Board member profiles

Sue Hart


Board Chair

Risk Management Committee (Chair); Executive Committee

Sue's association with CGGS began in 1971, when she joined the School in Year 11 and became School Vice-Captain in 1972. Her two daughters, Madeleine (2000) and Stephanie (2005) joined CGGS in 1996. She currently has three granddaughters enrolled in the School. Sue was appointed to the School Board in 2000. She was previously Deputy President of the Parents & Friends Association, 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

BSc (Hons), PhD

Board Deputy Chair

Professor Shannon is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Canberra and has held previous positions of Deputy Director and Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. Before moving into university leadership positions, she ran successful biomedical research laboratories in both Adelaide and Canberra. Her daughters Hannah (2007) and Emma (2013) both attended CGGS.

Alan Francis

BEc (Hons), BA

Finance and Audit Committee; Development, Masterplan and Building Committee

Alan has been a member of the Schoool Board since 2008 and on the Gabriel Foundation Limited Board since 2007. Alan's three daughters, Laura (2018), Sarah (2014) and Rebecca (2016), are members of the CGGS community. Alan started his career as a graduate in the Department of the Treasury and has also worked in the Office of Assets Sales and IT Outsourcing, the Department of Defence, the New Zealand Treasury, and as a manager and policy analyst for the Department of Finance.

Kerri Hartland


Kerri joined the Board in January 2017. She was previously Chair of the Risk Management Committee.

Kerri is currently a Principal Advisor at Proximity. She formerly worked with Sir Peter Cosgrove on the BizRebuild Initiative of the Business Council of Australia to assist bushfire-impacted businesses. Prior to this, she 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 General for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Originally a journalist, Kerri has worked in a range of public sector organisations. She has degrees in Arts, Economics and Legal Studies, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kerri is married to Brian and their daughters Jordyn (2018) and Anna (2003) both attended the School.

Dr Nick Hartland

BA (Hons), PhD

Risk Management Committee

Nick works in the field of aged care for the Department of Health, focusing on improving support for people with disability, their families and carers. Nick has a PhD in Criminology from Melbourne University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He is married to Penelope Susan Cottier and their daughter, Zoe (2018), attended CGGS. Nick is a keen surfer and the family regularly spends time on the south coast.

Cath Ingram

BA, Accounts, FICAA

Finance and Audit Committee (Chair); Executive Committee

Cath 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, Chair of the Canberra office, and Lead Partner for the Federal Government. Cath has two children - her son Brodie and her daughter Laura (2009), who attended CGGS from Year 5.

Rod Sutherland

B. Com (Otago), Dip FinPlan (Deakin), MSAA, MAICD, KSJ

Rod joined the School Board in 2013, after previously serving as a member of the Gabriel Foundation Board. He has also been Chairman of both the Anglican Investment and Development Fund, and The Diocesan Schools Commission. He has qualifications in accounting, finance and financial planning, and holds a Master of Stockbroking. He has worked as a stockbroker in Canberra for over 37 years, initially at JB Were & Son, before establishing both Macquarie Bank's and Shaw and Partners Canberra offices. He is married to Ladner and they have two daughters, Jane (2008) and Clare (2012), who both attended the School since Year 3.

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 and 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.

Melanie Andrews


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.