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 ​​​​​​​​ 

Ms Alison Quinn - Chair
Ms Annie Dunning - Deputy Chair
Mrs Kate Gray
The Rev. Canon Dr Murray Harvey
Mrs Jodi Phillips
Mrs Toni Williams
Ms Annette Quayle
Mrs Deborah Smith
Mr Roger Traves
Mrs Janine Walker

Ms Ros Curtis
Ms Karen Gorrie
Mrs Toni Williams

Ms Alison Quinn BCom, FAIM, FUDIA
Chair of School Council
Chair of Master Planning Reference Group

Alison brings to the Council extensive development and investment experience in the property sector, specifically the residential and commercial fields. She has a background in banking and finance together with significant public sector experience which provides her with a balanced perspective and one which understands risk, governance and corporate responsibility. Alison is the Executive General Manager Retirements for Aveo, the country's largest Retirement Village owner, operator, manager and developer. She is also a proud St Margaret's Old Girl and has a daughter in primary at the school.

Ms Annie Dunning
BLaw, BA, GradDip Legal Practice
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 also contributes to the wider community as the Clayton Utz Foundation Representative in Brisbane and has been their Community Connect Coordinator. 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 is currently studying for her Masters of Law. 

Mrs Katherine Gray
Director of School Council 
Member of St Margaret's College Committee

Kate started her career in the public relations industry working in the print media field. She is now a partner in a commercial beef and embryo recipiency enterprise based around the QLD/NSW border region. For the past 22 years her professional focus has been on growing the business and embracing new and emerging research and technologies. At the same time, she has been heavily involved in community groups and organisations with a particular focus on equitable education and opportunities for rural children. She currently sits on the Federal Council for the Isolated Children's Parents Association. She is married and has four​ teenage children​.

The Rev. Canon ​Dr Murray Harvey
BA (Hons), BTh, MAPS, DHSc
Director of School Council
Chair of the Joint Ethos Committee
Chair of Risk Committee

Murray joined the Council soon after returning to Australia in 2011 from the United Kingdom. As Vicar of Pinchbeck in the ​Glen Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln, he led a team of 20 licensed ministers working across three parishes and two church schools. He also served as Bishops' Advisor with the Archbishops Council and at Cambridge was Chaplain to the Britain Australia Society. Murray was educated at The University of Queensland where he trained as a Psychologist, later working in various clinical settings in South-East Queensland, before being ordained in 1991. He is a registered Psychologist, holds a Professional Doctorate in Psychology from Deakin University and was a sessional le​cturer at Cambridge during his time in the United Kingdom. While living and working in the United Kingdom, Murray gained extensive experience in school governance. As Chair of the Board of Governors of Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School in Lincolnshire, he helped to lead the school out of its status as a failing school to earning a judgement of ‘outstanding' at its last inspection. He also served as a governor of St Bartholomew's Church of England School from 2002-2011. He is committed to promoting a culture of excellence in leadership in church schools, supporting senior leaders and promoting school improvement in all areas. Murray is Rector of Clayfield and Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Brisbane. He enjoys rugby, swimming and travel. He is married to Leanne, and they have a daughter and a son.​

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.

Ms Annette Quayle
BBus, MCom, CertManagement, MAICD, CPA
Director of School Council
Chair of Audit and Finance Committee
Member of Risk Committee

Annette is a Lecturer at QUT Business School and member of the Not-for-Profit Accounting and Accountability Research Group. Her research focuses on non-financial performance and accountability measures and she has lectured in higher education in Australia and the United Kingdom. Annette is married with three children.

Mrs Deborah Smith
Director of School Council 
Debbie Smith is the Managing Partner, Brisbane at PwC. In this role Debbie is responsible for engaging more than 600 staff and setting the strategic direction of the Brisbane office. Debbie is a senior Partner within the PwC Assurance practice and leads some of PwC's largest audit engagements. She is the newly appointed audit partner for Rio Tinto globally. Debbie has also led PwC's Technical Accounting and Brisbane Assurance practices in her more the 20 years with the Firm. ​Debbie is a board member of the Breast Cancer Network of Australi​a. She is married with two children and has an interest in travel, food, interior design and fashion.

Mr Roger Traves QC
BA, LLB(Hons), LLM

Mrs Janine Walker
BEdu, GradDip Business
Director of School Council 

Janine Walker is the Director of Human Resources at Griffith University and an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Business School. Janine brings to the St Margaret's Council her expertise in industrial ​​relations, politics, the media and public organisations.Janine is experienced in the governance of private schools and has a deep interest in the future of girls' schools.


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