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BA, MBus, FAICD
Risk Management Committee (Chair)
Sue's association with CGGS began in 1971, joining the School in Year 11 and becoming School Vice Captain in 1972. Her two daughters, Madeleine (2000) and Stephanie (2005) joined the school in 1996. Sue was appointed to the School Board in 2000. She was previously a member and Deputy President of the P&F and President of the Grammarians' Association. Sue runs her own successful secretariat and governance services business, following careers in federal politics and the public service.
Professor Frances Shannon
Board Deputy Chair
BSc (Hons), PhD
Professor Frances Shannon is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Canberra (UC). She previously held the positions of Deputy Director and Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. Professor Shannon ran a successful biomedical research laboratory in Adelaide and Canberra before moving into university leadership positions. Her daughters, Hannah (2007) and Emma (2013) attended CGGS.
BEc (Hons), BA
Finance and Audit Committee; Development, Masterplan and Building Committee
Alan Francis has been a member of the School Board since 2008 and the Gabriel Foundation Limited Board since 2007. Alan and Jayne Francis' three daughters are members of the CGGS community; Laura (2018), Sarah (2014) and Rebecca (2016). Alan worked as a manager and policy analyst in the Department of Finance. He started work in the Department of the Treasury as a graduate and has also worked in the Office of Assets Sales and IT Outsourcing, the Department of Defence and the New Zealand Treasury.
Kerri joined the Board in January 2017. She was previously Chair of the Risk Management Committee. Kerri is currently working with Sir Peter Cosgrove on the BizRebuild Initiative of the Business Council of Australia to assist bushfire impacted businesses. Prior to this, Kerri was the Secretary of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. She spent almost 30 years in the Australian Public Service including as a Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer in the Department of Finance and Deputy Director General for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Kerri has worked in a range of public sector organisations and was originally a journalist. She has degrees in Arts, Economics and Legal Studies and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kerri's daughter, Jordyn (2018) studies at the University of Sydney and her step-daughter Anna, is a civil engineer who also spent part of her schooling at CGGS. With her husband, Dr Brian Fisher, the family loves to ski and spend time on their farm.
Dr Nick Hartland
BA (Hons), PhD
Risk Management Committee
Nick Hartland currently works in Aged Care in the Department of Health. His recent career has focused on improving support for people with disability, their families and carers. Nick has a PhDin Criminology from Melbourne University and a bachelor degree in political science. He is married to Penelope Susan Cottier and has one daughter, Zoe (2018), who attended CGGS. Nick is a keen surfer and the family regularly spends time on the south coast.
BA, Accounting, FICAA
Finance and Audit Committee (Chair)
Cath Ingram joined the Board in February 2016 and was previously the Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for five years. She is a Partner of KPMG where she is the Chair of the Canberra Office and Lead Partner for Federal Government. Cath has one daughter Laura (2009) who attended the school from Grade 5 and a son Brodie (2013) who attended Canberra Grammar School.
MSAA, MAICD, KSJ
Rod Sutherland has qualifications in accounting, finance and financial planning and holds a Master of Stockbroking. He has worked as a Stockbroker in Canberra for over 28 years, establishing Macquarie Bank's Canberra office over 7 years ago. His two daughters Clare (2012) and Jane (2008) attended the School.
The Right Reverend Carol Wagner
B.Th.; Adv.Dip.Min.; Dip.Mus.Ed.; L.T.C.L.
The Right Reverend Carol Wagner is the Assistant Bishop at the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn. She has a Bachelor of Theology from the Sydney College of Divinity. She also completed an Advanced Diploma in Ministry from the Australian College of Ministries. Prior to that she completed a Licentiate in Piano from the Trinity College of Music in London as well as a Diploma in Music Education from the Alexander Mackie CAE in Sydney.
Bishop Carol has had wide experience as a Board member of other Anglican schools in the South Coast, as well as other youth organisations. She has also been a business owner, company director and high school music teacher.
BComm, FCPA, GAICD, MBA
Melanie joined the Board in June 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melanie has held board positions in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors and has over 25 years of strategic, corporate finance and operational management experience in various sectors. Melanie has strong ties with Canberra Girls Grammar School, having previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer at the School.
Andrew joined the Board in 2021. Now retired, his career included Defence helicopter fleet sustainment, working in Ministers’ offices, the Federal response to child abuse in the Northern Territory, Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Federal Police, and Deputy Secretary at Human Services. He was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Andrew served on the Board of Marist College including as Board Chair, and also served as Company Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for Radford College. Andrew was born in Maleny Qld, and is married to Emma (CGGS 1988). They have two adult sons
Bsc, GradDipEd, MSc, MBA (candidate)
Finance and Audit Committee; Development, Masterplan and Building Committee; Risk Management Committee
Anna graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. She went on to complete a Masters of Science with Distinction at Curtin University, an intensive management course at Stanford University and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration. She has extensive experience working in executive and senior management positions in schools. She held the position of Deputy at Brisbane Girls Grammar School for five years before commencing at Canberra Girls Grammar School in January 2019.