies including Telstra, BHP Australia Coal and the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission – now Hydro Tasmania. 

He moved from consulting into a senior management position with Queensland agribusiness, Grainco Australia, and became responsible for the operations of the entire company, including export grain terminals in Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane.

Elected as the Lord Mayor of Brisbane on 27 March 2004, Campbell served the people of Brisbane until Sunday 3 April 2011, when he resigned to successfully contest the state seat of Ashgrove.

Under Campbell’s Lord Mayoralty, Brisbane developed into Australia’s New World City with a Can Do attitude that heralded a new era in infrastructure, the complete modernisation and revival of the city’s buses and the planting of two million trees to restore bushland, develop wildlife corridors and keep Brisbane green.

Mr Newman has an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.  He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Campbell Newman is married to Lisa and has two daughters.

Last updated:
5 September, 2014
Last reviewed:
5 September, 2014