Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees 2018

Brisbane Girls Grammar School is one of eight grammar schools in Queensland established under the Grammar Schools Act 1860 during the first session of the new colony’s first parliament and now operating under the Grammar Schools Act 2016. The School is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of at least seven but no more than nine members appointed by the Governor in Council: three elected by and from the School’s Roll of Electors, four nominated by the Minister, and up to two additional members chosen by the Board and nominated by the Minister. The Trustees hold office for four years and at the end of that time are eligible for re-election or re-appointment.

Two additional Trustees appointed

In December 2017, the School sought approval for the appointment of two additional trustees, Associate Professor Dr James Nicklin and Ms Kerryn Newton, and formal approval for these appointments was given by the Governor in Council on 15 May 2018.

The Board of Trustees are:

Ms Elizabeth Jameson

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Development and Philanthropy Committee

Ms Elizabeth Jameson, BA/LLB (Hons), FAICD

A corporate/commercial lawyer by background, Elizabeth Jameson has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2006, and prior to that as a Trustee, and Deputy Chair for ten years. Since 1991 she has served on the boards of many community and for-profit organisations, including education-related boards, such as the University of the Sunshine Coast and the predecessor of Independent Schools Queensland. Her present additional board positions are RACQ, Queensland Theatre, the John Villiers Trust and the Board of Management of the Queensland Police Service. As a past student (1978-1982) and past Head Girl, Ms Jameson has a strong belief in the importance of providing a broad-based liberal education to young women to prepare them to make a positive difference to the community. This comes from her own experience of the importance that Girls Grammar played in shaping her own life. In 2002, Ms Jameson established specialist governance consultancy, Board Matters. Today she is Managing Director of Board Matters, heading up a team of six specialist governance, legal and strategy consultants.

Dr Mary Mahoney

Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees

Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO, MBBS, GDipClinEd, HonMDQld, FRACGP, MRACMA, FAIM, FAMA, MAICD

Professor Mahoney is a General Practitioner and was Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Training Program for twenty-five years. She was formerly Deputy Chancellor of The University of Queensland and a member of UQ Senate. She is currently a Director of the Board of General Practice Training Queensland, and Deputy Chair of St Leo’s College Council of UQ. Professor Mahoney has had extensive experience in governance issues and long involvement in national and state educational and advisory bodies and boards.

Mr Tony Young

Chair of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Resource Committee

Mr Tony Young, BBus, FCA, CPA, CTA, GAICD

Mr Young is a partner with BDO, one of the largest professional services firms in Queensland, specialising in providing expert business, taxation and accountancy advice. He has more than thirty years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant providing assistance to a diverse selection of clients with a focus on significant family owned enterprises across a range of industries.

Ms Ann Harrap

Ms Ann Harrap BA/LLB (2B Hons) UQ, Grad Dip Foreign Affairs and Trade (ANU)

Ms Harrap was a student at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 1980 to 1984 and in her final year was Head Girl and Tennis Captain and is now a keen participant in alumni and girls’ leadership training activities.Ms Harrap is a former Australian Ambassador with 20 years diplomatic experience providing high-quality strategic policy advice, superior advocacy and stakeholder engagement and expert negotiation. She currently works for Coffey International as the Country Manager for Papua New Guinea.

She has extensive executive management experience with large, culturally diverse teams, including in Africa and Papua New Guinea.

A University of Queensland Arts/Law graduate and now Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies, Ms Harrap is passionate about Australia’s place in the world, growing the confidence of, and opportunities for, young women and encouraging greater international travel and mobility.

Professor Adam Shoemaker

Professor Adam Shoemaker BA Hons (Queen’s), PhD (ANU)

Professor Shoemaker is Vice Chancellor at Southern Cross University (SCU), New South Wales, Australia. Prior to joining SCU in September 2016, he was Academic Provost at Griffith University, Queensland from 2014, and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University. A former Dean of Arts at ANU from 2000 to 2007, Adam served as Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival in the mid-1990s and edited a landmark anthology of Australian writing and photography—A Sea Change—which was published in association with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He chaired the Advisory Board of Monash University Publishing and, for many years, was on the Advisory Board of Campus Review.

A former Commonwealth Scholar, Professor Shoemaker is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the area of Indigenous Literature and Culture. The author or editor of eight books in that field, he is also widely published in the areas of international and digital education; race relations; and Cultural Studies.

He is very active in community engagement and founded the Monash-Oxfam Partnership and co-founded the Monash-World Vision Alliance; both of which encompass action research, in-country projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific; student-focussed internships and transformational curriculum materials.

Professor Shoemaker is a former Director of Open Universities Australia (OUA) and is a member of the board of the Queensland statutory authority which oversees the state’s OP system, its involvement in NAPLAN and the development of the National Curriculum:  the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

Mr Andrew King

Mr Andrew King 

Mr King has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian corporate real estate market, during which time he has conceived, facilitated and structured many billions of dollars worth of transactions and projects. Mr King’s business dealings have given him the opportunity to forge enduring relationships and friendships throughout the property and investment sector.Mr King has specialist skills in negotiating, building high performance teams and businesses, funds management and development, and is known for his personal drive and commitment.

In 2010 Mr King created Asher Capital as a solely-owned entity allowing him to focus exclusively on private equity and venture capital opportunities, mezzanine debt lending, property investment and development as well as philanthropic activities through a family foundation.

Mr King is presently on the Boards of Urban Futures Brisbane and Queensland Investment Corporation and is also a member of a number of committees.

Julie McKay

Ms Julie McKay (2000) Fellow in Ethical Leadership, EMBA, MPP, BBusMan, BA

Between 2007 and April 2016, Ms McKay was the Executive Director of UN Women Australia working to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. She also served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) working to support the cultural change programme within the ADF.

Ms McKay convenes the Queensland Male Champions of Change and is Chair of the Women’s College Council of the University of Sydney. In 2014, she completed a Churchill Fellowship, researching best practice for ensuring women reach leadership positions in male-dominated industries.

In 2017, Ms McKay joined PwC as a Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer leading the firm’s internal and external work on diversity and inclusion. Ms McKay was a student at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 1996 to 2000.


Members appointed in May 2018:

Associate Professor Dr James Nicklin

Associate Professor Dr James Nicklin MBBS, FRANZCOG, CGO

With more than 20 years’ experience as a Gynaecologic Oncologist, Dr Nicklin has a particular interest in laparoscopic and robotic gynaecological surgery, teaching, research and medical aid work.

After graduating from The University of Queensland and completing his internship and residency at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Dr Nicklin undertook specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Queensland, followed by sub-specialty training in gynaecologic oncology at the Royal Hospital for Women (Sydney) and The Ohio State University (USA).

Dr Nicklin is an Associate Professor of Gynaecologic Oncology at The University of Queensland (UQ), and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He has previously served as Chairman, Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists (2014 to 2016).

Ms Kerryn Newton

Ms Kerryn Newton LLM, MBA, MA, Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment), FAICD, FGIA, FIML

Ms Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in legal, management and commercial roles across the private and public sectors.

Since 2009, Ms Newton has held the role of Managing Director at Directors Australia, a national board consulting and non-executive director recruitment firm. In this position, Ms Newton advises a diverse range of businesses on how to improve board and organisational performance through strategy, board structures and composition, and governance systems and practices.

Ms Newton possesses extensive experience as a Director; she has served on the boards of private, public and not-for-profit companies across aged care, education, childcare, energy, property and housing. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Energy Queensland Ltd, a state-owned corporation responsible for the distribution of electricity across Queensland.

Ms Newton’s daughter graduated from Brisbane Girls Grammar School in 2017.


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