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 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 and is currently the Projects Chief Executive for the Queensland Department of State Development with responsibility for the delivery of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the largest private property development in the nation, and for delivering additional regional Queensland Integrated Resort Developments.

In addition to his role with the department, Mr Edwards is a member of the State Advisory Council for the Queensland Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 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.

Vice 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 recently retiring. He 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 in attendance at 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

Mrs Christine Went

Secretary to the Board of Trustees Mr Brenden Hood

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