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 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
The Rev. Jan Crombie  - Co-Deputy Chair
Mr Vincent Cosgrove - Co-Deputy Chair
Mr Roger Traves
Ms Zoë Connolly
Mr Callum Bothwell
Ms Lisa Worner
Mr George Piggott
Mrs Claire Fidler
Mr Michael Crowe

Ms Ros Curtis
Mrs Toni Williams


Mrs Deborah Smith BCom, FCA, MAICD
Chair of School Council
Trustee Director
Member of Finance & Risk Management Committee
Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee

Debbie is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a senior partner within the Assurance practice, leading large audits of ASX listed companies. Having worked across Australia and internationally, she brings a wealth of experience in finance, risk and governance. Debbie is a member of Chief Executive Women and is on the board for the committee for Brisbane

The Rev. Jan Crombie 
BA, GradDipSecStudies, GradDipTheology, MTheology
Deaconed 1999; Priested 2000 – Diocese of Brisbane, Archbishop Peter Hollingworth
Appointee Sisters of Sacred Advent
Co-Deputy Chair of School Council
Chair of Joint Ethos Committee

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 23 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.

Jan is deeply involved with the revisioning of the Society of the Sacred Advent, with Sister Gillian and the new Chapter. She is now preparing for Vowed Membership, a new category in the SSA for women in 2023.

Mr Vincent Cosgrove
Co-Deputy Chair of School Council
Chair of Nominations and Remunerations Committee

With an impressive career in human resource management, external affairs and strategic communications including senior leadership roles with BHP and Shell in Australia, UK and Singapore, Vincent is currently General Manager of People, Culture and External Affairs at Sime Darby Berhad’s Industrial Division responsible for human resources, talent, capability and learning and external affairs functions. He has had a long-standing relationship as a parent at the school, with his two daughters having graduated in 2017 and 2019 and brings extensive skills and more than 30 years’ experience in HR, strategy and communications to the school. Vincent holds BA from The University of Queensland, an MBA from Monash University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Roger Traves KC BA, LLB(Hons), LLM
Director of School Council 
Member of Nominations and Remunerations Committee

Roger is King’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.

Ms Zoë Connolly ('83)
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
Chair of Master Planning Working Group

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


Ms Lisa Worner BCom, CA, GAICD
Director of School Council
Chair of Finance 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 and now working as a business consultant, Lisa has a wealth of experience in financial management, strategy and governance and has assisted many organisations to improve their performance and achieve their strategic objectives. Lisa is passionate about education and understands that good governance is essential to the success of St Margaret’s.

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

George is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited and is responsible for the legal and corporate governance functions of Wilmar Sugar’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.  As a senior executive with close to two decades of corporate/commercial legal experience working across the mining, resources and the agriculture industry, George brings to the Council extensive international legal and commercial experience. He is an officer of a number of subsidiaries of the Wilmar Sugar Group and has wide ranging experience managing corporate governance matters. 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.

Mrs Claire Fidler
B Bus (Int), LLB (Hons), GAICD, FGIA
Director of School Council

Claire has an honours degree in Business and Law and is currently an Executive Director and the Company Secretary of ASX-listed entity, National Storage REIT.  In addition to her roles on the Board and Executive, where she is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the organisation, Claire is also Head of the Legal and Governance team.  As a proud former student of St Margaret’s, Claire is passionate about continuing to develop the holistic educational experience that St Margaret’s offers by providing students with many experiences and a platform to pursue their future endeavours. Claire is married with three children, two of whom are at St Margaret’s, one in primary and one in secondary. 


Mr Michael Crowe BCom (Acc/Fin), CA ANZ, Registered Company Auditor
Director of School Council
Member of Finance & Risk Management Committee

Michael is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Brisbane, where he has worked for over 23 years across a number of offices, both within Australia and overseas. Michael's experience is predominantly in external audit, where he has worked with both public and private companies in a range of different industries and sectors. Over this time, Michael has gained extensive financial and corporate governance experience, having worked directly with the senior management and Boards at his clients. Michael has also held a number of internal managerial roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he has had responsibility for resourcing, recruitment and HR teams. Michael has three children with his eldest a student at St Margaret's, commencing in 2021. Michael is very passionate about health and wellbeing, and this extends to being actively involved in the sporting activities of his three children.


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 the Leader 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