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 providing "Every Girl" with "Every Opportunity" at St Margaret's.

St Margaret’s Foundation Board

Penny Wolff - Chair

BA (Drama), Grad DipEd(Preservice), ExecGradCertBus (Leadership Coach & Mentor), MEd (ECE), MAICD, MACE, MFIA

Penny’s long allegiance to the school is one of commitment and enthusiasm, as a St Margaret’s Old Girl and past parent, with her daughter Xanthe finishing in 2018. Penny 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 and extensive experience as an educator, having working across multiple sectors, including the arts, early childhood, university and most recently today in business and entrepreneurial studies.

She pours her heart into everything she touches. Well known as the “Brisbane Coffee Lady”, Penny has also crafted a niche in the realm of Specialty Coffee in Brisbane and beyond, co-founding Wolff Coffee Roasters with her husband, Peter. In addition, she has also created many distinct retail coffee brands, including popular Dandelion & Driftwood Café and Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar. A career highlights for Penny includes judging at the World Barista Championships and the World Latte Art Championships.

Alongside her entrepreneurial drive, Penny is also an accomplished agile leader, board member, writer and ambassador, continuing to provide value and energy across numerous industries. As a community focused individual and enabler, Penny has a genuine drive for helping others through listening, kindness, mentoring and giving. She gives heavily to others through her engagement, time, fundraising and philanthropic developments. Penny believes no matter what you do, a little bit of kindness and gratitude goes a long way.


Heidi Cooper - Deputy Chair

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.


Ros Curtis

BA(Hons), DipEd, MLitSt, MEd, ASDA, FACE, FACEL (Q), FAIM, GAICD
Principal - St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

In 2011, Ros was appointed to the role of Principal of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. She 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 - Moreton Bay College, Brisbane Girls Grammar, St Hilda's School, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. For over 25 years, Ros has been in senior school leadership roles. Ros is also a director on the board of  AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools) and is currently the Chair of the Queensland Branch. She is a director on the Independent Schools Queensland Board and a member of the Faculty of Business Advisory Board at Bond University.


Kylie Lamprecht 

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

Zoë Connolly
BA, LLB, CFRE
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
BBus(ACC), CAAZ, F FINSIA

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 secondary school. She is Chief Community Engagement Officer, overseeing community engagement and events, marketing and communications, programming and events, as well as UQ's annual fund and donor relations for the university’s 315,000+ 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
MBBS(Qld), FRANZCR

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 three years before joining the Foundation in 2021. David is a consultant radiologist at Princess Alexandra, Brisbane Private and St Vincent’s Northside hospitals in Brisbane. He trained in radiology in Brisbane and Aberdeen, and has worked in Southeast Queensland and New Zealand, in private and public practice, since 1991. David is the author of seven textbooks in medical imaging and of numerous original and review articles. Other current appointments include Associate Professor in Medical Imaging, University of Queensland Medical School, and examiner in neuroradiology for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. David is also passionate about outreach work to less well-resourced nations in radiology. He is an active member of the global radiology charity Radiology Across Borders and provides regular online teaching to colleagues in developing nations.


Ex-Officio 

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.