Queenwood’s honorary Council of Governors comprises a diverse group of individuals bringing professional expertise in administration, education, finance and law to oversee the school. Queenwood alumnae (Queenwood Old Girls’ Association) and parents of girls at Queenwood are represented on the Council, ensuring there is a strong connection to the school community.
A key role of the Council of Governors is to guide strategic planning of Queenwood’s educational offering and facilities.

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Council of Governors
Mr Thomas Dery AO


Mr Dery founded M&C Saatchi Australia and Asia Pacific in May 1995 and has been Worldwide Chairman for some years. He began his career client side with Qantas Airlines and then Ansett, where he was General Manager Commercial. Later roles included Founding Partner of The Campaign Palace and Managing Director of DDB Melbourne.

Mr Dery become an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2015. He has been recognised and awarded for distinguished service to the not-for-profit sector, particularly to cancer research, through the development of corporate governance structures and major fundraising initiatives, to the performing arts, and to business.

Mr Philip Coleman

Mr Coleman began his career with a major firm of Chartered Accountants in Sydney, working in audit and subsequently insolvency and taxation services. After short assignments in Darwin and Port Moresby offices, he spent four years in London with audit and special assignment teams, returning to Sydney in 1982 to the Corporate Services division.

In 1986, Mr Coleman joined a major international financial services firm working on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions and after six years joined a team specialising in equity and debt capital transactions. In 1998 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand and in 2010 Group Chief Operating Officer. He remains a consultant to the financial services firm and is a director of a number of their group companies.

Mr Joe Barr
B.Bldg (Hons) Grad Dip Management

Mr Barr has over 25 years’ experience in the construction sector in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Joe is the CEO of John Holland, an engineering, infrastructure and rail business which operates in Australia and South East Asia.

Before returning to Australia, Mr Barr was the Managing Director of Dubai-based Nakheel Group and prior to that had been in Singapore as Managing Director of Lend Lease’s construction and project management business in Asia.

He has a Bachelor of Building (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Management from the University of New South Wales, and has completed programs at both the London Business School and Wharton Business School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Amanda Bell

Dr Amanda Bell is Principal of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney.

Prior to leading the Women’s College, Dr Bell was Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, one of Australia’s leading schools. Her professional expertise in education and visual arts has developed from wide experience in teaching, management and leadership roles across Australia and both sectors. Dr Bell’s doctoral research reflected her deep commitment to profiling the achievements and contributions of women in the arts, education and philanthropy.

Dr Bell is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board for the International Centre for Youth Futures at the University of Technology in Sydney. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Menzies Research Centre and is immediate past Deputy Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

Dr Bell is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2007 Dr Bell was a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and won a National Leadership Award in Music Education. She also won an Australian Government Award for Excellence as a Principal in 2008 and in 2011 was nominated by the Queensland Government’s Office for Women for inclusion in their 100 Years of Women’s Achievements register for her leadership in education.

Dr Bell mentors many women, including young women commencing their careers as well as mid-career women seeking professional guidance to secure senior roles.

Mrs Lucy Brogden
BCom Post Grad Dip Psych

Mrs Brogden has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology. Specifically, Mrs Brogden has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEOs, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government.

She is a Founder and Patron of the Sydney Women’s Fund, focused on supporting the issues facing women and girls in Sydney. In 2014 she was appointed a Commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission. She is also a tutor in Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University and an active Lifesaver, Age Manager and surfboat rower at Bilgola Beach.

Mrs Brogden has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing women and girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing, particularly in the workplace and the community. She takes an evidenced-based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Mrs Brogden is a ‘Red Shoe Badge’ recipient, having attended Queenwood from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Her mother is an Old Girl and her grandmother’s cousin was one of the five founding pupils.

Prof Gemma Figtree

Gemma Figtree is a Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney and an interventional cardiologist at Royal North Shore Hospital. She attended Queenwood for eight years, graduating in 1992, and a few years later became Queenwood’s first Rhodes Scholar. Her work focuses on improving the care for heart attack patients through research and clinical programs. She has a strong commitment to education, and particularly science education for girls and women.

Prof Figtree is a principal investigator on research grants of over $4.5m and holds research fellowships at the Heart Foundation and NHMRC. She has many publications to her credit and her leading role in Australian medical research is reflected in her roles as Honorary Director of Heart Research Australia and member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Structural Review of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s funding scheme.

Mr Kevin McCann

Mr McCann is Chairman of Citadel Group, Dixon Hospitality and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. He is a member of the Male Champions of Change, a Pro Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, a Director of the US Studies Centre and Evans and Partners Advisory Board and Chair of the National Library of Australia Foundation. He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group, Macquarie Bank, Origin Energy, Healthscope and ING Management.

Mr McCann practised in Commercial Law as a Partner of Allens Arthur Robinson from 1970 to 2004 and was Chairman of Partners from 1995 to 2004. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.

Mr Stuart Osborne

Mr Osborne is a Sydney-based partner of Deloittes and the business tax leader for Australian corporate tax. As the leader of the National Industries group and a member of the firm’s tax executive, Mr Osborne is instrumental in development and execution of the strategy for the tax practice.

His most recent project is the development of the digital compliance offering and he is a member of the steering committee looking at the future of the tax business having regard to the impact of technology, regulatory environment and the impact on the workforce.

Mr Osborne maintains client responsibilities acting for a number of multinational corporations both inbound and ASX-listed. In this capacity he is a regular presenter on tax strategy, governance and technical issues to corporate boards.

Ms Julia Selby
BA (Hons) MPPP Grad Dip App Corp Gov

Ms Selby was Company Secretary at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 2008-2016, having also been Director Student Services until the end of 2015. Prior to joining NIDA, Julia had a long career with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), including serving overseas as a Trade Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and New Delhi, as well as having a range of roles in Australia.

She is an Old Girl of Queenwood and in addition to her interest in the education of girls, Ms Selby brings to the Council her experience in the public sector and working with government, as well as in higher education, training in the performing arts and governance.

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