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

 

JOHN DAWSON – DEPUTY CHAIR

John has been a member of the board for seven years and is currently the Deputy Chair.

He and wife Kym have had a 20 year association with John Paul College, with three children having attended.

His involvement on committees has included Friends of Rugby for 13 years (President for 10 years);  Friends of Netball for 5 years (President for one year); Friends of Equestrian for five years (Coordinator two years);  Chair of Infrastructure Committee.

John owns an electrical contracting business and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

KEVIN GORDON

Kevin and his wife, Julie, have a daughter who graduated from John Paul College with an International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2014 and two others who are current students.

Reasons that they 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 in separate schools on one green and spacious college campus. For those and more reasons added with the passage of time, they are very pleased they made that choice and they and their children are all proud to be members of the JPC family.

Kevin is a Big4-qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of international post-qualification business experience and over 10 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 (SA); 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

 

DILSHANI WEERASINGHE

Dilshani moved to Brisbane with her partner James Neaum who is a JPC alumnus, and their daughter, six years ago. Now a mother of three, Dilshani values the seamless journey JPC provides its families from Early Education Centre through to Senior School and treasures being a member of the JPC community.

Passionate about the arts and committed to enabling strategic growth in the no-for-profit sector, Dilshani has held senior positions at the Royal Opera House (UK), Sydney Opera House and Brisbane Powerhouse, Bravehearts and is currently Executive Director of Queensland Ballet.

Following on from her first Board position at Youthline Wellington (NZ) in 1995, Dilshani has sat on many Boards in various sectors including child safety, multicultural, broadcasting and performing arts. She is currently a Director of the Carlos Acosta International Foundation (UK) and CB Films (UK), and is passionate about her position on the JPC Board.

Qualifications

BA; Post-Grad Diploma of Arts; Advanced Diploma of Opera Performance; Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

 

LIZ KEEN

Liz and her husband, Gareth, are the parents of current students in the Primary School of 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.

Liz completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand and is 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 e-health infrastructure since June 2011. Liz has completed a Certificate in Governance Practice with the Australian Institute of Governance, the Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and continues to build on these through other education opportunities. Liz joined the Board in 2015 and she is a member of the Governance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Away from work Liz enjoys camping and overseas travel adventures with Gareth and their children. Liz enjoys watching nearly any sport, especially if the kids are involved, and plays netball with a team of John Paul College mums and friends.

 

DOMINIC TAYLOR

Dominic has two daughters at John Paul College; his wife is an alumnus of JPC and was School Vice-Captain.

A Business Strategy, Marketing & Communications Manager with over 15 years’ experience, Dominic is passionate about youth mental health and the importance of giving children a sense of well-being through active participation within healthy communities.

Dominic currently works as a Strategic Projects Manager at Tatts Group.

Dominic was appointed to the Board of Directors of John Paul College in 2015 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

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 10 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 20 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 a member of the Governance Committee.

Qualifications

B.Bus; LLB (Hons); LLM, Acc Spec (Comm.Lit); Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors