PMSA Board

The PMSA is run by a Board of Directors which comprises up to 13 Board members. Up to five Board members are each appointed by the Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church and up to three are directly appointed by the PMSA Board. Each Board member is a volunteer and holds office for three years. Board members are eligible for re-appointment up to a maximum period of nine years.

Board Skills Matrix

The following defines the PMSA’s Board Skills Matrix which outlines the capabilities and experience that the PMSA Board requires and the number of Board members required with specific skills area experience. The Board Skills Matrix is reviewed annually to ensure the Board has a balance of capabilities and experience.

NOTES
# an understanding of and an ability to apply the Christian Worldview to the organisation.
^ 10 years or more board experience and relevant governance qualifications.
* this includes Information Communications Technology (ICT).
~ senior business leaders with high-ranking executive titles e.g. Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer.

Board Member Profiles

  • Mr Greg Adsett 
    B.Arch, RAIA, GAICD

    Greg Adsett is a PMSA Board member to serve his Church and community. He highly values independent education within a Christian context, and has extensive experience in governance on community, school and church boards.

    Appointed the PMSA Chairman in 2017, Greg appreciates the significance of the strategic and operational effectiveness that any project must possess before it can be undertaken.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2011, current term until 2020)
    • Chairman - PMSA
    • Member - PMSA Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
    • Non-executive director - Grammar Early Learning Ltd
    • Registered Architect
    • Director - Elevation Architecture 
    • Member - Australian Institute of Architects
    • Member - Urban Development Institute of Australia
    • Member - Property Council of Australia
    • Graduate - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Dr Anne Bennett

    Dr Anne Bennett 
    MBBS, GAICD

    Anne Bennett has a significant affiliation and great affection for PMSA schools. A former Clayfield College School Captain and Dux of the School, Anne’s now grown children also benefited from the PMSA academic, co-curricular and pastoral programs attending Somerville House and Brisbane Boys’ College.

    Anne has considerable experience in governance on not-for-profit boards in the aged care sector, education and children services.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2011, current term until 2021)
    • Deputy Chairman - PMSA
    • Chairman - Clayfield College School Council
    • Chairman - Clayfield College Foundation
    • Director - Prescare Board
    • Director - Peirson Services Board
    • Trustee - Ann Street Presbyterian Church Trust
    • Medical Practitioner
    • Member - AMA and RACGP 
    • Member - Ann Street Presbyterian Church
    • Graduate - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mr Richard Niessl

    Mrs Margaret Berry 
    BA, MSc, MEd (Leadership), MAICD

    Margaret Berry has been appointed as a Uniting Church representative on the PMSA Board and is currently the Principal at Robertson State School.

    Margaret has a passion for the education of young people and has a long career in the leadership of school communities. Her daughter and sisters attended Somerville House and extended family members attend Brisbane Boys' College. Margaret has worked with school councils for over 10 years.  She has joined the PSMA Board at a time in her career where she feels she can add value and support to the PMSA's work. 

    Margaret has more than 30 years experience teaching in both primary and secondary schools. Since 1998, she has held leadership positions of Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal of secondary schools and current Principal of a primary school. With a Certificate of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education (Leadership), and a Master of Science,  Margaret brings a wealth of educational experience to the PMSA Board.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2021)
    • Member - Somerville House School Council
    • Principal - Robertson State School
    • Member - Queensland State Primary Principals Association
    • President - South Branch Queensland Association for Gifted & Talented Children
    • Member - Queensland College of Teachers
    • Member - Uniting Church Schools Commission
    • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mr Greg Braithwaite

    Greg Braithwaite has a long career in property and business both running his own real estate franchise as well as holding national and international roles for franchise corporate offices.

    Greg brings his strong corporate background in business planning, strategic thinking, human resources, and marketing to the PMSA Board. He also believes his knowledge and experience as a P&F President at St John’s Anglican College for eight years provides him insight to the importance of boards being relevant to a school community.

    Greg is keen to make a contribution in a voluntary capacity. He would like to use his strategic planning expertise to help rebuild the reputation and connections with the school communities and contribute to making the board more relevant to the people within the schools.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2021)
    • Chairman - Church Board Forest Lake Uniting Church
    • Chairperson of Congregation - Forest Lake Uniting Church
    • Member - Bremer Brisbane Presbytery
    • President - P&F Association St John’s Anglican College
    • Licensed Real Estate Agent
    • Member – Real Estate Institute of Queensland
  • Mr Jim Demack

    Mr Jim Demack
    LL.B, LL.M, A.MUS.A, MAICD

    Jim Demack was appointed to the PMSA Board by the Uniting Church and believes strongly in giving back to the community that he is a part of.

