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Funding Committee members

The Accreditation Act provides for the appointment by the Governor in Council of the six members of the Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee, a committee of the Board.


Associate Professor James WattersAdjunct Professor James Joseph Watters (Chairperson)
Nominee of the Minister (reappointed 3 December 2013 to 2 December 2017)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) [University of Queensland], Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Chemistry) [Griffith University], Graduate Diploma of Education [CCAE], Master of Education (Hons) [University of New England]

Dr Watters is an Adjunct Professor in Education at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove.

A former high school science teacher, his teaching and research interests lie in science and mathematics education, especially in relation to gifted learners. His research extends to studying models of professional development and capacity building. He has published more than 100 research papers in these fields and has supervised over 30 doctoral students researching related aspects of education. His current research projects focus on school–industry partnerships, the experiences of beginning teachers and school organisational culture.


Mr Norman Hunter OAM Mr Norman William Hunter OAM
Nominee of the Minister (appointed 3 December 2013 to 2 December 2017)

Certificate of Teaching [Kelvin Grove Teacher’s College], Bachelor of Arts [University of Queensland], Master of Education (Leadership & Management) [University of Southern Queensland]

Mr Hunter is the principal consultant of Thinkit Through, an educational consultancy with particular focus on leadership, strategic thinking, mentoring and writing. He was previously Principal of Hillbrook Anglican School.

Throughout his career Mr Hunter has been widely involved in education committees and other bodies at both state and national levels; he has served on a number of State Government Ministerial Advisory Committees.

Mr Hunter's work in creating an inclusive school culture with a shared vision, along with his contribution to Queensland's and Australia's education community, has been recognised through the awarding of the 2006 Australian College of Educators' Biennial Queensland Medal, and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for his services to educational leadership. In 2010, Mr Hunter was awarded the ACEL Queensland Excellence in Educational Leadership Award and, in 2013, the ACEL Nganakarrawa Award for educational leadership.


Mr Boyd Paties Mr Boyd Randall Paties
Nominee of the Director-General of Education and Training (appointed 21 April 2016 to 2 December 2017)

Mr Paties began his career as a Physical Education teacher in the Brisbane South-West region. Following this, Mr Paties held a number of positions within the Queensland Government including Senior Research Officer and Acting Executive Officer with the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies/Queensland Studies Authority (currently the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority), and Principal Treasury Analyst and State Budget Coordinator with Queensland Treasury. Mr Paties has also held a number of positions within the Department of Education and Training, including Senior Project Officer roles; Acting Director, Early Childhood Education and Care, Performance Information; Executive Director, Performance Monitoring and Reporting; and his current position as Executive Director, Queensland State School Resourcing.

Mr Paties has a wealth of knowledge and experience in education, corporate governance, project management, financial management, and strategic policy.


Mr Allan Guse Mr Allan Richard Guse (Deputy Chairperson)
Nominee of The Association of Independent Schools of Queensland Inc (reappointed 3 December 2013 to 2 December 2017)

Bachelor of Arts [University of Queensland], Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment [Financial Services Institute of Australasia]

Mr Guse is Principal Advisor (Strategic Resourcing) for Independent Schools Queensland. He has held management and executive roles in government and non-government education sectors. Mr Guse has extensive experience in public policy research, analysis and development, with particular expertise in the areas of school planning and funding. He has authored many policy review reports and other published documents, served on a number of government committees and was a longstanding Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Mr Michael KearneyMr Michael John Kearney
Nominee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (reappointed 3 December 2013 to 2 December 2017)

Masters in Educational Leadership, Masters in System Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Arts, Bachelor in Education Studies, Diploma of Teaching

Mr Kearney is currently Director of Administrative Services at Brisbane Catholic Education where he supports the corporate functions of the enterprise, including Financial Services, Information Services, School Development Services and Business Services.

Prior to his appointment Mr Kearney was an Area Supervisor covering the region of Brisbane West through to the South Burnett.

Mr Kearney's background is in education and educational administration, having been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in many schools across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. He is now in his second contractual period as Director of Administrative Services.


Mr Allan Guse Mr Antony Alan Skinner
Nominee of the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board (appointed 22 May 2014 to 21 May 2018)

Bachelor of Economics (Hons)

Mr Skinner joined Queensland Treasury and Trade in 1992, working in the area of economic modelling and forecasting. In December 2012, Mr Skinner was appointed as Queensland Government Statistician by the Governor in Council and has responsibility for administration of the Statistical Returns Act 1896. This Act gives authority to collect official statistics on behalf of the Queensland Government.

Within the Economics and Fiscal Coordination Group of Queensland Treasury, the strategic role of the Queensland Government Statistician's Office is to provide statistics and research for planning and decision making. As Queensland Government Statistician, Mr Skinner is responsible for the delivery of a range of core services, including demographic statistics, population projections and the monitoring of land supply in Queensland.

Last updated 7 September, 2017

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