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 Government 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 Corporation 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.
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 (Chairman)
Dr John Fenwick (Deputy Chairman)
Mr Christopher Morton
Professor Doune Macdonald
Ms Susan Palmer
Mr Stephen Lonie
Ms Megan Houghton
Mr Howard Stack BA, LLB (UQ)
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 has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for BGS since 1991.
Dr John Fenwick AM, BE(UQ), DPhil (Oxon), DEng (UQ), FIEAust, RPEQ
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 in 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 for 10 years and has served on several other boards including the Senate 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 Building and Grounds Committee.
Professor Doune Macdonald PhD (Deakin), FNAK, FAIESEP, GAICD
Professor Doune Macdonald was appointed to the BGS Board of Trustees in 2011. Professor 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. She 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 is President of the Australian Council of Heads of Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences, chairs the state Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation, and sits on the Australian Anti-Doping Program Research Panel and Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research advisory group.
Ms Sue Palmer BCom, CA, FAICD
Sue Palmer was appointed to the BGS Board of Trustees in 2011. She has had an executive career spanning more than 30 years in senior financial and commercial roles across a range of diversified industries, most recently as CFO of the construction and mining company Thiess. Her previous experience includes senior financial positions with the Leighton group and CS Energy as well as board positions with the MSF Sugar, Port of Brisbane and Queensland Competition Authority. Sue is now a professional non-executive director, and sits on the boards of New Hope Corporation, RCR Tomlinson and Charter Hall Retail. Her son is a BGS Old Boy.
Ms Megan Houghton BCom, BA (Econ) (UQ), GAICD
Megan Houghton was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April 2018. She has over nine 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, TEQ, Urbis, and Unitywater. Megan also has 22 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' award 2012. She currently has a son at BGS and a daughter at BGGS.
Mr Stephen Lonie BCom, MBA (UQ), FCA, FAICD, FINSA
Stephen Lonie is a Chartered Accountant including over 30 years with KPMG, and seven years as Managing Partner of Queensland. Since 2002, he has been self-employed as a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant. Mr Lonie is an experienced Company Director and holds a number of current Board positions. Mr Lonie has been on the Board of Trustees of BGS since 2003 and he and his son are BGS Old Boys.
Mr Christopher Morton BCom, LLB,(UQ) LLM(Cantab)
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 Development and Marketing, and House and Grounds. His four sons are also BGS alumni.
Mr Mark Corgat CA. MBA (Griffith). B.Com (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.