Grammar Women in the Boardroom: A Conversation for Change

Grammar Women in the boardroom

Although recent reports* show increasing representation of women on boards, Australia still lags behind many other countries. Part of the solution lies in women supporting women, drawing on the wealth of experience within our networks to champion the next generation of female business leaders.

Chair, Ms Elizabeth Jameson (Head Girl,1982), Principal, Ms Jacinda Euler, and President of the Old Girls Association, Mrs Julie Caton (Cleghorn, 1981), present Grammar Women in the Boardroom: A Conversation for Change.

Join in a stimulating panel discussion led by five prominent career directors wise to the ways of the boardroom: Ms Elizabeth Jameson (1982); Ms Else Shepherd AM (1960); Ms Margie Seale; Ms Kerryn Newton; and Ms Susan Forrester.

Also, hear about plans to introduce a Grammar Women Board Register designed to harness the knowledge and experience of female directors associated with the School. Attendees will be invited to express their interest in joining the Register.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017
Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Barbara Fielding Room, Level 4, Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Cost: $20 per adult; $10 per student. Ticket price includes drinks and canapés
Register by: Friday 25 August 2017

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Panel Chair

Elizabeth Jameson is not only Chair of the Board of Trustees at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, but also Chair of the Queensland Theatre Company and a Director of RACQ (and RACQ Insurance). Elizabeth is a practising director with more than twenty-five years’ experience of the boardroom. She has held positions on a number of boards, not only within her ‘passion’ areas (education and the arts), but also within manufacturing, professional services, superannuation, electricity distribution and generation. She has also served on a Federal Government Advisory Board, advising the Treasurer on taxation policy and impacts. Elizabeth is the Founder and Managing Director of leading national governance consultancy, Board Matters.


Ms Else Shepherd AM (1960)

One of the first female engineers to graduate in Queensland, Else was the first Chairman of Powerlink Queensland and has served as a director on the boards of a range of companies and not-for-profit organisations. In 2003, Else was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to engineering, education and the electricity industry.

Ms Margie Seale

Margie has more than twenty-five years’ experience in senior leadership roles across the publishing, health and consumer goods industries. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Telstra Corporation, Bank of Queensland, Ramsay Health Care and Scentre Group. Until recently, Margie was a Non-executive Chairman of Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand.

Ms Kerryn Newton

A Non-executive Director of Energy Queensland and Managing Director of Directors Australia, Kerryn has more than twenty-eight years’ experience working in various legal, management and commercial roles in the private and public sectors. Kerryn’s consulting advice is enhanced by extensive experience as a director on the boards of private, public sector and not-for-profit companies. Kerryn’s daughter is currently in Year 12 at Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

Ms Susan Forrester

Susan’s expertise as a company director draws on more than 25 years’ experience in executive management positions across law, finance and human resources. Her diverse leadership experience comprises roles across ASX-listed, public and private organisations, in both a strategic and governance capacity. Susan is the daughter of past student, Ann Barr Finlay (1956).

About the Grammar Women series

The Grammar Women Series provides an opportunity for friends of the School community to connect and celebrate the achievements of women thriving in their careers.


For further information, please contact Community Relations and Events Manager, Ms Antonia Swindells or telephone +61 7 3332 1437.

* Australian Institute of Company Directors, Gender Diversity Progress Report (December – January 2017).

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