St Margaret's Foundation


The St Margaret's Foundation was established to bring together a committed group of individuals passionate about St Margaret's, its future and its students' futures to assist the school to promote and steward a philanthropic culture to help raise funds for the school to carry out its mission, now and into the future. Our Board members give their time voluntarily and bring skills from many different fields of endeavour to assist the school.

We thank you for your support and participation in Enhancing Excellence at St Margaret's.

St Margaret’s Foundation Board

Kylie Lamprecht - Chair
BBus(ACC), Fellow CAAZ, TIA

Kylie Lamprecht, her mother and sister are all St Margaret's Old Girls and share a strong bond with the School. Kylie is a Business Services Practitioner at Pitcher Partners. Kylie has an extensive background in structuring, taxation, asset protection and family succession with a strong focus on client relationships and service. She typically works on large private client structures across a broad industry sector. Kylie was a former Director of Creative Enterprise Australia from 2014 - 2017 and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 

Penny Wolff - Deputy Chair
BA (Drama), Grad DipEd(Preservice), ExecGradCertBus (Leadership Coach & Mentor), MEd (ECE), MAICD, MACE, MFIA

Penny’s allegiance to the school is one of commitment and enthusiasm, as a St Margaret’s Old Girl and current parent. She values that St Margaret’s effectively combines a love of tradition and its legacy with the excitement of innovation to enrich and enhance learning. Penny has a strong background as an educator, having worked extensively across multiple sectors, including the arts, education, university and business. Most recently, Penny has crafted a niche in the realm of specialty coffee, with people enjoying her multiple brands including Wolff Coffee Roasters, Dandelion and Driftwood Cafe and Queen of Pops. Career highlights for Penny include judging at the World Barista Championships and the World Latte Art Championships.

Ros Curtis

St Margaret's Principal

Ros began her career as a teacher with Education Queensland with the teaching areas of History and Drama. Since that time she has worked in five independent schools in both pastoral and curriculum roles - Moreton Bay College, Brisbane Girls Grammar, St Hilda's School, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School and St Margaret's Anglican Girls School.Ros completed her Masters of Education in Leadership and Management in 2005 and received the Australian Council for Education Leaders (QLD) award from Queensland University of Technology for Academic Excellence in postgraduate study in Educational Leadership. Her areas of interest include school leadership structures and their effectiveness, curriculum leadership and aspirant leaders and change leadership and management. In 2011, Ros received the John Laing Award for her significant contribution to the professional development of Senior Leaders in Schools. Ros is a Queensland Fellow of the Australian Council of Education Leaders and the Australian College of Educations for her services to the teaching profession. Ros is the Queensland Representative and executive member of the board of the Alliance of Girls' School Australasia, and member of the executive branch of the Queensland Branch of AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools) and a member of the Faculty of Business Advisory Board at Bond University.

Zoë Connolly
Director of School Council 

Zoë is a St Margaret’s Old Girl ('83) who went on to study a Bachelor of Arts and of Laws at The University of Queensland.  Admitted as a Solicitor, she worked in the law until 2000 when she took time out of employment to travel with her family and raise her three children. In 2010 she returned to work in the not for profit sector – including at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and Queensland Ballet. She currently works at Queensland Theatre as the Director of Development, and brings a wealth of experience in this field to assist the school in building its future. Zoë retains a deep connection with the school and has a personal passion to create an environment ensuring our graduates bring intelligence, judgement, integrity and wisdom to the complex world of challenges they will face in their future.

Timothy Caro
AssDipBus(Marketing); AdvDip(Project Management), Cert IV(Building &Construction)

Tim attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore, 1983) and is a current parent of two girls at St Margaret’s and his sister also attended St Margaret’s (1984). Tim has diverse business experience, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked for several large global companies in addition to creating his own start up pharmaceutical company which supplied oncology products to both public and private clinics. Tim has also established and managed companies in the commercial food and wine industries, and property development and building sector. Tim has a keen interest in classic timber boats and has been restoring a 90-year-old Norman Wright Bay Cruiser. His other interests include rugby, boxing and wine.

