Brisbane Grammar School is governed by a Board of Trustees – the School’s supreme administering body with wide ranging responsibilities governing its management and growth. The role of the trustees was defined in the Grammar Schools Act 1860.
The Brisbane Grammar School Board of Trustees was to comprise four members appointed by the Governor in Council and three elected by subscribers or donors to the School. The Queensland Government representatives on the first Brisbane Grammar Board of Trustees, elected on 18 October 1867, included the Hon T.B. Stephens (Chairman), Hon Charles Lilley, Dr K. I. O’Doherty and A.B. Pritchard. The subscribers, elected on 20 September 1868, included L.A. Bernays, W. Brookes (Treasurer) and R. Macdonnell.
The statutory body of the Trustees of Brisbane Grammar School was thus constituted and the election and appointment of the trustees was originally on a triennial basis. Now the trustees hold office for four years and at the end of that time are eligible for re-election or re-appointment.
The role of the trustees, who work on a voluntary basis, includes determining the strategic direction of the School; appointing the headmaster; ensuring that students, their welfare and development remain the central focus of School in all its activities; working with the headmaster, staff and School community to promote and implement the School’s mission and values; approving and monitoring policies and practices relating to optimal human resource management within the School; ensuring appropriate review processes are in place to monitor and enhancing the quality of all School activities; assuming financial responsibility and accountability; and reviewing governance policies and performance of the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees has been represented by many fields of community endeavour over the years, including Rhodes scholars, from the legislature, judiciary and the law, to medicine, science, the services and business.
From the laying of the foundation stone of the original Brisbane Grammar School on 29 February 1868 to the present day, the Board of Trustees have steered the School through changing economic and political times to ensure the values enshrined in the Grammar Schools Act 1860 are maintained.
Under the Grammar Schools Act 2016, the Board of Trustees consists of at least seven but no more than nine persons comprising four trustees nominated by the Education Minister, three trustees elected by qualified donors, and up to two additional trustees chosen by the Board and approved by the Governor in Council.
Board of Trustees Election 2020
The term of the School’s current Board of Trustees is due to expire on Monday 15 June 2020. The Board may comprise up to nine Trustees, three of whom are elected by eligible BGS donors and the remainder nominated by the Education Minister. The Trustees generally hold office for a term of four years.
More than three nominations were received by the closing date of 3 February 2020 and consequently, a ballot was required. Voting papers were mailed to eligible persons.
On Monday 9 March 2020, the ballot for the elected Trustee positions was officially conducted. The results of the ballot can be accessed here: Declaration of Poll.
Current Board of Trustees of Brisbane Grammar School
The current members of the Board of Trustees have been appointed or elected for the period 16 June 2016 to 15 June 2020.
Elected Subscriber Representatives
Mr Howard Stack
Dr John Fenwick
Mr Christopher Morton
Professor John Humphrey (Chairman)
Professor Doune Macdonald
Ms Susan Palmer
Ms Megan Houghton
Mr Warren Traves
Professor John Humphrey | LLB (UQ)
Trustee since 2018, Chairman
Professor John Humphrey was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 17 May 2018 and was elected as Chairman on 10 October 2019. Professor Humphrey has over 30 years' experience as a commercial lawyer and is a trusted advisor to many boards. In his role as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law of Queensland University of Technology, Professor Humphrey is responsible for the development and leadership of the School of Law, School of Justice and Legal Practice Unit. Prior to joining QUT in January 2013, Professor Humphrey was a Senior Partner at the leading law firm King & Wood Mallesons where he specialised in corporate mergers and acquisitions and general commercial work including equity capital markets. Professor Humphrey is a Director of several listed public companies and a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. In 1993-1996, he was a member of the Consultative Group advising the Commonwealth Task Force on the Simplification of Australia's Corporate Laws, and in 1992-1996 he was State President and National Vice President of the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a BGS Old Boy '71.
Dr John Fenwick | BE (UQ) DPhil (Oxon), DEng (UQ), FIEAust, RPEQ, AM
Trustee since 1999
Dr John Fenwick attended BGS from 1958 to 1961, gained an Open Scholarship, and studied Civil Engineering at UQ. Starting work in 1966, he was involved with the design of the Riverside Expressway, before taking up a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford in 1967. He joined Main Roads in 1971. In 1998 he took charge of bridge engineering and worked on all the major bridge projects until retirement in 2009. He currently works as an independent consultant. John's three sons attended BGS, as did his father (1919) and brother Tom (1956). Dr Fenwick has been on the BGS Board since 1999 and has served on several other boards including the Sen ate of The University of Queensland and Emmanuel College (within UQ, currently Deputy Chair). He is Deputy Chairman of the board of a construction industry based Certification Authority for construction steels. Dr Fenwick chairs the School's House & Grounds Committee. Dr Fenwick served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees for BGS from 1999 to 10 October 2019.
