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The Non-State Schools Accreditation Board, established under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001, section 105 (repealed 1 January 2018), continued in existence from 1 January 2018 under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017, section 97(1).

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor in Council. Members are appointed for not more than four years but are eligible for reappointment.


Ms Lynne Foley OAMMs Lynne Foley OAM (Chairperson)
Nominee of the Minister (appointed 14 June 2018 to 7 March 2022)

Honorary Doctor of Education [Central Queensland University], Bachelor of Economics [University of Queensland], Diploma in Education [University of Queensland], Associate in Music, Australia [Australian Music Examinations Board]

Ms Foley has had an extensive career with the Department of Education, including Institute Director, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Regional Executive Director, Fitzroy-Central West Queensland Region, Education Queensland, and various regional, district, principal, deputy principal and teacher roles throughout Queensland. She continues her involvement in the broader education and business sectors through involvement in leadership development, executive coaching, review and evaluation.

Ms Foley is highly experienced in governance, leadership, and across all levels of education, including international operations. She was previously a member of the Council of Central Queensland University Australia and of the University of Southern Queensland. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Member of the Australian College of Educators, and participated in the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program.


Professor Carol NicollEmeritus Professor Carol Nicoll PSM
Nominee of the Minister (appointed 8 March 2018 to 7 March 2022)

Doctor of Philosophy [University of British Columbia], Master of Educational Administration [University of Queensland], Graduate Diploma in Education [University of Queensland], Bachelor of Laws [University of Queensland], Bachelor of Arts [University of Queensland]

Emeritus Professor Carol Nicoll was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at QUT from 2016 to 2020. She began her career as a secondary school teacher in Queensland, and held a number of senior positions in the Commonwealth Department of Education, including responsibility for school funding. She was the CEO of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and the inaugural Chief Commissioner and CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. She is the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


Mr Brian ShortMr Brian Short
Nominee of the Minister (reappointed 8 March 2018 to 7 March 2022)

Master of Arts [San José State University], Master of Literary Studies [University of Queensland], Bachelor of Educational Studies [University of Queensland], Diploma of Education [University of Queensland], Bachelor of Arts [University of Queensland]

Mr Short retired as Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School in 2013 after a 40-year career in secondary education. His leadership roles have included Head of Department, Dean of Studies and Deputy Headmaster — Curriculum, and his teaching experiences have included university lecturing in educational leadership and Australian national government. He remains involved in education as Chair of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Deputy Chair of the Independent Schools Queensland Block Grant Authority and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University.

Mr Short is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Terence BurkeMr Terence Burke
Nominee of the Minister (appointed 8 March 2018 to 7 March 2022)

Master of Educational Administration [University of Queensland], Bachelor of Education [James Cook University], Graduate Diploma in Education (Religious Education) [Australian Catholic University], Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits [Governance Institute of Australia], Graduate [Australian Institute of Company Directors], Certificate in Finance [University of New South Wales]

Mr Burke has been the Secretary of the Queensland Independent Education Union for over 20 years. In this role he has an overall responsibility for budgeting, expense management, governance, implementation of strategic planning and reporting to members and the regulator.

Mr Burke has current directorships on NGS Super, Teachers Union Health and previously the then Queensland Board of Teacher Registration. He has readily articulated knowledge and practice of corporate governance, risk identification and management and due diligence.


Mrs Deborah DunstoneMrs Deborah Dunstone
Nominee of the Director-General of Education (appointed 14 May 2020 to 7 March 2022)

Bachelor of Educational Studies (University of Queensland), Diploma of Teaching (Brisbane College of Advanced Education)

Deborah Dunstone is the Assistant Director-General, Early Learning and Development, within the Department of Education. Mrs Dunstone previously held the role of Assistant Director-General, State Schools - Disability and Inclusion in the Department, where she led the whole-of-agency response to the Queensland Disability Review. Mrs Dunstone’s 30 year career in State Education has included leadership roles such as Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director (School Performance), Executive Director (School Improvement) and Secondary Principal across a range of Queensland communities. Her ability to lead contemporary evidenced based inclusive school improvement practices is recognised nationally and internationally.

Mrs Dunstone has participated in the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program, Australian Institute of Company Directors Foundations of Directorship Course and proudly received the 2019 ACEL QLD, Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.


Christopher MountfordChristopher Mountford
Nominee of Independent Schools Queensland (appointed 19 August 2021 to 7 March 2022)

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Bachelor of Economics, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Christopher Mountford was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for Independent Schools Queensland in June 2021. Previously, he held the position of Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. He has specific expertise in the areas of policy, government advocacy and commercial activities. Christopher has more than two decades of experience in member-based advocacy organisations and government relations. Importantly, he also has an exceptional understanding of government regulation and has been influential on numerous state and local government advisory boards.

Christopher is also a volunteer Parent Ambassador for Act for Kids, an Australian charity focused on treating and preventing child abuse.


Dr Lee-Anne Perry AMDr Lee-Anne Perry AM
Nominee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (reappointed 8 March 2018 to 7 March 2022)

Doctor of Education, Master of Education, Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), Diploma of Christian Leadership, Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Queensland), Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Australia), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Justice of the Peace

Dr Perry is the Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Before commencing in the Board role on 27 July 2015, Dr Perry was Principal of All Hallows' School, Brisbane, a position she held since 1999. Dr Perry has also held a number of teaching and leadership roles during her long standing involvement in Catholic education. She is a member of various state and national associations and committees concerned with education, including the National Catholic Education Commission and the Queensland University of Technology Council.

Last updated 10 November, 2021

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