Now for Northern Exposure: Changes for Townsville and Cairns Regional Committees

There's been a changing of the guard in North Queensland with the recent announcement of two new chairs for the AIM Qld & NT Regional Committees in Townsville and Cairns.

Local transport identity Mike Mitchell FAIM is the new chair of the Townsville Regional Committee while businessman Scott Brown FAIM has taken over the post in Cairns.

Both Mitchell and Brown bring impeccable qualifications to the respective roles and their appointments will add further impetus to the Australian Institute of Management's 2012 focus on serving regional managers.

Mr Mitchell earned his stripes in the rough and tumble world of rail transport and is the current General Manager Customer Services North at Queensland Rail.

Born and raised in Townsville, Mr Mitchell ventured south to Brisbane and Melbourne to pursue career development 20 years ago but returned home in his current role 18 months ago. He replaces Rabieh Krayem FAIM in the chair's seat and is both excited and honoured to be stepping into the position.

"It's an honour for me. It's a professional responsibility to advocate the importance of management as more than just a profession," he said. "My focus for the next 12 months is making sure we have relevant content, relevant speakers visiting the area and to develop management talent across the region."

Mr Brown, the Owner and Managing Director of Allsigns Print and Design replaces Graham Caldwell FAIM who has spent the past 10 years on the Cairns Committee. A member of the Committee himself since 2009, Mr Brown is also a walking advertisement for the Cairns Management Excellence Awards after winning the Owner Manager category in 2008.

Mike Mitchell FAIM
Mike Mitchell FAIM, Chair of AIM's Townsville Committee

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