Senior Leadership Team

Principal
Ros Curtis
BA(Hons), DipEd, MLitSt, MEd, ASDA, FACE, FACEL, FAIM, GAICD

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 - 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. Ros is a Queensland Fellow of the Australian Council of Education Leaders and the Australian College of Educators for her services to the teaching profession.

Deputy Principal
Karen Gorrie
BA, GradDipEd, MEd, MACEL

Karen is an educator with over 20 years experience teaching Japanese to both primary and secondary students. She has also taught Geography and Religious and Values Education. Karen is passionate about providing quality pastoral, curriculum and leadership opportunities for girls. She has written articles for various publications and has presented at national and state conferences in the languages area and in leadership.

Karen’s previous experience was as a member of the Educational Leadership Team at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School where she held the position of Dean of Students and Academic Welfare for Years7-9 from 2014, after previously being the Associate Dean of Studies. Prior to this she had experience in middle leadership roles both in Brisbane and in North Queensland.

Karen Gorrie was appointed as Deputy Principal of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School from January 2017. She is keen to work collaboratively with staff, students and families to provide quality opportunities and to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.

 

Director of Business and Operations - SSA

Toni Williams 
BBus(Acc), BBus(InfoSys), CSA(Cert),GAICD

Toni Williams has been in the independent education sector for over 15 years and for the past 11 years has been Director of Business and Operations for St Margaret’s and St Aidan’s Anglican Girls' Schools. Her role incorporates the responsibilities of CFO and Company Secretary as well as management of large capital projects. Toni’s experience also extends into the retail and hospitality sectors, having been a business manager for Coles Myer and holding management positions in various Queensland resorts prior to joining the education industry.

School Chaplain
The Reverend Susan Crothers-Robertson
BTh, Master of Arts (Leadership), GradCert Higher Education

Susan has been ordained as a priest for over 20 years. In that time, she has served as an assistant priest, priest in charge, Canon Pastor at St John’s Cathedral, Director of Formation and lecturer in pastoral theology and school chaplain at St John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake. Susan is passionate about ministering across generations and sharing God’s unconditional love with all she meets. Susan believes that rather than talking about children being our future, which can be disempowering, we should acknowledge that children are our now, meaning they have so much to offer the world in the present. In 2014, Susan introduced Prayer Spaces in Schools to her school. The students and staff embraced the concept with great enthusiasm. She suggests that it has grown because Prayer Space invites students in the busyness of life to take time to reflect, to be mindful and/or pray. Susan has shared the concept with people all over Australia. More recently she was invited to speak and lead two workshops on Prayer Spaces in Schools by Catholic Education Melbourne at their religious education conference. Susan commenced her Doctor of Education in 2018. Her research is “Investigating the formation needs of religious education teachers as leaders of Prayer Spaces”. Susan is married to Craig and relishes spending time with her close family.

 

Dean of Pedagogy  
Jo Butterworth
BAppSci(HMS)

Jo Butterworth has over 20 years of experience in education. She has held Head of Department positions in a range of co-educational and girls’ schools and her teaching areas include Health and Physical Education and Science. Jo most recently was Learning Area Manager of Technologies, Health and Physical Education at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), where she overseered the development of syllabuses and moderation processes for the new Queensland Certificate of Education system. Jo is passionate about providing students with the best possible opportunities for success through the delivery of quality curriculum and assessment. She believes that education needs to prepare students to think critically and creatively, use a range of ICT skills, communicate effectively and work with others. Jo is completing her Masters of Education in Leadership and Management and has co-authored a textbook for the Health and Physical Education – Australian Curriculum. She has presented at state conferences and a range of forums about designing effective assessment and developing valid and reliable assessment and moderation processes in schools. Jo has chaired and worked with various reference groups and committees to ensure our Queensland curriculum is evidence-based and supported with quality professional development opportunities. 

 

Dean of Studies Nicole Devlin
MEd (Leadership & Mgt), BEd, MACEL

Nicole Devlin is an educator with over 20 years of experience in independent and Catholic schools. She has broad experience across all aspects of primary and secondary education, especially in the areas of curriculum design, assessment and effective pedagogies. Nicole is an aspiring educational leader having also completed the “Emerging Principals Program” with the Queensland Educational Leaders Institute. Throughout her career she has been awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award and has had her work on the importance of school transitions published. She has presented in many forums covering a wide range of topics including school transitions, quality assessment practices and buddy programs. Nicole believes that education should provide pathways and opportunities so that all students receive a well-balanced, connected and personalised education. She has the knowledge and vision to provide opportunities for the whole child and she understands that her actions and decisions have a lasting effect on the lives of students in her care. Her resolve to promote successful learning that breaks down the barriers of learning, but does not remove the challenges for her students, to ultimately shape 21st century citizens who are creative, confident, active and informed.