    A lawyer and a Brisbane partner of a national law firm, Jim brings his legal skills with experience in major engineering and infrastructure projects, insurance, litigation and commercial law. He has a collaborative approach to problem solving in dealing with the issues that arise for the PMSA Board.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2013, current term until 2021)
    • Chairman - Somerville House School Council
    • Practising solicitor specialising in all aspects of construction law, particularly major engineering and infrastructure projects, insurance and litigation
    • Partner - Gadens Lawyers
    • Member - Legal Reference Committee, Uniting Church Queensland Synod
    • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mr Con Graves 
    BA Hons (Psych), GDipMan, MEd, AMICDA

    With a Master of Education and almost 20 years working as an administrator in post school education, Con Graves is passionate about education. A PMSA-appointed Board member, Con has held positions as a corporate services and technology executive leader with the Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations, a Director of Information Services at Griffith University and currently sits on the management committee of the Wesley Mission’s RTO.

    A retired psychologist, Con brings his extensive experience in strategic leadership, change management and innovation to the PMSA Board.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2017, current term until 2020)
    • Member - Somerville House School Council
    • Retired psychologist
    • Deputy Chair - Wesley Mission Queensland 
    • Associate Member - Institute of Community Directors of Australia
  • Mr Mark Gray
    DUniv, B Econ (Hons), Sf Fin, FAICD

    Mark is an accomplished company director and senior executive, with extensive experience in strategic leadership, financial management, corporate governance and organisational change across corporate, government and community organisations.

    Mark is a member of the PMSA Board and was appointed as Chairman of the Brisbane Boys’ College School Council from January 2019. He has been a member of the School Council since 2015. A BBC Old Collegian, Mark appreciates the benefits of a quality education in a Christian environment. He is keen to promote the mission and the vision of the PMSA through a period of change and renewal.

    Mark has an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University and is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland. He was awarded a Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to banking and finance.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2021)
    • Chairman - Brisbane Boys’ College School Council
    • Fellow - Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australia
    • Chairman - Sugar Terminals Limited
    • Chairman - Queensland Section and Director, Federation Board, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
    • Chairman - Tailored Superannuation Solutions
    • Director - Data#3
    • Director - Q-Pharm
    • Director - Queensland Cricket
    • Former Chief Executive of Queensland Treasury, Queensland Competition Authority, and the Queensland Independent Commission of Audit
    • Former Board roles include Griffith University, Queensland Treasury Corporation, Airtrain Citylink Limited, Queensland Art Gallery, Oaks Hotels and Resorts Limited, Urban Futures Brisbane and Max Frank (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Mr Wayne Knapp 
    PG Cert (Applied Mgt), PG Dip (Bus Admin), PG Cert (Bus Admin)

    Appointed by the Presbyterian Church, Wayne Knapp has more than 20 years experience on not-for-profit boards for both the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches including Chairman of the board roles at the Wesley Hospital Townsville and PresCare. He also served for five years on the St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Board during a time of significant change. He is currently the Chair of the Presbyterian Church Property Board and a member of the Finance and Administration Board.

    Looking forward to the challenge of governance change, Wayne has extensive experience in governance, risk management and leadership on boards.  A former police officer retiring as an Inspector, Wayne is currently in a policy development and administration role for the Presbyterian Church ensuring denominational compliance to Work Health and Safety and Child Safety legislation.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2021)
    • Member - Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council
    • Retired police officer
    • Chairman - Property Board, Presbyterian Church of Queensland 
    • Member - Finance and Administration Board, Presbyterian Church of Queensland
  • Mrs Helen Murray

    Mrs Helen Murray 
    Grad Cert IT, BNr, RN, MHN, MACN, MACMHN, MAICD

    Helen Murray is a Chief Information Officer and is passionate about providing high quality education in a Christian environment. After winning several IT awards, Helen’s interest in giving back to the community was ignited.

    Being a board director with IT experience, Helen is inspired by the impact of technology upon the education environment and the role of digital disruption in ensuring the youth of today are ready for tomorrow.