Ms Megan Houghton | BCom, BA (Econ) (UQ), GAICD
Trustee since 2018
Megan Houghton has over ten years' experience as a non-executive director on public and private company boards, including chairing several board committees. These Non-Executive Director roles included boards of GOLDOC (the 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee), Tourism and Events Queensland, Urbis, and Unitywater. Megan also has 24 years' experience in CEO, senior executive and management consultant roles working for listed companies, government and professional service firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Energex, United Energy, CitySmart, ERM Power and the Queensland Government as the Director General of Tourism, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Megan is a recognised business leader with accolades including Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2010 and named as an Australian Financial Review '100 Women of Influence' in 2012. She currently has a son at BGS and a daughter at BGGS.
Mr Stephen Lonie | BCom MBA (UQ), FCA, FAICD, FINSA
Trustee since 2003 (deceased November 2019)
Stephen Lonie was a Chartered Accountant including over 30 years with KPMG, and seven years as Managing Partner of Queensland. Since 2002, he had been self-employed as a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant. Mr Lonie was an experienced Company Director and held several Board positions. Mr Lonie was on the Board of Trustees of BGS since 2003 and sadly, he passed away in November 2019.
Professor Doune Macdonald | BHMS(Ed)(Hons)(UQ), PhD (Deakin), FNAK, FAIESEP, GAICD
Trustee since 2011
Professor Doune Macdonald was the Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland from 2004 and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University. Professor Macdonald also serves on the board of QCAA, and has previously held directorships with UQ Sport Ltd and St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School. After an early career teaching Health and Physical Education in primary and secondary schools, Professor Macdonald returned to UQ in 1990. In 1998 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching. She sits on the State Ministerial Advisory Committee for Sport and Active Recreation and the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research advisory group.
Mr Christopher Morton | BCom LLB (UQ), LLM (Cantab), FINSIA, MAICD
Trustee since 2003
Chris Morton was a partner of international legal firm Phillips Fox prior to moving into funds management. For ten years until 2007, he was the Founder and Managing Director of Property Funds Australia Limited. He was Founder and Managing Director of mCap from 2007 to 2009, and is part-time Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Trinity Limited. Mr Morton has had a wide-ranging involvement in property activities, including as past President of the Property Council of Australia (Qld Div) and a member of the Queensland Heritage Council. Mr Morton is a BGS Old Boy and was School Captain in 1973. He joined the Board of Trustees of BGS in 2003 and has served on a number of Board sub-committees including Advancement and Community Relations, and House and Grounds. His four sons are also BGS alumni.
Ms Sue Palmer | BCom (UQ), CA, FAICD
Trustee since 2018
Sue Palmer has had an executive career spanning more than 30 years in senior financial and commercial roles across a range of diversified industries. Her previous experience includes senior financial positions with the Leighton group and CS Energy as well as board positions with New Hope Corporation, RCR Tomlinson, MSF Sugar, Port of Brisbane and Queensland Competition Authority. Sue is now a professional non-executive director, and currently sits on the boards of Qube and Charter Hall Retail. Her son is a BGS Old Boy.
Mr Howard Stack | BA LLB (UQ)
Trustee since 1991
Howard Stack is an experienced company director with both listed and unlisted companies, including several as Chairman. These directorships included companies with substantial international operations or whose strategies included penetration of world markets, including Bow Energy, Flight Centre, and Australian National Industries, among others. He was a partner of the leading national law firm Allen, Allen & Hemsley until 2001, and before then a partner with predecessor firm Feez Ruthning from 1969 to 1996. He also acted as a corporate advisor to one of Australia's largest electricity generators until 2011. Mr Stack is a BGS Old Boy and was School Captain in 1962. His son also attended BGS and his daughter attended BGGS. Mr Stack served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for BGS from 1991 to 10 October 2019.
Mr Warren Traves | BE(Hons) MEngSc (UQ), FIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ, GAICD
Trustee since 2018
Warren Traves was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 17 May 2018. Warren is a civil engineer with over 30 years' experience in engineering and management. He has been with leading Australian professional services firm GHD for three decades and is a past director of the company. He is a member of the firm's Risk Committee and past member of the Finance and Strategy Committees. Warren is a past director of the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (Seqwater) and has also been involved in a range of research bodies including the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland, the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. He is a BGS Old Boy '82, as are his father, brother and son.
Mr Mark Corgat | CA MBA (Griffith), BCom (UQ)
Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Corgat joined BGS in 2017. His finance career spans more than 30 years, including tenures with KPMG and Ernst & Young, 10 years in the corporate finance function of Jupiters Limited (a top 100 ASX hotel and gaming group) including as Director of Finance, nine years in the corporate function of Holcim Limited (the world’s largest producer of cement) including six years as global Head of Standards and Accounting Principles based in Zurich Switzerland, and most recently as CFO and Company Secretary of Migas Limited, a not-for-profit charitable enterprise dedicated to training and qualifying blue collar trade apprentices throughout Australia. Mr Corgat is a Chartered Accountant (Australia), and has worked in several teaching capacities for both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Griffith University.