The St Hilda’s Foundation was established to bring life changing opportunities to young women, their families and the community.



Meet the Board Members

Mr Luke Henderson - Chair
Mr Heath Hill
Mrs Mia Behlau
Cr Cameron Caldwell
Michael Beddoes
Mr Paul Salter - Executive/ Secretary
Mr Luke Henderson - Chair


Board member since 2018, Chair since 2020.

Luke is a born and bred Gold Coaster. As a licenced real estate agent and auctioneer, he operates the highly successful Professionals Mermaid Beach employing 25 people within his sales and property management business. Luke has sold many of the Gold Coast’s most valuable homes and won some of the industry’s largest awards.

Luke’s hard work and positive reputation have seen him regularly named as one of the Gold Coast’s top 100 most influential people. Being a big supporter of the local community, he is a current board member of Gold Coast Turf Club, Convenor of Nobby Beach Neighbourhood Watch, and is involved in several of the Coast’s Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Mermaid Beach Bowls Club and two Neighbourhood Watch groups.

Luke is passionate about the horse racing and breeding industry, previously being recognised as one of Australia’s 40 most influential under 40. His achievements include part ownership of winners of some of Australia’s greatest horse races including Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Golden Slipper.

Married to Justine, Luke is the proud father of four St Hilda’s girls and is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of the young women of St Hilda’s.

Mr Heath Hill

Board member since 2020

Heath has over 20 years’ experience in the investment industry and is the Managing Partner of the Gold Coast office of Morgans Financial Limited; Australia’s largest national full-service retail stockbroking and wealth management firm.

Prior to moving to the Gold Coast, Heath was a partner in the Townsville office of Morgans, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at James Cook University, where he lectured in personal portfolio management and investment analysis.

Heath is a principal member of the Managed Office Advisory Board (representing the interests of all 60 branches within the Morgans network) and sits on various governance committees within that structure. He is also a former Director of Morgans Philanthropy Limited.

Outside of his involvement with Morgans, Heath is the President and Chairman of the Bond University Rugby Club, a Community Member of Bond University Limited, a member of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation and the former Chairman of the Rainbow Town Early Learning Centre in Robina.

Married to Sarah, Heath has two sons at TSS and a daughter at St Hilda’s and is an active participant and sponsor within both school communities.

Mrs Mia Behlau


Board member since 2020

Mia is a St Hilda’s Foundation board member, holding the position since 2020. Mia is a well-regarded Gold Coast solicitor with 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and is a Partner of a leading Gold Coast Law firm. Mia is known for her professionalism and commercial application to resolving disputes.

As a third generation Gold Coaster, Mia is a passionate supporter of the Gold Coast Community. She sits on the board of Gold Coast Basketball, is the immediate Past President of the Gold Coast District Law Association, former Vice President of Women of Influence and is a regular contributor to stakeholder discussions with the Queensland Law Society. She maintains close ties to Bond and Griffith Universities and contributes by assisting law graduates with their transition into the legal industry.

Mia is a proud mother of three, with two daughters attending St. Hilda’s School and a son who graduated from TSS. She is married to Gold Coast solicitor, Ron Behlau. Mia is passionate about the advancement of education for young women and is committed in her efforts to uphold the philosophy adopted by the St. Hilda’s Foundation.

Cr Cameron Caldwell

Board member since 2020

Cameron is the representative for Division 4 on Gold Coast City Council having been first elected in 2012. Cameron has held the position of Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee for his entire tenure in Council.

Cameron joined the St Hilda’s Foundation in 2020 and is passionate about advancing the initiatives of the Foundation in providing the very best opportunities for learning and in the lives of young women.

Cameron is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and mediator and was admitted to practise law in 2003.

Cameron is married to his wife Lauren, and has two children Mackenzie, who is a student at St Hilda’s, and Clementine.

Michael Beddoes

Board member since 2017

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.

Michael is also a current member of St Hilda’s School Council and is one of two Council representatives on the Foundation Board.

Mr Paul Salter - Executive/ Secretary


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

Appointed as Secretary 2013.

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 focussed 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.



Fit for the Future

Grants and Internships are available to students entering Year 11, made possible by St Hilda’s Foundation in partnership with News Corp, the Gold Coast Suns, QScan and Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Each Grant awards the recipient with the opportunity to complete a 2-week internship; an opportunity to gain valuable experience and assist with the student’s relationship and/or application with the corresponding business after their graduation.

Each Grant includes financial support to assist the successful student’s endeavours, thanks to the generous donors of St Hilda’s Foundation.



St Hilda's Foundation Scholarship

On 5 May 2022 St Hilda’s Foundation held our first ever Giving Day. With the generosity of our community, the help of our matchers and the Foundation, over $207,000 was raised for St Hilda’s Foundation, for the purpose of a Foundation Scholarship.

Your gift has enabled us to enhance a young girl’s life. We are thrilled to announce that we can offer a St Hilda’s Foundation Scholarship to a young woman, that otherwise would not have been able to consider the St Hilda’s experience achievable.

Our inaugural recipient is excited to be joining St Hilda's in Year 10 in 2023.

The St Hilda's Foundation Scholarship provides full remission of tuition fees, entering Year 10. 2024 applications open November 2022.



Events

St Hilda's Foundation, together with our partners and sponsors, host three main events each year.

  • Foundation Race Day
  • Foundation Business Luncheon
  • Foundation Golf Day

Each event is aimed at raising funds to bring life changing opportunities to young women, their families and the community. We invite the St Hilda's School and St Hilda's Foundation community to connect through these events.



Disaster Relief

The St Hilda’s Foundation Disaster Relief initiative was launched to support those in our St Hilda’s community who face great hardship due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters.

In past events, we have provided much-needed support to flood devastated Boarding families. When an event happens we want our community to know support is at hand.

Donations to the St Hilda’s Foundation Disaster Relief help to relieve families of one extra worry by providing invaluable aid so girls can continue their education.