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.
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
Mrs 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 8 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.
The Reverend Nicki Colledge
BA, GradDipEd(Sec), MTh, MEd(Lead)
A secondary teacher for over 20 years, Nicki combines her love of educating with her vocation as an Anglican priest. Formerly a teacher of English and geography, along with Religious and Values Education, she was ordained in 2000 in the Diocese of Brisbane. St Margaret’s is her second Anglican school as chaplain, and the third Anglican school of her teaching career. Nicki is passionate about sharing a Christian faith and spirituality that is relevant and engaging. In her role as school chaplain a day may involve storytelling and singing with Pre-Preps to an in-depth discussion with senior students about science and religion. She recently completed a Masters of Educational Leadership, with a particular focus on Spiritual Leadership within an Anglican school. Nicki is married to Richard and their two daughters are current students at St Margaret’s.
Dean of Pedagogy
Samantha has 28 years’ experience in the education of girls. She has been at St Margaret’s since 2013, initially in the role of Dean of Academics and more recently as Dean of Pedagogy. Prior to this, she held leadership positions in both the pastoral and academic sectors of education, reflecting her belief that excellent learning is founded on an authentic combination of intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical elements. This premise has been the foundation of her professional operations at St Margaret’s where she has worked, as a member of the senior leadership team, to ensure that the school’s learning culture is founded on a commitment to the provision of high quality learning experiences for each student through the creation of an optimal learning environment. Such an environment promotes academic excellence, enhances wellbeing and results in successful outcomes.
Samantha has significant experience in curriculum design and delivery, having created and implemented three programs designed to assist students to learn how to learn. She has the capacity to distil educational research and package the key beliefs and behaviours associated with successful learning in a way which is accessible to students. Currently she is pursuing her interest in teacher learning through her research relating to pedagogical coaching within a secondary school context. This is part of her Master of Philosophy studies at the University of Queensland.
Dean of Studies
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
Mrs 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
Mrs 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.
Assistant Head of Primary
MEd, BEd, DipT
As the Assistant Head of Primary, Trudi Edwards brings to the position extensive experience in primary school education, particularly leadership in Australian and New Zealand independent schools. During her career, she has held a range of roles including classroom teacher and Advisory Teacher in early literacy, Deputy Principal – Curriculum at Churchie, Head of Curriculum at Hale School, Perth, and Director of Curriculum at St Kentigern Girls’ School, Auckland. Trudi has been a lead writer for a monthly curriculum leadership journal. An Old Girl of St Margaret’s, she has a keen interest in educational research, specifically in developing teacher capacity to support optimal educational achievement for students.
Head of Planning and Organisation - Primary
Miss 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 across both schools as a German language teacher and Year 6 class teacher, 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
Ms Lesa Fowler
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
Mrs Kate Curran
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
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 then moved into education marketing and communications, where she has spent the past 13 years, 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 appointed to the board of the St Margaret's Foundation in January 2014, before joining the staff 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
Mr 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.