Brendon Alford

Brendon Alford is an investment specialist whose judgment is sought after in the industry because of the depth and diversity of his experience. He has worked in the Accounting and Investment sector since 1997 and boasts qualifications in Business, Applied Finance and Chartered Accountancy. In May 2008, Brendon helped establish Whitehaven Private Portfolios. As Director and Portfolio Manager, he spends most of his day overseeing the investment and administrative activities of clients’ portfolios. Because of his background as a Chartered Accountant, his unique ‘after-tax performance’ view to investment operation sets Whitehaven apart.

Mikaeli Costello
BBusComm(Media&PR), MBA

Mikaeli is a proud St Margaret’s parent, with both her son and daughter attending St Margaret’s Pre-Prep; her daughter is now in primary school. She is Director of the University of Queensland's (UQ) Alumni Relations and Engagement portfolio, overseeing marketing and communications, programming and events, as well as UQ's annual fund and donor relations for the university’s 300,000+ alumni. Previous to this, Mikaeli held a fundraising role at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute. Under her leadership, QBI raised in excess of $35m as part of UQ’s $500m ‘Not if, when’ philanthropic campaign. In addition to her roles at UQ, Mikaeli has worked extensively in marketing, communications, fundraising and stakeholder engagement within both public and private sectors in Australia, the UK and Europe.

Dr David Lisle

David is a past parent with the last of his three daughters graduating St Margaret’s in 2020.  He is a firm supporter of the school serving as President of the P&F Association for 3 years before joining the Foundation in 2021.  David is a well-known radiologist who trained at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland. He is the author of six radiology textbooks and numerous scientific articles.  David regularly lectures in Australia and internationally. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medical Imaging at the University of Queensland Medical School, and an Examiner in Neuroradiology for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. David’s special interests include paediatric radiology, oncology and musculoskeletal imaging.


Heidi Cooper

BA (Govt) LLB, GradCert Management, GradDip Legal Practice LLM (Commercial), GradDip Environmental Law

A senior executive with over 20 years’ experience, Heidi Cooper is a qualified solicitor and corporate affairs professional who has specialised in leading strategy in Top 20 ASX companies with strong growth agendas and significant customer and community relationships. Her work has focused on achieving the best outcomes by working collaboratively with all stakeholders, leading ESG initiatives and fostering community trust and acceptance. Heidi has a broad perspective on business issues and has gained a reputation as a strategist and trusted advisor in the Corporate sector. Heidi has worked at a Board level for many years and is experienced in corporate governance and business strategy development. She is currently a member of the Jobs Queensland Board and the Committee for Brisbane and has previously held board positions in the resources, agricultural and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career, Heidi has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and social inclusion. Heidi was the Chair of a gender diversity initiative which received industry award recognition in 2016. Heidi has also been a member of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee for over 5 years where she works to grow philanthropic support of the Arts. A passionate lifelong learner, Heidi holds several tertiary qualifications including a Master of Laws (Commercial). In 2016, Heidi was selected to attend Harvard University’s inaugural program on Climate Change and Energy and in 2019 was invited to the Global Rapid Switch Program at Princeton University. She is currently completing a PhD at UQ Business School.


Lara Pickering

BMassComm, MBus, M.Edplus

Lara joined St Margaret’s in 2018 as the Director of Philanthropy and Stakeholder Engagement leading the school’s philanthropic fundraising, corporate sponsorship and alumni engagement initiatives with St Margaret's Foundation, Old Girls' Association, P&F and Professional Women's Network. She has a strong background in external engagement, communications, and educational fundraising. She is passionate about the support of education having spent much of her career in the tertiary education sector. Lara is a Member of the Educate Plus QLD Chapter Executive Committee and the Chair of the Fundraising portfolio. She holds a Master of Business from The University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Public Relations and Journalism) from the University of Southern Queensland.