New Director of Academic and Career Advancement

Dr Gayle Allan
BA (Hons) Deakin, Grad Cert. Arts (Cinema Studies) Melb
MA, PhD La Trobe

On behalf of St John’s College, I am delighted to announce that Dr Gayle Allan has been appointed as the new Director of Academic and Career Advancement.

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St John’s College Response to COVID-19

 Tuesday 24th March 2020

In the last week, more than 80% of students at St John’s College within the University of Queensland (UQ) travelled home to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the UQ community.

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New Director of College Experience

I am delighted to announce that Mr Joshua Carter has been appointed to the position of Director of College Experience, and will take up the role on 23rd March 2020.

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St John’s Foundation Drinks

On Sunday night, the Warden, Ms Rose Alwyn welcomed alumni and friends into her home to acknowledge the generosity of the College’s donors and supporters.

A lovely evening with drinks and canapes, the evening also provided the opportunity for the Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Peter Sullivan to speak about the role scholarships play in providing financial assistance as well as recognising academic achievement.

Ms Alwyn added that “bursaries and scholarships provide necessary support to our students, some of whom are first in family to attend university and others who work several jobs over the summer and even during the year to pay their fees”.

Ms Alwyn said that it was her vision to build on the work of previous wardens, most notably, Dr John Morgan who was recently made a member of the Order of Australia.  Ms Alwyn said that the College must continue to offer our students an all-round education that prepares them for their future careers – some of which may not even have been thought of yet and we must provide the facilities of a modern university residential College.  She added that the refurbishments to Annex-Halse and Goodbury buildings sand other projects are vital to ensure that as a College, St John’s remains competitive with its sister institutions and makes its mark positively as an educational institution, into the future.

Ms Alwyn said “the students here bring us inspiration and a sense of purpose, and they go on after graduation prepared and determined to build a better world – and it is by serving them that we serve the whole community”.

In closing, Ms Alwyn said “to all of you here tonight, the College is fortunate that you come and invest in the College and don’t really ask for anything in return – and that leaves us deeply in your debt.”




Parents and family members of 1st Year Residents are warmly invited to attend The St John’s Welcome Garden Party on Thursday 13th of February from 2pm – 4pm.

This is a great opportunity for parents and students to meet one another as well staff and for Ms Rose Alwyn, College Warden to formally welcome you all to the College.


On Monday, St John’s College welcomed two new staff members to its team.

Ms Remy Bamford is the newly appointed Marketing Manager and Ms Melissa Van der Westhuizen is the new Executive Assistant/Reception Officer.

Remy Bamford

Originally from Sydney, Remy completed her Certificate IV in Public Relations at Sydney Institute of Technology before moving to Brisbane to undertake a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at QUT. 

Remy is a creative and highly skilled marketing and communications professional with experience in both an educational and corporate setting.  Starting out as a Marketing Executive for EMI Music in London, Remy returned to Australia to work for a boutique Brisbane based law firm where she created the profile of their brand and establish their marketing strategy.  Her most recent employment was as both Marketing Manager and then Director of Communications at The Springfield Anglican College. During her four years’ tenure at TSAC, she successfully rebranded and developed an integrated marketing strategy to increase brand awareness and increase enrolments which translated to a growth rate of 13% up from 4%.  

In this new and exciting role at St John’s, Remy will prepare and implement a marketing and communication plan aligned with the College’s strategic Plan to ensure that the College attracts and maintains a strong, vibrant and diverse student community.  Remy will develop a full suite of marketing collateral, including leading the development of a new website and prospectus.  We are also excited to roll out a digital and social media marketing strategy.

Remy has a strong capacity to build and maintain relationships and develop key partnerships that produce positive outcomes.  Her experience and understanding of both the education sector, the College’s values and the Anglican ethos, Remy is a welcome addition to the St John’s staff.

Melissa Van der Westhuizen

Melissa has lived the majority of her life in Queensland after moving from South Africa as a child.  She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Griffith University and has recently returned from working in London as a Deputy Accommodation Manager in the student housing sector. 

Prior to this she had various roles at Jetstar Airways, as a Team Leader and acting Manager.  She understands customer service and is passionate about building relationships with colleagues and customers and puts people at ease with her friendly, warm and understanding manner.

Melissa brings a high level of professionalism to this role and her experience in both customer service and student accommodation will see her contribute effectively to our administrative support team as well as provide efficient and effective service to students, parents and all stakeholders. 

In other news, Dianna Fitzgerald has been appointed to the position of Registrar, focusing on admissions and providing support to the Director of College Experience and our Director of Academic and Career Advancement, the Rev’d Dr Ceri Wynne.


Welcome Rose Alwyn

On behalf of the St John’s College Council, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Rose Alwyn as the fourteenth Warden of St John’s College.

The selection process has been thorough and exhaustive, including consideration of both Australian and international high calibre candidates and Ms Alwyn was selected as the outstanding candidate to lead the College through its next phase of development including overseeing a complete review of the College’s corporate governance with due focus on organisational improvements across the board.

Ms Alwyn joins us from St Mark’s College in Adelaide, where she has been Master for 12 years, following on from her five-year tenure as the College’s Dean. Prior to that Rose worked within the human services sector and was involved in a number of public policy advisory committees and held Board directorships in the not for profit sector specialising in strategy, business planning and social justice initiatives and most recently as a Board Director of South Australia’s leading sexual health service SHineSA.

Ms Alwyn is a well-known identity in the tertiary sector and proven leader of the Australian College sector. She is the immediate past president of the peak industry body, University Colleges Australia. 

The Council is delighted to appoint Ms Alwyn, who will foster a dedication to the deep connection between the College and the Anglican Church, while applying her sector-acknowledged depth of experience and professionalism to the management of the College. We are particularly excited to welcome her as the first female Warden in the history of St John’s.

Please join me in congratulating Ms Alwyn on her appointment as Warden of St John’s College.  We are all very much looking forward to working with Ms Alwyn as she leads our College and prepares our resident students for their future.


John Peden QC
Chair of the Council