St Hilda’s School is a Diocesan-owned school, the governing body of the school is Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council Members

St Hilda's School is a Diocesan owned school which is established under the School's Regulation Canon. As such, the governing body is Diocesan Council. It is from this relationship that the school takes its corporate status.

The members of Diocesan Council are:

The Most Reverend Jeremy Greaves KCSJ (Chair)

The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

The Right Reverend John Roundhill

The Reverend Canon Nicole Colledge

The Venerable Geoffrey Hoyte

The Reverend Dr Rodney Wolff

The Reverend Dr Ceridwen Wynne

Ms Jennifer Basham

Ms Amy Norman

Mr Dan O’Connor OAM

Judge Kevin Lapthorn

The Hon Justice Debra Mullins AO (Chancellor)

Mr David Sneesby

The Reverend Adam Lowe

Diocesan Council delegates certain governance functions to the School Council via the school’s Charter. In circumstances where the directors of the governing body must be provided with a report about sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse the Diocesan Council has, pursuant to Section 366B of the Education (General Provisions) Act, delegated that role to the Executive Director, Anglican Schools Commission.

School Council Members

St Hilda’s School is owned by the Diocese of Brisbane and the School Council is appointed by the Archbishop in Council.

The major functions of the School Council are the appointment of the School Principal, the annual budget and school policy. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Principal, acting in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Catherine O’Sullivan – Chair
The Reverend Dan Talbot - Deputy Chair
Mrs Debbie Buckley
Ms Samantha Hogan
Mr Michael Beddoes
Mrs Margaret Grummitt
Mr Nick Ryan
Mr Paul Salter - Secretary/Director of Operations
Mrs Virginia Warner – Principal
Catherine O’Sullivan – Chair

Adjunct Professor (USQ), EMPA (ANZSOG) DipEd, BA (UNE)

Ms Catherine O’Sullivan – Chair

Appointed to School Council - 2023.

Catherine holds a Masters in Public Policy, Government from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG); and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, English and History from the University of New England.

As the School Council Chair, Catherine brings her wealth of experience, strategic mindset, and unwavering commitment to innovation to benefit the school community. Her commercial acumen and entrepreneurial spirit open new avenues for growth and development, ensuring that the school remains at the forefront of education.

Catherine's tireless dedication to empowering students, parents, and educators to achieve their full potential drives her leadership style. Her ability to inspire others, coupled with her inclusive approach, fosters a sense of purpose and collaboration within the school community.

Catherine served as Executive Director of Schools for the Toowoomba region where she was responsible for leading the performance of 35 Schools. As Assistant Director-General at the state’s Department of Primary Industries, she led the delivery of regional services across QLD. Catherine moved to working for the Federal government as the Queensland State Manager of the Commonwealth for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This role included leadership of the delivery of employment programs, indigenous education, school funding, TAFE funding and University performance across QLD.

In 2013 she joined Bond University as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, which included Indigenous education, sport, and women’s education as key areas of the portfolio.

With Catherine O'Sullivan as the School Council Chair, we can look forward to a transformative, student-centered, and future-focused learning environment. Her nationally recognized expertise, passion for education, and remarkable achievements make her the ideal leader to steer our school community towards a bright and successful future.

The Reverend Dan Talbot - Deputy Chair

B. Bus (M’Mnt & Mkt), GradDipTheology, MArts(Theology)

Appointed to School Council 2012.

Fr Dan Talbot has been the Priest in Charge at the Anglican Parish of Jimboomba since 2007, having previously served as Assistant Priest at the Anglican Parish of Surfers Paradise from 2004-2007. He is also the Pastor to Emmaus College, Part-time Police Chaplain Logan District, and Area Dean of Logan.

Fr Dan serves as the Archbishop’s Nominee on St Hilda’s School Council.

Mrs Debbie Buckley

Appointed to School Council 2018.

Debbie is an Old Girl who attended St Hilda’s for 11 years before a career in nursing and general practice management. She married John Buckley at St Hilda’s School Chapel in 1985 and has four children, the girls attending St Hilda’s and the boys TSS. After working in General Practice for 25 years, Debbie now has her own businesses Your Life My Time and Downsized Living where she supports professional women and manages the relocation of elderly retirees.

Debbie was involved with the Old Girls' Association as Vice President and then President for 10 years, retiring in 2015. Debbie is a passionate St Hilda’s Old Girl and has been honoured to serve on the School Council since 2018.

Ms Samantha Hogan

BCom(Accounting), BProperty(Valuation)

Appointed to School Council 2022.