Dean of Students
Nikki Townsend MEd(Guid & Coun), MEd(LEM), BSc, GradDipEd(Sec), GradDipEd(EC), GradCert(Ed Law)

Nikki Townsend is an experienced leader in education, with her experience prior to St Margaret’s including Head of House, Head of Year, Head of Mathematics, Dean of Pastoral Care Programs, Assistant Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and Director of Sport. Nikki has taught in many areas in her career including Mathematics A and B, Junior Science, Physical Education, and Religious and Values Education. In her many and varied roles, Nikki has designed and developed personal development programs relevant to the needs of adolescent girls, implemented student leadership programs and demonstrated a particular focus on encouraging female students in the area of STEM (Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology). Nikki is passionate about encouraging women in senior leadership and how organisations can benefit from women in these roles

Head of Primary Angela Drysdale
GradDipEd(EC), DipT, ASDA

Angela Drysdale has held two formal leadership positions, however, her leadership journey started in the classroom, over 30 years ago, where she demonstrated leadership in collaborative planning, presenting to the wider educational community at conferences and seminars, and sitting on various committees. She is the longest standing committee member of the Educating Young Children journal editorial committee.  She has two held two leadership positions, Head of Infants School at John Paul College, and in 2003 was appointed to Head of Primary at St Margaret’s. Angela is in the final stage of completing her Masters by Research. Her research focus is on the teaching of Proportional Reasoning in Early Childhood. She is passionate about primary education with a deep interest in early childhood education as it lays the foundation for future learning, hence the reason for her research focusing on this stage of learning.  


Head of Planning and Organisation - Primary

Mary Surtees MEd(Leadership and Mgt), BHMS(Ed), BEdSt, BA, GradDipHE, MACEL

Mary has been a staff member at St Margaret’s for many years and has fulfilled various roles in that time within both the primary and secondary schools. With over 30 years’ experience as a Health and Physical Education teacher, Mary is well qualified to organise and plan the day-to-day running of the primary school. She presently teaches Languages in Pre-Prep and Year 5, in addition to the duties of planning and organising. She is passionate about education for girls and best practice in relation to her own teaching. 

Head of Boarding

Lesa Fowler
BA, GradDipEd

Lesa has 25 years experience in education across a number of different educational settings. She has taught in the private and state system including all boys, co-educational and girls schools. Her experience has included living and working in many boarding schools from Melbourne, Rockhampton and Brisbane. Lesa has been at St Margaret’s since 2008 as Head of Boarding and also teaches within the day school. As the Head of Boarding, she ensures through her work on the Educational and Senior Leadership teams that the boarding house is at the forefront of decision making.  

Lesa has been a member of the Australian Boarding Schools Association and held the position of Chair of the Queensland Board and a member of the Australian Board. She is passionate about boarding and has been involved and presented at conferences on Risk Assessment and Leading a Boarding School. Lesa has a particular interest in cultural diversity within boarding and works extensively to ensure that all girls in boarding have a global view of the world.  

Director of Human Resources

Kate Curran 
BBus MAHRI

Kate joined St Margaret’s in 2010, after returning to the workforce post the birth of her second child. An experienced human resources professional, in her career Kate has been drawn to human resources roles within service industries including catering, a short stint in an external recruitment agency, an airline and, now, education. Kate has a particular interest in recruitment and attracting the best candidates and has accreditation to use and interpret a range of SHL psychometric testing and DDI targeted selection. Kate believes that people make an organisation and is extremely grateful to work with the professional, innovative and caring staff at St Margaret’s.   

Director of Marketing and Communications
Wendy Johnston BEM
BA(Journalism), GCertDM, Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing

Wendy spent 20 years in the tourism industry, primarily in various marketing roles for Tourism Queensland. She was Operations Manager for the Queensland Pavilion at World Expo 88, for which she was awarded a British Empire Medal. Wendy moved into education marketing and communications in 2004, working firstly for Cannon Hill Anglican College, then seven years as Communications Manager at Brisbane Grammar School. A St Margaret's Old Girl (nee Giddens, '79), Wendy was St Margaret's Foundation board director from January 2014 - June 2017. She joined St Margaret's in her current role in June 2014. Wendy has raised two children, and her daughter is also a past student ('11).

Chief Information Officer SSA Greg Anderson

As Chief Information Officer for SSA Schools, Greg provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust and secure information technology environment throughout the schools. Greg's focus is on ensuring teachers and students have access to the best technologies available and that as a team they provide excellent customer support.Greg has been involved in the Information Technology field for over 15 years, with a number of those being in management positions in the Higher Education space in South Africa. Greg is married and has two young boys.