The School is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Grammar Schools Act 1975. Responsibilities for the recruitment, employment of staff and the management of the School on a day-to-day basis are delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Principal & CEO. Other executive staff (Executive Management) are responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the school.
Board of Trustees
The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor in Council every four years (most recently in 2015) comprising:
- Three trustees elected from and by the subscribers who have donated or subscribed at least the electoral eligibility amount as prescribed by the Act;
- Four ministerial nominees.
Mr James Sturges | MEd, GDipEd, AdvDipMan, MAICD
Trustee since 2013
James Sturges is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation. He is involved in many community governance positions, including Ipswich Arts Foundation, Regional Development Australia and Ipswich City Rotary. James was a recent board member of the University of Queensland’s venture – UQ College, and a founding member of the advisory board of Fire Station 101. His daughter is an IGGS Old Girl.
Ms Maria Kelly | BCom, CA
Trustee since 2000
Maria Kelly is a Director of Business Services and Taxation at Harding Martin Chartered Accountants, with thirty plus years’ experience. She is also a Board member of Apprenticeships Qld Ltd (since 1999).
Mr Gregory Ploetz | Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Trustee since 2005
Greg Ploetz has been a Solicitor in a private practice since 1981, both as a sole practitioner and in partnership with the firm of M.A. Kent & Associates since 1987. He served on the committee of the Bremer Catchment Association when it was initially established and was a member of the Podiatry Board of Qld. Greg is a past President of the Ipswich & District Law Association, an active member of the Ipswich Rotary Club since 1987 and has held executive positions with the Ipswich Rotary Club since 1988. He is a past President of the Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys’ Association. His sons are IGS Old Boys and his daughter is an IGGS Old Girl.
Ms Carly Gregory | BEd
Trustee since 2013
Carly Gregory has extensive experience in marketing, with a career spanning more than 14 years. Carly’s most recent experience is in a senior marketing role for Ipswich City Council. Her daughter is a current student at Ipswich Junior Grammar School.
Ms Eleanor Ackland | BOrgL, GradDip IR/HRM, MAppLaw, GCert (MedConRes), CAHRI
Trustee since 2015
Eleanor (Elle) Ackland’s background and experience is within human resources and employee relations. She is currently a Director at the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Elle has held senior roles with the Department of Child Safety Youth and Women, the Queensland Children’s Hospital, WorkCover Queensland and Independent Schools Queensland.
Prof Marie Kavanagh | Dip.T; BCom; DipAdvAcctg; MFinMgmnt; PhD; CPA; MAICD; Fellow BEAQ; JPQual
Trustee since 2017
Professor Marie Kavanagh’s background and experience is in education, business, and management. She has Board and governance experience across six organisations. Throughout her career Marie has held executive leadership positions requiring oversight of business strategy, change management, people, culture, and digital transformation. Her daughters are IGGS Old Girls and her grandchildren are current students at IGGS and IGS.
- Principal & CEO
- Dr Peter Britton, BSc, ProfCertIL(Hons1), PGDipEd, MBA, GCertLegal, MEd, EdD, DipPM, GAICD, PC TCL, LTCL(T)(EC), MACEL, FAIM
- Deputy Principal
- Mrs Jayne Acutt, BA, DipEd
- Head of Junior School
- Mrs Nicolee Eiby, GradDipEdAdmin, BTEarlyChild
- Dean of Studies
- Mrs Ruth Lang, BEdStudies, BA, DipEd, MACE, MACEL
- Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School
- Ms Rebecca Sullivan, BA, BEd, MEd (Guidance and Counselling)
- Secretary to the Board of Trustees/ Chief Financial Officer
- Mr David Lonergan, BBus(Accy), CPA, EMBA
- Director of Enrolments and Community Relations
- Mrs Stacey Hennelly, B.Bus(Marketing)
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Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022
The focus of the School’s strategic direction has been sharpened, and initiatives developed to further embed key strategic themes. The five-year plan was written after seeking feedback from external education consultants from the Australian Council of Education Research and all members of our school community.
To comply with State and Commonwealth requirements, Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School is required to report on student and school performance. A set of standard areas on which schools must report helps parents identify the information they need to make informed choices about their children’s education.
The materials presented on this site are provided by Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School for information purposes only. Users should note that the electronic versions of the annual report on this site is not recognised as the official or authorised version. Users should note that the electronic versions of financial statements on this site are not recognised as the official or authorised version. The electronic versions are provided solely on the basis that users will take responsibility for verifying their accuracy, completeness and currency. Although considerable resources are used to prepare and maintain the electronic versions, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School accepts no liability for any loss or damage that may be incurred by any person acting in reliance on the electronic versions. The official copy of the annual report, as tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland can be accessed from the Queensland Parliament’s tabled papers website database: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/tabled-papers. Older versions of annual reports not appearing on this site are available from the State Library.