Our School

​Board of Trustees

The strategic direction of the School is governed by the Board of Trustees, a group of professionals from a wide variety of fields. Council members generously volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to support and guide the School.

The Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the Governor in Council by notification published in the gazette, for a term of four years, of whom:

  • Four are persons nominated by the Minister for Education, Training and Employment,
  • Three are persons elected as prescribed by the Act (ie: donated or subscribed to the school at least the electoral eligibility amount)

Board Chair Mr David Edwards An Ipswich Grammar Old Boy from Class of 1983, Mr Edwards’ professional background is in economics, infrastructure, project management and public policy. He has had a distinguished and successful career at senior levels of the State’s public and private sectors.

In addition to these roles, Mr Edwards is the Chairman of Lifetec, a not for profit organisation supporting people with disabilities, and a member of the Board of the Wesley Mission Brisbane, a not for profit community service organisation who provide a range of services to support people in need.

Deputy Chair Mr Des Whybird BE (Hons), FAICD An Ipswich Grammar School Old Boy from 1965-1969, Mr Whybird's brothers, David, Ken and Jim also attended Ipswich Grammar School between 1958 and 1973. Mr Whybird was the Chairman of GHD until retiring and has a vast array of strategic and governance experience from a range of board and committee roles.

Board Member Dr Michael Fanshawe MBBS (Hons I), FANZCA, DipAdv.PTEE An Ipswich Grammar School Old Boy who was school Vice-Captain in 1986 and currently has a son attending IGS. The nephew of Mr Alan Ladley - IGS Headmaster from 1969 to 1989 - he graduated from medical school with First Class Honours in 1992 and is a leading Cardiac Anaesthetist. Dr Fanshawe is Chairman of the Cardiovascular and Perfusion Special Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Mrs Sharon Carvolth GAICD, B. App Sc App Chem, Grad Dip Qual, M Bus, Grad Dip Env Eng Has extensive industry experience in operational risk management, policy development and auditing. A graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has been involved in the provision of operational auditor training to executive leaders for the past 20 years, as well as, developing management systems for every major mining house in Australia. Mrs Carvolth is a passionate supporter of IGS across academics, sport and the arts and has two boys attending the school.

Mr Michael Glover Mr Glover has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the commercial and government sectors within infrastructure and corporate services. With a Bachelor in Commerce and a MBA, he also has extensive experience in boards and board sub-committees, including the management of Audit and Risk Committees. Mr Glover is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and was previously the Deputy Director General for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and also delivered Airport Link Tunnel in Brisbane. Both Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and Airport Link are transformative transport and infrastructure projects.

Mr Glover is an Old Boy of Ipswich Grammar and has been involved in Queensland Rugby for over 25 years sitting on both the QJRU and QRU Boards. He has also managed a number of Queensland representative teams.

Ms Karen Renton-Vedelago B.A, LL.B, LL.M (UQ)attended the University of Queensland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws majoring in intellectual property. Following her admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, she worked for a prominent Brisbane law firm before establishing her own practice. With more than 25 years’ experience in the legal industry, Ms Renton-Vedelago advises clients on a range of matters including the acquisition and sale of property, land subdivision and property development, and industrial, commercial and retail leasing. Ms Renton-Vedelago has two sons who are Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys.

Mrs Christine Went is the Chief Executive Officer, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane. Having been in the CEO role for the past seven years, Mrs Went is accountable to the board of Ramsay Health Care for both the operational and strategic direction of St Andrews Ipswich and more recently Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane. She also is directly responsible for leading the hospital management team, fostering and maintaining strong relationships with the medical community and actively seeking out new opportunities for improving and expanding services.

Having completed her nursing training in 1992, Mrs Went has progressed into multiple nursing and management roles. She has post graduate qualifications in the clinical specialties of Cardiology and Emergency as well as Business Administration. Mrs Went is a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate and has represented the Australian Private Hospitals association on the Queensland Clinical Education and Training Council, Department of Health, Patient Safety Board. Mrs Went has two sons who are Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys.

Ms Kellie McKenzie is a Ernst & Young Partner based in the Financial Accounting and Advisory Services Group within the Assurance division. Ms McKenzie specialises in Australian Accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards and external reporting requirements. 

Ms McKenzie's 19 years’ experience includes advising clients in both Australia and Europe - including private and public sector entities. Ms McKenzie also has significant audit and due diligence experience and hence is able to provide practical examples of the application of guidance/ accounting for transactions. 

Dr Meg Hooper is a Psychologist with a PhD in Organisational Psychology and 17 years experience in senior internal and external consulting roles. She runs a consulting practice that manages organisational change for her clients. Her team deliver change projects of all sizes (from project change through to large cultural change) and her clients include Seqwater, Aquatec Maxcon, Department of Education and Training, Workcover and Waterline Projects among others. Dr Hooper is also a lecturer in Organisational Change for a Masters Program at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland.

In addition to her consulting practice Dr Hooper founded a community circus school, as well as a start-up called STEAM Circus that uses circus workshops to increase classroom engagement in STEM education.  

Dr Hooper has two daughters who attend IJGS and IGGS and is herself an old girl of IGGS. She is an Ipswich local, passionate about her city and the role education plays in its development.

Secretary to the Board of Trustees Matt McLoughlin