School Board Directors
Trinity Anglican School Ltd is a not-for-profit entity governed by a Board of Directors. The Directors hold office for two years and at the end of that time, are eligible for re-appointment. The Board of Directors are:
Mr Jason Fowler
Jason is a director of the specialist financial planning firm, the Fowler’s Group. Based in Cairns, the Fowler’s Group is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012. Jason works in this business with other family members and a team of financial planning and superannuation professionals.
Apart from a high level of business acumen, Jason is a strong communicator with an extensive commercial network throughout Australia. He is a big believer in ongoing education, professional skill development and personal growth and development.
Jason has a very long association with TAS having completed his secondary years as a student at TAS. Today, his own three children have attended TAS since Prep.
Jason has been an active Board member of TAS since 1995. He brings a strong knowledge of the Cairns community and the business community to the Board, along with a passion to continually build the reputation of TAS as one of the leading schools in Australia.
Deputy Chairman / Treasurer
Mr David N Goodman
Mr Goodman is the Proprietor of Goodman Chartered Accountants (established in 1988) specialising in servicing small business across a range of industries and professions and also provides services in Financial Planning and Mortgage Broking though his firm Pivotal Financial Planning Services. He has 30 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and serves on the Board of a number of Community organisations. He has also served on the Boards of his Professional Associations.
Mr Goodman grew up in Cairns attending local schools and Churchie in Brisbane before University at QUT. He has continued to undertake various post graduate studies including qualifying as a Local Government Auditor, Local Government Clerk, Financial Planner and Mortgage Broker.
He has children who attended TAS from 1993 to 2008.
Mr Giles Austen
Giles is an economist by background, with extensive experience in project management and organisational change. Following a 25 year career working internationally in the information technology industry with leading companies, including Apple, IBM and Microsoft, he developed an interest in the ecological impact of the current levels of global resource use. He is currently undertaking a full time PhD in the use of expert systems in the management of fisheries.
Giles has been a TAS parent since 2003, with two children who are now alumni of the school and one who is still in attendance.
Mr Jeremy Blockey
Jeremy has been working in economics related fields in North Queensland for 23 years. For the past ten years, he has been consulting to the public and private sector, preparing a range of economic studies, feasibilities, research, strategic business plans and economic development plans. He is currently on assignment with a two year Federally funded project promoting the placement of Cairns workers into fly-in/fly-out resources sector roles across northern Australia.
Jeremy served on the Cairns Chamber of Commerce committee for seven years, three-and-a-half years (2007-2010) as President. Other professional interests include Board roles with a P-12 private school (TAS), a regional and widely acclaimed theatre production company (JUTE), and an Indigenous social enterprise (Djarragun Enterprises).
Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) degree from Leicester University, UK.
Mr Blockey has been a parent of the school since 2000, with two children who are now alumni of the school and one who is still in attendance.
Mr John Gersekowski
Mr Gersekowski is the General Manager - Operational Support for GHD with responsibility for risk management across GHD's global operations. By profession, John is a civil engineer with over 30 years experience in the planning, design and delivery of a range of major infrastructure and building projects.
John's son completed Year 12 in 2011 and his daughter is currently completing her final year.
Dr Barbara Howard
Chair of Education Committee
Dr Howard lectured in Physics at QIT (now QUT) for eight years, then taught Physics and Mathematics at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth. Subsequently she taught Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at Trinity Anglican School (TAS) for twenty years until retirement. At TAS she served in the roles of Head of Science, Head of Curriculum Services, Acting Director of Curriculum and Acting Deputy Principal. As a teacher she believed in engendering in students a lifelong love of Mathematics and Science, as well as achieving to their very best. As Head of Science she introduced to TAS many innovations, e.g. entering students into the national Science and Chemistry competitions and Science Olympiads and offering gifted and talented courses out of school hours for interested students. Under her guidance TAS was the first school in Queensland to introduce major Physics projects, which are now part of the State Curriculum.
Dr Howard was also a parent at the school, with both daughters receiving the benefits of a TAS education.
Dr Mary-Ellen O'Hare
Dr Mary-Ellen O'Hare is a Consultant Psychiatrist with 15 years' experience. She undertook her medical training at the University of Queensland and her residency at Royal Brisbane Hospital. Following two years in General Practice, she undertook Specialty training in Psychiatry and after obtaining her Fellowship, worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Australia and overseas. On return to Cairns, Mary-Ellen held a Visiting Medical Officer position at Cairns Base Hospital while setting up in Private Practice where she enjoys clinical practice in addition to teaching Training Psychiatry Registrars. She is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Dr O'Hare has had a connection to TAS since 2002 when her eldest daughter started Prep. She has two daughters and a son attending TAS. Mary-Ellen has been a committee member of the Parents' and Friends' Association since 2011 and has coordinated Hockey in the school, helping to grow the sport from three teams in 2005 to nine teams in 2012.
Dr Pauline Taylor
Dr Taylor is an academic at James Cook University and has held leadership roles as Director Professional Experience and Deputy Head of School in the School of Education, Cairns. Dr Taylor has been an educator for close to 30 years in Australia and overseas. She has held roles from teacher to Principal in primary and secondary schools in State, Catholic and Independent schools. She has also held various roles with Education Queensland and has a strong background in school operations and curriculum and policy implementation.
Dr Taylor is a past parent of the school and her two daughters completed their secondary schooling at TAS.
The Venerable Canon Christopher Wright
Anglican Parish Priest St Saviour's Anglican Church, Kuranda
Canon of St James Cathedral Townsville
Archdeacon of North Queensland