Samantha is a St Hilda's Old Girl and is currently the Program Manager for Scheduled Care and Contracts for the Division of Surgery and Critical Care at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, where her role involves providing strategic, managerial and analytical support to the General Manager of the division across various health agendas, including the Clinical Subcontracting (Outsourcing) program for the health service, elective surgery waitlist management and project management.

Samantha earned her degrees in Commerce (Accounting) and Property and Sustainable Development (Property Valuation) from Bond University and worked initially as a Senior Accountant at KPMG prior to moving towards financial and data analyst roles in both the private and public healthcare sectors in Queensland.

In addition to her day job, Samantha is a keen artist and illustrator, and started her small business ‘Samantha Hogan Illustration’ in 2020 to honour her creative passions. Choosing to use predominantly pencils and pigmented inks, her style is a contemporary blend between fashion and realism with a fun and flirty energy becoming a central theme of her work. She aims to capture special moments in life via bespoke commission-based artworks for individuals, commercial partnerships, and live event illustrations. Samantha is inspired by bold, creative individuals, fashion, travel and current affairs.

Mr Michael Beddoes

Appointed to School Council 2009. Reappointed 2021.

Michael graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with First Class Honours and has been working with his clients for close to 30 years providing accounting, taxation and financial planning advice.

Michael has been a Partner of MBA since its inception in 2001 and during this time he has seen long-term growth in this business. His client base is diverse and covers many different types of businesses, industries and professions.

With a special interest in self-managed superannuation funds and retirement planning, he enjoys developing strategies to help clients manage their funds and meet their retirement goals.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys surfing, watching his favourite NRL team, the Canterbury Bulldogs and hanging with his favourite four-legged friend, Elli.

Mrs Margaret Grummitt

Appointed to School Council - 2023

Margaret is a retired Police Senior Sergeant having spent 30 years mainly stationed on the Gold Coast. Her career was spent serving in PCYC, Juvenile Aid areas and Crime Prevention ending up as the Domestic Violence Prosecutor at Southport. She was St Hilda’s and TSS’s Adopt a Cop for many years.

Margaret served 12 years in the Gold Coast City Council as a Councillor then in retirement was appointed the Qld Consul General for the Philippines, a voluntary position she held for 6 years. Margaret comes with a wealth of experience in community engagement both as a police officer and as a city councillor.

She has held the position of President of Parkwood Rotary twice and represented Australian Rotary studying juvenile crime trends in both Illinois and Scotland and has been awarded with two Paul Harris Fellowships.

Margaret is a keen sportswoman gaining a Gold Medal in NSW Masters Games in the woman’s quad rowing also awarded medals in netball and yachting. She is Patron of the Labrador Community Garden, Men’s Shed Labrador and is currently the President of the Labrador Senior Citizens Centre.

Mr Nick Ryan

Appointed to School Council - 2023

Nick Ryan is an experienced CEO, governance professional and senior executive with 30 years’ experience leading and advising organisations including aged and community care, charities, government, youth services and education.

In 2019 Mr Ryan joined Lutheran Services as CEO. Lutheran Services provides over 1100 aged care beds, four hundred independent living units and disability, mental health, and domestic violence services for more than 5,000 people and employing 1,800 staff.

From 2014 to 2018 he was CEO of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, the statutory regulator responsible for the quality and compliance of all Commonwealth funded aged care for 1.3 million older Australians.

Mr Ryan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, a graduate of the University of Divinity and a graduate of the University of Canberra.

Mr Paul Salter - Secretary/Director of Operations

GradCertMgmtTech, GradDipMgmtTech, A/DipBusAcc, MPM, GCertTh, GAICD, GMC(Bond)

Appointed as Secretary 2011.

Paul Salter is the Director of Operations at St Hilda’s School and Secretary of the School Council. He is also the Executive Officer/Secretary of the St Hilda’s Foundation and Executive Officer of Carey Lane Early Learning Centre.

Paul has worked in Senior Executive roles for almost 30 years, with extensive experience in managing medium to large, multifaceted organisations in a range of industries including education, local government, and private sector utilities. His areas of expertise have focused on Governance, Strategy, Finances, Legal, Risk, Project Management, Change Management, and Culture.

With an outstanding ability to think critically, strategically and systematically to evaluate and solve complex problems, he has a proven track record of achieving project deliverables.

Married to Natalie, he has two adult children and one grandson.

Mrs Virginia Warner – Principal

BEd (PE, Tech), DipEd, MTM, Grad Cert Th, GAICD