Nicholas Burton Taylor AM


Nick Burton Taylor AM - Chancellor

The Council elected Nicholas Burton Taylor AM as the fourth Chancellor of Southern Cross University, commencing on 26 September 2014.

Nick brings to the role a distinguished career in commerce and a passion for the transformational power of education on people’s lives. He has close affiliations with rural Australia, and with his wife Julia, established The Country Education Foundation of Australia, an organisation that financially assists rural and regional students. In 1998 Nick was named a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business through the accountancy profession and to the rural community.

Nick is a Director of M.H. Premium Farms and Principal of Hillgrove Pastoral Company which produces beef, wool and grain from properties in New South Wales and North Queensland. He is also the Treasurer and Vice President of the conservation group Bush Heritage Australia. He is a past Chairman of Delta Agribusiness, The Australian Agricultural Company Limited, Airservices Australia, and Australian Topmaking Services Pty Ltd. He is a former Director of Rural Press, Graincorp Limited, Federal Airports Corporation, Sydney Airport Corporation, Hazelton Airlines and the Meat Research Corporation.

Nick started his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers before founding Hays Personnel Services in 1976, where he remained Managing Director until 1989. In 2008 he was awarded Rabobank 'Agribusiness Leader of the Year'. He has been involved with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for many years, and was President of the Institute from 1989 to 1991.