John Battams was appointed to the Board as the nominee director of the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) in 2011 and elected by members in 2013. He was appointed as Chair of the Board in November 2015.
John is a former President of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) where he worked with Queensland unions representing workers on industrial, political and social justice issues. He is currently the President of the Australian Labor Party – Queensland Branch. John is also a director of QIC Limited and several companies in the Labor Holdings group. He held the position of General Secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union from 1990 to 2011.