Governance - School Council

The St Margaret's School Council provides the school with vision, strategic guidance, resources and finance for operations and development. Most of this work occurs "behind the scenes" through council meetings and council committees. The support and guidance of the Reverend Mother and the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent and their involvement in council and the school's Ethos Committee are invaluable. The substantial, broad-based skills of the School Council provide support and confidence in all decision-making processes. 

St Margaret's School Council  

Mrs Deborah Smith- Chair
Ms Annie Dunning - Deputy Chair
Mrs Jodi Phillips
Mrs Deborah Smith
Mr Roger Traves
The Rev. Jan Crombie 
Ms Zoë Connolly
Mr Callum Bothwell
Mr Vincent Cosgrove
Ms Lisa Worner
Mr George Piggott

Ms Ros Curtis
Ms Karen Gorrie
Mrs Toni Williams


Mrs Deborah Smith BCom, CA, MAICD
Chair of School Council 

Debbie Smith is the PwC Managing Partner - Brisbane. In this role Debbie is responsible for engaging more than 850 staff and setting the strategic direction of the Brisbane office. Debbie is also a senior Partner within the National PwC Assurance practice and leads some of PwC's largest audit engagements in addition to PwC's Australian Mining practice. She is married with two children and has an interest in travel, good food and skiing.

Ms Annie Dunning BA, LLB, LLM, GradDipLegalPractice
Deputy Chair of School Council 

Annie brings to the Council extensive Legal Practice experience in the area of information management solutions for large public and private sector organisations. Annie contributes to the wider community and has been the Clayton Utz Foundation Representative and Community Connect Coordinator in the Brisbane office. As a former student of St Margaret's, Annie has retained a strong connection with the school and is deeply committed to the education of its students so that they may achieve their professional and personal aspirations. Annie enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her family. 

Mrs Jodi Phillips 
BCom, MScience(IT), GradDip Technology Management, GAICD
Director of School Council
Member of Risk Committee 

Jodi is a current parent, mother to Faith in the Primary School.  She is also an Associate Director at Information Technology Services Division, University of Queensland, where she is responsible for the management of a variety of technology portfolios, including eLearning.  She has been involved in the management of technology resources for over 20 years, with 17 years of military service as an Officer in the Australian Army and several years working in the Middle East on technology security related projects.

Mr Roger Traves QC BA, LLB(Hons), LLM

Director of School Council 

Roger is Queen’s Counsel and has a broad-based practice centred on commercial law but with extensive experience in a range of other areas. They include administrative and public law, local government and planning law, valuation law and compulsory acquisition of land, professional liability, equity and trusts and succession.Roger regularly acts as mediator in a wide range of disputes.He has acted as Counsel assisting in a number of Commissions of Inquiry and for persons of interest and witnesses therein.

The Rev. Jan Crombie BA, GradDipSecStudies, GradDipTheology, MTheology
Deaconed 1999; Priested 2000 – Diocese of Brisbane, Archbishop Peter Hollingworth
Appointee Sisters of Sacred Advent

Jan is a former St Aidan’s student (1973) and has also served on that School Council as the Old Girl representative (1990s) and in a second stint as the appointee of the Sisters of the Sacred Advent (2011-2014). She is honoured to now be the Sisters’ Appointee to St Margaret’s School Council. Jan has been ordained 20 years, and has served in two parishes in this Diocese, followed by four years in central Diocese as the Executive Director of the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission. This was followed by four years in the Melbourne Diocese (2014-2018) as the Archdeacon for Parish Partnerships where she worked with the Anglican welfare agencies and parishes in community engagement initiatives. Jan returned to Brisbane in September 2018 to take up the position of Rector, Kenmore-Brookfield Anglican Parish.

Ms Zoë Connolly ('83) - BA, LLB, CFRE
Director of School Council / Director of Foundation

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.

Mr Callum Bothwell BE (Civil)Hons, AMP(HBS), MIEAust
Director of School Council
Member of Sports Precinct Project Control Group

Callum is managing director of property and infrastructure company NAUTA. NAUTA invests in real assets and provides services across the entire development cycle for building, urban development, infrastructure and technology capital programs in Asia Pacific. Callum’s experience includes real estate investment in Asia Pacific and the leadership of advisory, design, engineering and construction management corporates in Asia Pacific, the Subcontinent and Middle East. Callum is a current parent with two daughters in the primary school and joined the St Margaret’s School Council in 2019. 

Mr Vincent Cosgrove  BA, MBA
Director of School Council

With an impressive career in external affairs and strategic communications including senior leadership roles with BHP Billiton and Royal Dutch Shell in Australia, UK and Singapore, Vincent is currently General Manager of People and External Affairs at Hastings Deering Group responsible for human resources, capability and learning and external affairs functions. He has had a long-standing relationship as a parent at the school, with one daughter graduating in 2017 and another due to graduate in 2019, and brings extensive skills and more than 25 years’ experience in strategy and communications to the school. Vincent holds BA from The University of Queensland and an MBA from Monash University. 

Ms Lisa Worner BCom, CA, GAICD
Director of School Council
Member of Financial and Risk Management Committee

Lisa brings extensive financial and governance skills to the school council gained in executive roles within the private and public sectors. Starting her career as a Chartered Accountant, Lisa has a wealth of experience in financial management and assisting organisations to improve their performance and achieve their strategic objectives. She has consolidated her experience and expanded on her knowledge in corporate  governance by undertaking and graduating from Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lisa is passionate about education and understands the importance of her role on the School Council.

Mr George Piggott BCom(First Class Hons), LLB, GradDipLP, GradDipACG, AGIA, ACIS
Director of School Council

George is the General Counsel of PanAust Ltd and is responsible for PanAust’s legal, corporate governance, corporate communications and head office administration functions.  As a senior executive with close to two decades of corporate/commercial experience in the mining and resources industry, George brings to the Council extensive international legal and governance experience. He is an officer of a number of subsidiaries of the PanAust Group and engages with regulators in Asia, Australia, Papua New Guinea and South America. George has two children with his eldest a pupil of St Margaret’s and youngest a pupil of Anglican Church Grammar School. He has a keen interest in sailing representing Australia at an international level and is an avid snow skier.


The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd is the Trustee of separate Trusts established for both St Margaret's and St Aidan's Anglican Girls Schools. The members of the board of directors of the Trustee are: the Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (or his nominee); the Reverend Mother of The Society of the Sacred Advent; a person nominated by The Society of the Sacred Advent; the Chair of St Aidan's School Council Ltd; and the Chair of St Margaret's School Council Ltd.

The Trustee owns the assets and operations of the respective  schools and is the employer of all staff. St Margaret's School Council Ltd (ABN 69 069 684 019), a public company limited by guarantee, has been appointed as the Trustee's agent to operate St Margaret's Anglican Girls School under a Management Services Agreement. The Council is also governed by its Constitution, takes guidance and direction from the Philosophy and Mission Statement of the Society of the Sacred Advent, and is regulated by Australian corporate law.

The Trustee and Council appoint the Principal. The Trustee, Council and Principal appoint the Chaplain. The Principal, as CEO, is responsible for all other staff appointments, for operating the school within the Trustee and Council approved policies and budget, and for assisting in the development of, and monitoring, strategic goals.

The school is affiliated with the Anglican Schools Commission of the Diocese of Brisbane for collegial support with other Anglican schools in the region, and for collective bargaining with its employees.

The Society of the Sacred Advent School Pty Ltd ACN 104 269 785
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School ABN 93 492 310 839
St Margaret’s School Council Ltd ABN: 69069684019 CRICOS Code: 00511K
A School of the Society of the Sacred Advent