She’s become a household name in Queensland, advising our leaders and safely steering the state through one of the world’s worst pandemics.
Alongside Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dr Jeannette Young made tough decisions to lock Queensland down and close our borders.
While many sacrifices were made, the measures kept us safe – so far Queensland has only recorded 7 deaths, compared to Victoria’s 820.
After such an impressive performance in arguably this year’s most stressful job, there were calls for Dr Young to become Queensland’s next Governor. And those calls were answered.
The current Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, originally served a five-year term which was then extended for another two years – The Queen agreeing to lengthen his appointment until 29 July 2021.
Before being Governor, His Excellency was Queensland’s 17th Chief Justice for more than 16 years.
He was born and bred in Queensland, completing degrees in Arts and Laws (with honors) at The University of Queensland.
While Dr Young has never studied or worked in Law, her career has been just as impressive.
She grew up in New South Wales, the eldest of three sisters.
Originally she wanted to be a Ballerina, but in her last year of school enrolled in Medicine at the University of Sydney.
Five years later she became a Doctor and in the years proceeding worked predominantly in Emergency.
After six and a half years, she took a job in medical management.
She first came to Queensland in 1994, after landing the job as Rockhampton Hospital’s Health Director.
Dr Young then came down to Brisbane as the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Head of Medical Services in 1999, before becoming the Chief Health Officer in 2005.
And now Dr Young will be the next Governor of Queensland.
She will be sworn in on 1 November 2021.