Council & Governance
The College of St John the Evangelist, known as St John’s College is founded as an Anglican College within The University of Queensland.
The Council meets at least three times within the calendar year and governs the affairs of the College and provides for the maintenance and protection of the property. In addition, determine, after consultation with the Warden, the College budgets, provide approval of financial reports and the audited accounts of the College.
It also advises as to the conduct of the College and the welfare of its students.
St John’s College Council consists of the following members:
The Most Reverend Dr Phillip J Aspinall (Archbishop of Brisbane) | B Sc (Univ of Tas); Grad Dip RE (BCAE); BD (Hons) (MCD); PhD (Monash Univ); MBA (Deakin Univ)
He was Deaconed in 1988 and Priested in 1989 in the Diocese of Tasmania. He was the Assistant Curate at St Mark’s, Launceston from 1988-1989; Assistant Priest at Brighton from 1989-1991; Priest at Bridgewater/Gagebrook from 1991-1994, Director of Anglicare Tasmania from 1994-98; and the Church/Society 1997-1998.
Dr Aspinall was consecrated Bishop on St Peter’s Day, 29 June 1998 in St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide by the Archbishop of Adelaide (George), assisted by the Bishops of Willochra (McCall), Tasmania (Newell), the Assistant Bishop of Melbourne (Curnow) and Bishops Challen, Smith and Jerrim. He was the Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Adelaide from 1998-2002, the Elected Archbishop of Brisbane on 12 November 2001 and (Installed in St John’s Cathedral on 2 February 2002).
Archbishop Phillip is the current Abp Metropolitan Province of Queensland since 2002, was the Elected Primate of Australia in 2005 and the Re-elected Primate from 23 October 2008 until 4 July 2014.
He is a Member of the Standing Committee of the Primates’ Meeting of the Anglican Communion, a past Member of the Anglican Consultative Council (ex-officio) from 2007-2010 and the current chair of the General Synod Ecumenical Affairs Commission since 2016.
Mr John Peden QC (Chair)
Mr Hamish Bonifant | BEcon (UQ)
Mr Hamish Bonifant graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Economics in 1989.
Hamish has been an active member of the St John’s College community since the late ‘80s, having spent three years as a resident and an undergraduate. In that time, he held the roles of Student Club Executive Social Convener and President of the St John’s College Surf Life Saving Club. Hamish’s time at St John’s College enriched his life greatly that he felt compelled to give back.
Hamish has been an Old Johnians’ Association (OJA) committee member for over twenty years and served as its treasurer and president. He joined the College Council in 2014 as one of the OJA nominees. He is also a current St John’s College Foundation board member.
When not serving the College, Hamish is a successful stockbroker at Ord Minnett, a position he has held since 1996. Hamish is the proud father of three girls and husband to a loving wife, who he met whilst they both attended separate Colleges. Hamish hopes one day that his daughters will have the opportunity to join the esteemed St John’s College within The University of Queensland.
Dr Alan Campbell
Dr Campbell has served as a Director on the Board of St John’s College, within the University of Queensland since 2017 and, among other qualifications, holds a Bachelor of Arts from UQ.
Alan has broad experience, and extensive qualifications, as a teacher, school leader, director and manager in the education profession.
Following a number of teaching and leadership roles in schools throughout Queensland, Alan commenced in the role of Headmaster of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) on 1 January 2014.
Beyond his role as Headmaster of Churchie, Alan is a Director on the Board of Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), the peak state body for the independent schools’ sector providing advocacy, support and governance to some 213 member schools throughout Queensland.
Alan is a Past Chairman and Treasurer of the Greater Public Schools (GPS) of Queensland – a nine-member association of some of the oldest schools in Australia. Alan has also developed philanthropic experience in the education profession as a Director of the Churchie Foundation.
Alan believes that education should inspire young people to use their knowledge, talents and gifts to enthusiastically lead and serve others in local, national and global communities. A deep interest in lifelong learning, human motivation and performance, and teacher and school development, led Alan to complete postgraduate study in Masters and Doctoral programs.
This work has been complemented, more recently, with programs in school leadership at Harvard University and theology at St Francis Theological College, Brisbane. Alan has held a number of other honorary positions on working parties and committees in the Anglican Schools Commission of the Diocese of Brisbane and the Australian College of Educators. He holds memberships in the International Baccalaureate Organisation – (IB), the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the latter of which he is a graduate.
Ms Kate Charters | AGIA, ACIS, MAICD
Ms Kate Charters is a Director of Management Solutions (Qld), a professional development and training company with a particular focus on regional public policy issues and their implementation. She is a founding member of Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia, (SEGRA), recognised as the most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia.
Kate is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Institute of Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University.
With extensive experience at senior levels of government in both service delivery and policy development roles, Kate has a strong interest and understanding of the interaction of government, business, the non-government sector and the community in shaping and responding to public policy agendas.
Kate also has a strong background in corporate governance and is an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaires and Administrators as well as the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kate expresses her pleasure to be involved in supporting St John’s College as a place of learning and spiritual growth formation for our leaders of tomorrow.