    She is driven by the challenge of equity of access for rural and remote communities to technology and services available in the city. Helen spends a lot of her working life in outback Queensland and understands the many challenges that living on the land poses for some of our PMSA families and is a strong advocate for our rural and remote students. 

    Helen has more than 30 years’ national and international experience in health, rural and remote service delivery, technology, government, program management and governance.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2014, current term until 2020)
    • Member - Clayfield College School Council 
    • Director - Clayfield College Foundation
    • Practising Registered Nurse
    • Member - Australian College of Nursing
    • Member - Australian College of Mental Health Nursing
    • Member - Women in Technology
    • Member - Women on Boards
    • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Winner, 2011 Women in IT Award | Professional
    • Winner, 2014 Women in IT Award | Outstanding ICT Achievement
    • 2014 Women in IT | ICT Ambassador
  • Mr Morgan Parker
    LL.B, GAICD

    Morgan Parker’s association with PMSA Schools spans more than three decades. He attended Brisbane Boys’ College, his sister attended Somerville House and his daughter is a current Somerville House student.  

    Professionally, Morgan has a 25 year career as an institutional real estate investor, developer and banker, completing 65 projects in nine countries.  He is a recognised philanthropist and has served and continues to serves on many boards including commercial, not-for-profit and trade organisations.

    Morgan’s passion for PMSA schools’ long standing traditions and PMSA’s role in educating young men and women of significance is evident.  He is deeply committed to the PMSA’s mission and preserving the PMSA legacy as the important foundation of the schools.

    Morgan is also dedicated to community service as a philanthropic adventurer, motivational speaker, author, television host and executive producer of the National Geographic Channel documentary series "Wheel2Wheel".
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2021)
    • Graduate - Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Board Member – SunCentral
    • Board Member – GARDA Capital Group
    • Advisory Board Member - UbiPark
  • Professor Emeritus Jennifer Radbourne
    CertTeach, ATCL, LSDA, BA, MA, PhD, GAICD

    Jennifer Radbourne is a retired academic and current community member of the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council. Jennifer has held teaching and management positions in the Faculty of Business at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Most recently, she was Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University in Melbourne.

    Jennifer is a graduate of the AICD and has held board positions over 35 years in state and non-profit arts organisations in Queensland. She is also a current member of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and chair of the SCGS Foundation.

    Jennifer is keen to bring her knowledge of management in an educational institution to the PMSA. Her arts background, balanced by several years in a business faculty, gives her a creative edge in thinking and leading in contemporary governance.  She has published in relationship marketing, non-profit governance, strategic management, curriculum development and teaching and learning. Jennifer also has a strong interest in international students, having managed a business program in Hong Kong and taught and recruited students in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2018, current term until 2019)
    • Chairman – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council
    • Chairman – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Foundation
    • Member - Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board
    • Retired academic
    • Graduate - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mr Greg Skelton

    Mr Greg Skelton 
    B Bus (Accounting), MBA (Strategy), CPA, MAICD

    Passionate about the provision of quality Christian education, Greg Skelton was appointed to the PMSA Board to support the mission and vision of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland through their ministry of education.

    Greg’s impressive reputation is backed by his finance and logistics background. Also CEO of PresCare, he brings leadership, financial and accounting skills, and strategic management skills to the PMSA Board.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2015, current term until 2020)
    • Chairman - PMSA Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
    • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors 
    • Certified Practising Accountant
    • Member - Finance & Administration Board of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland
    • Chief Executive Officer - Prescare
  • Mr Kevin Standish

    Mr Kevin Standish

    Kevin Standish has long-standing connection with PMSA schools and with the Presbyterian Church. His two daughters attended Clayfield College and he was grateful for their excellent education. When approached to become a PMSA Board member, Kevin was pleased to have the opportunity to give back and allow others to experience the opportunities his daughters experienced.

    A practising commercial solicitor for 40 years, Kevin is now retired and holds several senior board positions and brings his governance, legal and corporate expertise to the PMSA Board.
     

    • PMSA Board member (first appointed 2010, current term until 2020)
    • Member - Brisbane Boys' College School Council
    • Lawyer; former practising solicitor 
    • Director - Bridgeport Energy Limited
    • Director - Queensland Bulk Handling Pty Ltd
    • Member - Albion Rotary Club
    • Vice-Chairman - Committee of Management at Scots Presbyterian Memorial Church, Clayfield