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ISQ Welcomes 20th Board Chair in 50th Anniversary Year

Distinguished independent school principal Karen Spiller OAM has been appointed the new Chair of the Board of Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).

Mrs Spiller is the organisation’s 20th Chair in 50 years and replaces John Somerset who held the position for seven years. Executive Officer of Associated Christian Schools Dr Lynne Doneley has been appointed Deputy Chair.

Mrs Spiller has dedicated more than 30 years of her professional life to the education sector and is currently the Principal of John Paul College.

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson welcomed the new appointments, both of which were unanimously endorsed by ISQ’s 12-member Board at a meeting yesterday (Monday 30 July).

Mr Robertson said Mrs Spiller and Dr Doneley were respected education leaders and passionate advocates for the independent schooling sector.

“Both bring extensive education and governance experience to their roles,” he said.

“Mrs Spiller has been a member of the ISQ Board since 2013 and served as Deputy Chair/Vice President from 2014 to 2018. She has also served on a range of not-for-profit boards at the national and state levels, including as recent past National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA).”

“Dr Doneley has been a member of the ISQ Board since 2014 and served as Chair of ISQ’s Education Committee from 2017 to 2018. She has held the role of Executive Officer of Associated Christian Schools since 2010, served as Board Chair of Gulf Christian College, a majority Indigenous school located in Normanton, for 10 years, and also holds positions on the Boards of The Lakes College and Nambour Christian College.”

Mr Robertson thanked Mr Somerset for his leadership of ISQ and significant contribution to the independent schooling sector over his 18-year membership of the ISQ Board, including seven as Board Chair/President.

“Our organisation and the sector look forward to continuing to go from strength to strength under the new leadership of Mrs Spiller and Dr Doneley,” he said.

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