Mr Robert Jones | BCom (UQ), CA, FINSIA
Mr Robert Jones joined the Council in February 2018 having recently retired from the global advisory firm – KPMG, where he was Chairman of the Queensland practice. In addition to the Council, he serves on a number of Advisory Boards and In August 2018, Rob was appointed to the Ipswich City Council Interim Management Committee by the Queensland Government to assist and advise the Interim Administrator until Council elections are held in March 2020.
Rob completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Queensland in 1977. He joined KPMG the following year and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. He is also a Fellow of FINSA (The Financial Services Industry of Australia) and has over 40 years of experience in the professional services industry.
During his career, Rob specialised in the Financial Services, Industrial Markets and Mining industries. Rob spent 2 years in London as a partner in the UK Financial Services Group from 1997 to 1999. He worked across a number of different areas within the firm including Audit, Deals Advisory, Corporate Recovery and CFO Advisory. His client involvement was primarily in the public company space focussing on Assurance to Boards and Audit Committees, governance processes, regulatory compliance, acquisition and vendor due diligence, IPO’s and capital raisings.
Throughout his leadership roles at KPMG, Rob spent much of his time building resilient a high performing culture, focussed on the development of people both professionally and personally, and relationships in the business environment. He believes the College provides an outstanding environment for academic, personal and spiritual growth and he would like to make a contribution through his experience.
Rob is married with 2 children (both of whom attended UQ). He was (at a much younger age) a keen sportsman playing both club Rugby and Cricket in Brisbane.
Mr Cameron Mana
Professor George D. Mellick
Mr George Mellick is Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the School of Environment and Science, at Griffith University in Queensland.
An alumnus of The University of Queensland and an Old Johnian, George graduated with a PhD (in the field of Medicine) in 1996. As an undergraduate, he served on the St John’s College Student Club Executive as President 1989 and Vice-President in 1988. As a postgraduate spent many years tutoring chemistry and biochemistry in the College. Since graduating, George has been an active member of the Old Johnian’s Association and is a past President of the Association.
George is dedicated to transforming lives through education. He is an interdisciplinary scientist and a Research Leader in the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD). His research focuses on the causes and treatments for Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He has authored a vast number of research publications and is a regularly sought-after reviewer for International Granting Agencies, Advisory Groups and Research Journals. In addition, George has, for many years, been an advocate for people affected by neurological disease and is currently the President of Parkinson’s Queensland and Vice-President of Parkinson’s Australia.
Mr Swain Roberts
Mr Swain Roberts is the Senior Legal Officer of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). He is a lawyer and governance professional with more than 30 years of legal experience, nationally and internationally, with significant experience in the higher education and health sectors.
Swain graduated from The University of Queensland in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Business (Not for Profit Studies).
After being admitted as a solicitor in Queensland, Swain worked overseas and with leading international law firm, Linklaters, for 17 years, with the last 11 years as a Capital Markets Partner based in Singapore.
Before joining USC in mid-2016, Swain worked as a Special Counsel in McCullough Robertson’s Social Infrastructure Group, providing advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations, particularly in respect to tax-related funding structures.
Swain has also been involved in a range of community organisations, as follows:
- Director, Sundale Ltd (since 2017)
- Council Member, St. Johns College within The University of Queensland (since 2010)
- Co-Chair, Social Investment Measurement Network Australia (SIMNA) (Qld Chapter) (2015-2018)
- Director, Australia Singapore Business Association Queensland (2015 – 2018)
- Director, Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland (2014 – 2017)
- Director, Alzheimer’s Australia Gold Coast (2015 – 2017)
- Director, Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (2016 – 2018)
- Director, Buderim Foundation (2010 – 2015)
- President, Sunshine Coast Grammar School Parents & Friends (2013 – 2015)
- Founding co-Chair, Buderim Dementia Alliance (since 2018)
Dr Jane Williamson| B.Econ, B.A, M.A, PhD
Dr Jane Williamson is retired but she had a long and successful career in Education. She began as a part-time teacher in Economics (Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School) and Politics (Queensland Institute of Technology). Jane subsequently became an academic at Brisbane College of Advanced Education and then at the Queensland University of Technology, where she undertook teaching and research within the Humanities, as well as providing leadership of her Faculty and her Campus at Carseldine. In 2008, she left Brisbane to take up the post of Principal of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney where she remained until 2013.
As an undergraduate at The University of Queensland, Jane did not attend a residential college but she had lots of friends who did and she was deeply impressed with the benefits that college life bestowed upon its residents. Once she became a Principal of a residential college, she sought to enhance and promote these benefits. More particularly, she was, and remains, committed to promoting academic excellence, enriching the student experience, supporting diversity and inclusion, and building meaningful connections with the professions and the community – including alumni.
Jane has been a member of the St John’s College Council since January 2014 and, in 2016, she joined the St John’s College Foundation. As a member of the College’s Scholarships and Bursaries Committee, she has worked to ensure that the College has a comprehensive system of awards which supports and rewards its residents across their academic, sporting, cultural and leadership activities.