Board of Directors

HELEN WEISSENBERGER – CHAIR

Helen’s association with John Paul College began in 2002 and she has served on many parent committees.  These include Secretary of the Friends of Kindy group, Mayfair Co-Convenor and Treasurer of the Primary School P&F. She is currently Treasurer of the Friends of Performing Arts.

Helen spent the first 15 years of her accounting career in various accounting management positions at Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA). Since leaving this organisation, she has been working as the accountant for the business she co-directs with her husband, Andrew at Hope Island Medical Centre and Homeworld Helensvale Medical Centre.

Her interest in Corporate Governance first began after she left CCA and she has attended Corporate Governance sessions through the CPA Congresses.

After Helen left CCA, she commenced her first Board position in 2005 with Paradise Point Financial Services Ltd. This company is responsible for the operation of four Bendigo Community Banks.

In addition to holding the position of Chair of the John Paul College Board, she is also Treasurer and Director for Australian Teachers’ of Dance.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys going to the theatre, concerts, gym, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

Qualifications:

BComm (Honours); CPA; JP; Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

KEVIN GORDON

Kevin’s three daughters attended John Paul College.

Reasons that he and his wife, Julie, originally chose John Paul College for their children’s education and then bought a house nearby include: the Christian ethos, the choice of academic pathways in the Senior School, the breadth of co-curricular opportunities across all age groups and the fact that John Paul College caters for children from Early Years right through to Year 12 on one green and spacious college campus.

Kevin is a Big4-qualified Chartered Accountant with 25 years of international post-qualification business experience and over 15 years’ corporate governance experience as Council member, Director or Company Secretary of various commercial and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and abroad.

Qualifications

B Com; Hons B Compt; Chartered Accountant; Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

ROBIN MACK

Robin moved from the US to Australia with his wife back in 2007 and is the father of three children. When looking for a home for his family, they came across John Paul College and instantly knew this was the place they wanted their children to go to school.  He is a strong believer in a child’s growth as a whole individual (academic, sport, music, art, etc.) and was happy to find a school that supported his beliefs.

Robin currently works as the Head of Technology, Gaming for Tatts here in Brisbane.  Prior to this Robin was a technology executive for Wotif proceeded by 5 years of technology consulting across Australia.  Back in the US, he had a long professional history in education technology with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the world’s largest education companies out of the US and UK.

Robin has also started several education technology companies in both India and the US. His continued passion for the use of technology in learning is one of the key reasons that he joined the board at John Paul College.  Robin has served on the board for since 2012 and is the current Chair of the Governance Committee.

Qualifications

MBA; BS; Certified Project Manager Practitioner; Graduate Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors; Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Certificate in Governance

ROBERT SIMPSON

After attending John Paul College with his two brothers in the early years of the college, Robert undertook engineering and arts degrees at the University of Queensland.  His professional career has taken him throughout Australia and Europe, returning to Brisbane in 2004.

Robert is a director of a number of companies including deputy chair and chair of the audit and risk committee for Austmine Ltd, managing director of Xenith Infrastructure and Environment Pty Ltd, and a member of METSIgnited Ltd’s board advisory council.  Robert has been a director of John Paul College Ltd since 2012 and is the chair of the board’s infrastructure advisory committee.  During his spare time he leads an infrastructure and environmental consultancy business.

Robert has two daughters at John Paul College, and by the time the youngest graduates, he will have had a 40 year association with the College.

Qualifications

BA; BEng(Hons); RPEQ; GAICD; MAusIMM; MIEAust

LIZ KEEN

Liz and her husband, Gareth, are the parents of current students in Years Five and Seven at John Paul College. Liz values the nurturing and safe environment John Paul College offers with a strong focus on the whole person through extensive arts, sports, academic and spiritual opportunities offered.

Both children take full advantage of the performing arts and sporting opportunities. You may catch Liz on the sideline at rugby, hockey and touch rugby throughout the year; or at a performance or recital evening.

As a Registered Nurse, Liz has led the development of clinical management systems and successful business accreditation to improve safety and effectiveness in clinical practice. Liz has worked in clinical safety and risk management for the National Digital Health Infrastructure since June 2011. Liz currently leads the Clinical Incident Team at the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Liz is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Liz joined the John Paul College Board in 2015 and is a member of the Infrastructure Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Away from work Liz is generally planning the next family travel adventure with Gareth and their children. Liz will watch nearly any sport, especially if the kids, Silver Ferns or the All Blacks are involved!

Qualifications

Bachelor of Nursing Degree in New Zealand; Australian Institute of Company Directors

DOMINIC TAYLOR

Dominic Taylor joined the John Paul College Board as a Non Executive Director in 2015. He currently holds the role of Deputy Chair, Chair of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Outside of the College, Dominic holds the position of Strategic Projects Manager at Tabcorp (formally Tatts Group) a position he has held since 2017. Prior to this role Dominic has held numerous senior marketing and communications roles across various organisations including QSuper, YourTown and Golden Casket Lottery. He also holds a community board member position with the disability care provider FIRST Service Inc. based in Eagleby.

Dominic believes in the importance of giving children a sense of wellbeing through active participation within healthy and safe communities. This belief aligns closely with the values and ethos of John Paul College. Dominic holds a long association with the College, both as a parent and volunteer and with his wife, an alumnus of John Paul College.

Qualifications

B Eng Manufacturing; B Bus Marketing; Associate Diploma Direct Marketing; Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

SCOTT EUSTACE

Scott and his wife Leigh are parents of three current students of John Paul College.  Scott’s association with the College commenced 13 years ago when his eldest child started in Kindergarten.

He is involved with the John Paul College Friends of Cricket group and is a former treasurer of the John Paul College Friends of Tennis group.   Scott is also the treasurer of the Queensland Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.

Scott has 25 years’ experience as a solicitor and is a partner of a firm on the Gold Coast.  He is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation and a nationally accredited mediator.

Scott was appointed to the Board of Directors of John Paul College in 2016 and is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Qualifications

B.Bus; LLB (Hons); LLM, Acc Spec (Comm.Lit); MAICD

PHILIP BERESFORD

Philip was elected as a director of the John Paul College Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and his children Dylan (Year Nine), Natalie (Year Eight) and Liam (Year Five) have attended the College, since 2017. His children have embraced the school taking on leadership roles, achieving academic recognition and partaking in many co-curricular activities including music, netball, swimming and tennis. Philip has been very impressed with the way the school has welcomed the children and provided a great deal of support for them during the transition from previous schools.

For the last thirty years, Philip has worked in Funds Management and Information Technology performing a variety of executive level positions.  He now runs an independent consulting firm advising Superannuation firms and other investment companies on operational controls, risk management and their use of technology.

Philip’s career has given him a wonderful opportunity to live and work in many places in the world including Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and major cities around Australia.  This has broadened his horizons not just from a work point of view but also from a cultural perspective; as well as giving him insight into some of the different educational institutions around the globe.

Philip is a strong believer in giving back to the community that he lives in and demonstrating that same ethos to our children.

Philip is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce, James Cook University, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, International Standards Testing Quality Board Certified Tester and PRINCE2 Practitioner (Project Manager)