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
- 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 B Econ B Arts has a long and distinguished career in the public, private and not for profit sectors. With over 25 years experience in senior and CEO positions in Queensland’s public service, David’s focus is policy development, infrastructure planning and delivery, regional economic development and commercial transactions in the mining, resources, property and tourism sectors.
David is also very active in the not-for-profit sector and Government board sectors and in additional to chairing the Board of Trustees for Ipswich Grammar School, David chairs LifeTec Australia, a disability and aged care service provider successfully operating for over 40 years.
David is currently Principal of BGE Advisory Pty Ltd providing infrastructure, commercial and transaction management advice to range of public and private sector clients in Queensland and the Northern Territory. He is married to wife Sybil and has two daughters, Elsie and India.
Deputy Chair Mr Des Whybird BE (Hons), FAICD is 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 graduated from the University of Queensland in Civil Engineering with Honours and served as CEO and Chairman of the GHD Group until retiring. Des has strategic and governance experience from a range of board and committee roles including President of Tattersall’s Club, Rural and Remote Mental Health and Ultra Aquatic Technology Pty Ltd.
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 25 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 one boy attending the school and other son is IGS Old Boy.
Mr Michael Glover BCom, EMBA, MIIA, FAIM, GAICD is a senior executive with extensive experience with establishing, structuring and working within government statutory authorities and leading large infrastructure projects. Michael Glover is currently Queensland Managing Director for Create Advisory, and was previously the Acting Director General for the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.
Michael 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. Michael is Chair for Manufacturing Skills Queensland.
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 and is an alumna of Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School.
Mrs Christine Went RN, BN, GradCert Critical Care, GradCert Emergency, GradCert Business Administrationis the Chief Operating Officer, Mater Hospitals, where she supports leadership teams to perform at top of scope, ensuring successful business growth and improved performance outcomes of the Mater hospitals across Queensland. In her previous roles she was Chief Executive Officer of St. Andrews Ipswich Private and more recently Greenslopes Private Hospital. 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 has two sons who are Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys.
Ms Kellie McKenzie is a Ernst & Young Partner based in Brisbane within the Assurance division. Ms McKenzie specialises in Australian Accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards and external reporting requirements and has experience in risk, corporate governance and financial management. Ms McKenzie's 24 years’ experience includes advising clients in both Australia and Europe - including private and public sector entities.
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