Governance & Leadership

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at The Rockhampton Grammar School is responsible for the governance of the School and oversees its strategic direction, while ensuring the values of the School are upheld.

Brad Beasley

Board Chairman

Mark Birkbeck

Board Member

Debbie Clayton AM

Board Member

Regina Connell

Board Member

Lee Di Milia

Board Member

Jill South

Board Member

Josie Volck

Board Member

The Board comprises of eight (8) members (Trustees) appointed by the Queensland State Governor in Council, of whom four (4) are members nominated by the Minister for Education, three (3) are elected by qualified donors to the School and one (1) additional member as nominated by the Minister. Only persons listed on the Register of Donors and Subscribers are eligible to nominate for election as a Trustee and vote in the election. Trustees serve the School on a voluntary basis.

The Rockhampton Grammar School Trustees bring a wide breadth of knowledge across a variety of fields and industries including law, academia, business, health, agriculture and international relations. 

The Rockhampton Grammar School Board of Trustees was first constituted on 4 October 1878. The Board operates under the Grammar Schools Act 2016 and is a Statutory Body of the Queensland Government, within the meaning given in the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and is subject to audit by the Queensland Audit Office. The Minister for Education is responsible for the administration of the Grammar Schools Act 2016. 

The Board members currently are:

Mr. B. V. R. Beasley (Chairman) – Subscriber Member

Mr. M. J. Birkbeck (Deputy Chairman) – Subscriber Member

Emeritus Professor D. J. Clayton AM – Nominee of the Minister

Mrs R. Connell – Nominee of the Minister

Dr. V. Di Milia – Nominee of the Minister

Mr. D. Robertson – Nominee of the Minister

Dr. J. South – Nominee of the Minister

Mrs. J. M. Volck – Subscriber Member

Election Information

The following information provides an explanation of some of the procedures for an election.

The School is constituted under the Queensland Grammar Schools Act 2016, (the Act). Overall responsibility for the management and control of the School is vested in the Board of Trustees appointed under the Act.

Only persons listed on the Register of Donors and Subscribers are eligible to nominate for election as a Trustee and to vote in the election. Trustees serve the School on a voluntary basis.  To be entered on the register and be eligible to vote in an election, a person needs to have donated or subscribed $50.00 or more to the School.

Amendments to the Act in 2004 changed the voting eligibility so that donations received after 1 January 2005 will only entitle the donor to vote in the electoral cycle immediately following that donation.  Donors to the School prior to that date are entitled to vote in all future elections. The most recent electoral cycle was 22 June 2017 to 24 March 2022.
To register as a subscriber, please complete the Registration as a Donor or Subscriber form and return it with your payment of at least $50.00 to the School, or register and make your payment online (please select "Donations and Appeals"). Donations can also be made with cash or through the EFTPOS facilities at the School Office. As donations are deposited to the Education Fund or Building Fund, amounts of $2.00 or more will be tax deductible.

The donated monies will be used by the Board to help fund the 1881 Endowment programme, or the School building development programme (as indicated by the donor).

The present Board’s term of appointment expires on 5 September 2022.  The results of the 2022 election are yet to be approved by the Minister. 

If you would like more information about the Board of Trustees and the election of the Subscriber Trustees, please contact Board Secretary, Karryn Johnson, email - boardsecretary@rgs.qld.edu.au.

2022 Board Elections

Four (4) nominations were received for the three (3) available subscriber member positions.  Following a ballot, the successful nominees are:

Mr. B. V. R. Beasley
Mr. M. J. Birkbeck
Mrs. J. M. Volck

The 2022 election process is at the stage of seeking the Minister’s acceptance of nominated members.