QCT board

As the governing body of the Queensland College of Teachers, the role of the board is to:

  • decide the policies of the QCT
  • control the affairs of the QCT
  • carry out the functions of the QCT and
  • exercise the powers of the QCT

The purposes, powers and procedures of the board are detailed in the QCT board charter (PDF, 86KB).

The board of the Queensland College of Teachers consists of 15 members as required by the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005.

The members include nominees of key interest groups in education, as well as three elected practising teachers. Most members of the board are registered teachers.

The board usually meets eight times a year.

Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton

Chair
Nominee of the Minister

Wendy completed her degree in Secondary Education at James Cook University. Following periods working as a teacher, curriculum developer and guidance officer, she joined the former Brisbane College of Advanced Education as a lecturer in 1989. She completed Honours and a PhD in Psychology part-time throughout this period at The University of Queensland, and her PhD was awarded in the same year BCAE became Queensland University of Technology.

Wendy was appointed Professor and Head of School of Learning and Professional Studies in the Faculty of Education in 2002, and in 2006 was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty.

In 2016 Wendy received The Miller-Grassie Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and presented the Miller-Grassie Oration at the Queensland Annual Awards Celebration. In the same year, Wendy received an award from the Australian Council of Deans of Education for Outstanding Contribution to Education and the ACDE Board. Later in 2016, the QUT Council conferred the title Emeritus Professor in recognition of Wendy’s extensive leadership in, and service to, the university and to teacher education, and her significant contribution to research in the field of career development.

Appointed from 4 August 2017 to 31 December 2018

Ms Aleisha Connellan

Deputy Chair
Nominee of the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU)

Ms Connellan is a teacher at a Brisbane Catholic primary school.

Appointed to the Board in January 2009 for the second term of the Board (2009-11).Reappointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Mr Perry Anderson

Perry Anderson

Nominee of the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU)

Mr Anderson is a Guidance Officer with Education Queensland.

He has been a member of the QTU for over 20 years and has held various positions. He is currently a member of the Executive of the QTU, a State Council representative and president of Brisbane Central branch.

Appointed to the Board in February 2006. Reappointed for the second term of the Board (2009-11). Reappointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Professor Nola Alloway

Nominee of the Higher Education Forum

Professor Alloway is Dean of the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, Townsville and Cairns.

Appointed to the Board in July 2008. Reappointed for the second term of the Board (2009-11). Reappointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Natalie Clarke

Elected state school practising teacher

Miss Natalie Clarke is a primary school trained teacher, currently teaching at Berrinba East State School in Logan. She began teaching on the Gold Coast and has also had teaching experience in the Redlands area. Natalie has taught in many year levels ranging from Prep to Year 6 and also has experience as an intervention teacher.

Natalie has had experience as the QTU acting Organiser for Redlands/Logan and is currently a QTU representative at her school. She is particularly interested in beginning teachers, women in education and the issues that teachers face in a contemporary society.

Appointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Ms Samantha Blair

Practising teacher representing state schools, nominated by the chief executive

Ms Samantha Blair is an Experienced Senior Teacher currently teaching at a Brisbane state high school. She began her career with Education Queensland as a Secondary school teacher and has since worked across the Primary, Secondary and TAFE sectors within regional and city schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Samantha also spent two years working with Metropolitan Support Services, specialising in behaviour support.

Samantha is a QTU Representative with an active interest in the mentoring and development of beginning teachers. Professionally, she is keen to develop her skills in relation to the inclusion of ICT into the classroom.

Appointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Josephine Wise

Nominee of the Association of Independent Schools of Queensland, Inc.

Josephine is Assistant Director at Independent Schools Queensland. In this role she implements projects that support school leaders to establish high quality performance and development cultures and facilitates professional conversations with leaders to assist them to lead and manage organisational change.

Josephine has worked as national Manager of Policy and Programs (Professional Learning) at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and was responsible for a shaping phase of the Australian Arts curriculum project with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Appointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Kaylee Campradt

Nominee of the Qld Council of Parents and Citizens Associations

As a current serving member on the Board of P & Cs Qld, Kaylee is passionate about public education and the role that schools play in the life and education of young people. She strongly believes that it makes a real difference when families are connected to the school community. As a parent of two small children, Kaylee understands that education and opportunity should be more than chance.

Kaylee has an extensive background in organisational strategy and direction, campaigning and leadership development. She has held several senior roles in NGO’s in NSW and QLD. Previously she worked in Local and State Government in the area of Community Services. Kaylee currently works part time as a progressive Campaigner, and is the President of Currumbin Primary School P & C.

Appointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Alota Lima

Elected state school practising teacher

Ms Alota Lima is a Master Teacher who has worked for the Department of Education and Training for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including acting as Head of Department and Deputy Principal in a number of regional schools and as a classroom teacher in both metropolitan and regional Primary, Secondary, P-10 and TAFE settings.

She has been an active member of the QTU since 2003 and has held various positions. She is currently a State Council Representative, Gympie Branch President, and a member of the Wide Bay Area Council.

Ms Lima has a strong commitment to mentoring beginning teachers, the development and encouragement of innovative and effective pedagogy and enhancing the professional profile of teachers.

Appointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Miss Eloise Power

Practising teacher representing state schools, nominated by the Chief Executive

Eloise is a practising teacher in a P-12 college. Her 15 years of teaching experience spans rural schools, a metropolitan Primary School and now a High School. Her various roles in schools have included leadership, curriculum planning, mentoring preservice teachers and digital pedagogy.

She is passionate about fostering a positive learning environment where students feel valued, encouraged, motivated and supported to be the best they can be. Eloise also strongly supports a common framework for teachers and mentor teachers.

Appointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Ms Catherine Galvin

Practising teacher representing non-state schools, jointly nominated by the QCEC and ISQ

Ms Catherine Galvin has been a secondary teacher for almost 30 years and her experience spans the independent, state and Catholic sectors. She is currently the Deputy Principal of a large Catholic secondary college where she enjoys the challenges of walking with young people, and assisting them to find their pathway in life. Fostering partnerships and relationships between families, staff and students is very important to her. She is also passionate about helping to shape Early Career Teachers and has consistently been involved in induction programs at the school level.

Catherine has a Bachelor degree, and Grad Diploma in Education and a Masters of Religious Education.

Appointed 23 April 2015 to fill a casual vacancy for the remainder of the term to 31 December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Lisa Siganto

Joint nominee of Federation of parents and Friends Associations of Catholic Schools and Queensland Independent Schools Parents Council

Lisa’s experience is in the corporate and non – profit business sectors. She has been a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, a partner at Deloitte and runs her own consulting business. Lisa practises as an executive coach to business leaders, including school leaders. Lisa has served on many Boards since the mid-1990s. She has also run a family service business and helped create a number of social businesses. She is currently the Queensland Director of Social Ventures Australia which supports and invests in non - profit organisations creating social change in the Employment and Education sectors.

Lisa has an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland. Lisa has four children and has been actively involved in their school communities.

Appointed for the term 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, extended to December 2015. Reappointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Mr Peter Hill

Nominee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission

In 2011 Peter was appointed as the Director - Employee Services with Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE). Prior to commencing this role Peter was the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Bathurst, NSW. Peter has also held the role of Executive Director - Mission Leadership with Mater Health Services. He has more than 25 years of experience working in education and in addition to these roles has held the roles of school Principal, Deputy Principal and a teacher in diocesan and religious institute schools. 

Appointed for the term January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Ms Leigh Pickering

Nominee of the chief executive

Leigh has been in the Queensland public sector for around 15 years and prior to that, spent her initial working years with the Australian Government. 

She was appointed to the role of Assistant Director-General Human Resources in the Department of Education and Training in January 2017.

Appointed from 4 August 2017 to 31 December 2018

Ms Bev Day

Elected non-state school practising teacher

Bev is a longstanding and committed teacher of Brisbane Catholic Education with a vision for education that ensures equity for all.

She has experience in various professional associations/committees/tribunals including:

  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Sessional member)
  • Logan Council Representative (IEU-QNT)
  • Organising and Campaigning Committee ((IEU-QNT)
  • AST-ET6-BCE validation Panelist

Appointed from 4 August 2017 to 31 December 2018

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