Paul Jeans has been chancellor of the University of Newcastle since 2013. Until his retirement in 2000, after a career spanning 42 years, he held senior roles in BHP where he was Executive General Manager/CEO of BHP’s Ferrous Minerals Business and three of its steel businesses, which included responsibility for both Newcastle and Port Kembla steelworks. His earlier career focused on engineering, and he rose to become General Manager of BHP Engineering. Paul has led manufacturing, mining, logistics and technical services businesses through periods of growth, significant change and efficiency improvement, major capital expansion and international operation. He has been chair of the Newcastle Port Corporation, Orinoco Iron CA, Associated Airlines, World Marine and General Insurances and six BHP subsidiary companies. Paul has also been a Director of Foster’s Brewing Group, Energy Australia, Ausgrid and five BHP subsidiary companies.