Meet The School Council
Mrs Elizabeth Gillam
Elizabeth's association with Glennie started in 1999 with the enrolment of her first daughter and continued until her third daughter graduated in 2009.
Elizabeth is presently the Director of Franchisee Success, where she mentors franchisees and small business owners to improve their profitability and productivity. She utilises her significant experience and knowledge gained from operating three franchised food businesses in the Grand Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba.
For her business and operational excellence, Elizabeth has been recognised by the Franchise Council of Australia. She holds an MBA in Leadership and is a JP (Qual). Elizabeth brings to The Glennie School Council, extensive governance experience gained by working on Councils and Boards at State and federal government level.
Previously, Elizabeth held the position of Senior Accountant with a Toowoomba based accounting Firm and as owner / operator of a profitable grain and peanut growing business in Clifton, in partnership with her husband Arthur.
Elizabeth’s three ‘Glennie Old Girls’ have been awarded University Degrees and are successfully fulfilling the School’s vision of All She Can Be®, working in their chosen fields.
Mrs Kim Cohen
BSc, HDipEd, MEd (Leadership)
Mrs Kim Cohen was appointed Principal of The Glennie School in 2017 and as such is an ex-officio member of the Glennie School Council and member of and advisor to the Finance and Facilities Committee and Audit and Risk Committee of Council.
In 1988 Kim began her teaching career in South Africa and in 2005 moved to Queensland. Since then, Kim has held leadership positions at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Lourdes Hill College and the position of Deputy Principal at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School prior to accepting the role of Principal at The Glennie School.
Ms Jane Harbison
Deputy Chair, Member - Finance Committee
Jane grew up in Texas, Queensland on her family’s mixed farming/grazing property. After completing her BBus (Acc), Jane began her accounting career in the cotton industry in Northern NSW.
A member of Council since 2007, Jane has held various management roles in the UK and Australia, and brings 20 years of commercial experience to the Council including her former position of Managing Director of BusinessNAV Pty Ltd, a management systems and software company. She also brings her experiences as a past boarding student at Glennie and is a member of the Glennie Old Girls Association.
Jane is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s, Ethics in Leadership program. She resides in Brisbane, Queensland
Dr Sian Ford
Member - Audit and Risk Committee
Dr Ford was appointed to Council on 1 November 2012. Trained in the United Kingdom, Sian was practicing as a solo GP in Charleville in Far South West Queensland for a number of years prior to the devastating March 2010 flood. Additionally, she worked for the RFDS providing female GP services. A Director of Rural Health for over 4 years and Southern Queensland Rural Division of General Practice for 7 years prior, Sian has experience in Health Programming, Not For Profit organizations, Audit and Risk, corporate governance and training health professionals.
Formerly a Ministerial appointment to the Charleville and District Community Health Council, Sian is presently practising as a GP in Toowoomba whilst also enjoying the challenge of operating a family business in Charleville. Sian was nominated in the 2012 QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards for her business skills.
Sian and her husband Nick have 2 daughters and a son, all of whom are enjoying the wonderful educational, sporting and cultural opportunities afforded in Toowoomba.
Dr Ann Dashwood
Member - Diocesan Council Representative, Audit and Risk Committee
Dr Dashwood was appointed to Council on 1 January 2013. Ann has previously served on Council from 1986 to 1997.
Ann is an elected member of the Diocesan Council and nominated member of the Ministry Education Commission of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. She has a long association with The Glennie School stemming from a passion for teaching languages and particularly in support of French language learning and from her earlier appointment to the School Council.
As a Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, she designs and teaches Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses at Masters level and for pre-service educators in the Bachelor of Education and also supervises candidates for the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Philosophy. Her doctorate, Third turn as a teachable moment in foreign language pedagogy, studied student-teacher classroom interactions. She is co-Editor and writer of two books; Language, Culture and Social Connectedness and Producing pedagogy: Developing an institutional approach to learning and teaching.
Mr David Russell
Member - Finance Committee
Grad. Cert. Business (Automotive Dealership Management)
Diploma of Business (Frontline management)
David is a lifelong resident of Toowoomba and presently holds the position of Dealer Principal and Director of local Automotive Dealership, Wippells Autos and Audi Centre Toowoomba. As Dealer Principal, David’s experience spans a wide range of skills from financial management of the dealership group, to human resource management, training and development as well as sales, servicing and parts distribution. He is also Chairman of the Glennie School Foundation Limited, a philanthropic charity that supports the development of facilities and resources for the benefit of all Glennie girls. David is a Glennie parent with 5 children. He has admired the growth of the School and is impressed with its culture whilst having a strong passion for quality education.
Mr Tony Wright
Member - Audit and Risk Committee
Tony is the Assistant Commissioner for the Southern Police Region and has been a member of the Queensland Police Service for 36yrs. Tony is responsible for 1600 members of the Police Service across an area 3 times the size of Victoria. He has had a varied career in Law Enforcement from General Duties to Investigator including secondments to the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a national agency in Canberra. Prior to his appointment to the Southern Region he was the Assistant Commissioner for the Education and Training Command. Tony was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2009.
Mr Mark Norman
Member - Finance Committee
Mr Norman joined The Glennie School Council in November 2015. He and his wife Liz have 3 children. Both of their daughters are Glennie Old Girls. Mark attended The Southport School as a boarder for his secondary education.
After 13 years in the cotton industry, Mark and his family relocated to Toowoomba from the Goondiwindi district in 2003 to open an appliance retail franchise, Mr Rental. Mark and Liz have Mr Rental stores located in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Goodna and have been awarded Best Australian Store in the Mr Rental franchise network on four occasions.
In 1995 Mark was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study rotation crops for cotton in the US and was also a Shire Councillor of the Waggamba Shire Council from 1996 to 1998. He is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba and has been awarded for his service to the community and Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow. Since 2010, Mark continues to be a Director of the Glennie School Foundation Limited and, with Liz, is recognised at the level of Fellow.
Mrs Maretta Garner
Member - Chairman Audit and Risk Committee
Advanced Diploma of Business (Japanese)
Maretta is the Assistant Financial Controller for the Australasia Region of an International Energy Services Company, having joined in 2012 when she moved to Toowoomba. Maretta commenced her career in finance with the Anglican Schools Commission. As a qualified accountant and having held various roles in the UK, Japan and Australia, Maretta has 15 years of commercial and management experience.
Maretta is married with two young children and enjoys travelling, entertaining and scuba diving.