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Foundation Board

The St John’s Foundation Board comprises of current and past parents offering a diverse mix of skills and experience all with a mutual passion and belief in delivering an education for our students that will empower them to achieve their best in whatever pathway that they may have imagined.

St John’s Foundation Board of Directors

Mr Norm Jeffries

Chair, St John’s Foundation Board
B.A.Sc, Information Technology

Norm has been a Director on the Foundation Board since 2013 and a parent of the College for the last 15 years sharing four children with his wife Rachelle.

As Managing Director of locally based IT firm Computer Merchants, Norm has been an enormous supporter of both the College and the Foundation offering work place and employment opportunities to St John’s Old Collegians, hosting Foundation business events and supporting St John’s sporting endeavours.

In 2018 Norm was appointed to Chair of the Foundation Board and looks forward to supporting the strategic priorities of the College through the work of the Foundation Board.

Ms Marilyn Thurtell

Director, St John’s Foundation Board

Marilyn’s three children Alexander, Melissa and Ashleigh all attended the College.

Over the years Marilyn has been actively engaged with the College supporting and sponsoring various events and fundraising initiatives including sports, performing arts and the St John’s Foundation.

Marilyn has been a Director of the Foundation Board since 2016.

Marilyn is Principal and Lead Agent at MTR Property Group with her client base predominantly in from the Forest Lake area. Having lived in Pallara for 25 years, she feels a deep affinity with the local area and enjoys its strong community atmosphere.

Mr Jeremy Harris

Director, St John’s Foundation Board
B.Business (Accy), Accounting and Tax

Jeremy and his wife Deborah have been parents of the College for over 19 years with five children attending the College.

Jeremy held office as Chair of the Foundation Board until 2018 following many years of leadership including supporting the College through the Stage 1 Auditorium Appeal. Jeremy remains an active member of the Foundation Board as a Director which he commenced in 2009.

While Jeremy was a partner of Brisbane based accountancy firm Gill, McKerrow and Associate for 22 years, in 2018 he refocused his business endeavours as Cofounder at The Grow CFO.

Ms Felicity Bailey

Director, St John’s Foundation Board
B.A.Sc, Nursing

Felicity was a parent of the College for 12 years with daughters Julia graduating in 2014 and Charlotte in 2017.

During this time Felicity was an active member of the St John’s Parent and Friends Association raising significant sponsorship for the College Carnival, leading fundraising initiatives for St John’s Performing Arts Centre and supporting St John’s Foundation events.

Felicity was officially appointed as a Director of the Foundation Board in 2018.

Felicity is the Queensland Territory Manager for Surgical Instruments, Sterilization and Safety Products at Medical and Optical Pty Ltd.

Mr Martin Bowden

Director, St John’s Foundation Board
B Bus (Accountancy), Taxation and Business Law
Chartered Accountant
Fellow of Taxation Institute – Certified Tax Advisor

Martin and his wife Michaela have three children and have been parents of the College since 2012. Both have been strong supporters of the College and Foundation Board events and initiatives.

Martin was Chair of the Finance Committee for Good News Lutheran School and currently sits as an Independent Member of the Finance and Development Committee for Lutheran Education Queensland. He was also part of the Foundation Committee that established Forest Lake Rugby, Forest Lake Little Athletics and built the community oval facilities off College Avenue. In supporting the Brisbane Junior Rugby Union and Queensland Junior Rugby Union, Martin has acted as Honorary Treasurer.

In 2018, Martin was officially appointed as a Director of the Foundation Board.

Bowden Liberatore is an accountancy and tax specialist firm in Darra, Brisbane of which Martin is founder and Managing Director.

Mrs Mandy Willemse

Director, St John’s Foundation Board

Mandy and her husband Peter are past parents of the College with their son Aaron graduating in 2011 and daughter Paige in 2009.

Mandy has also been a strong supporter of the Parents and Friends Association including the development of the highly successful Mother’s Day High Tea event as well as supporting and raising funds for the St John’s Foundation initiatives.

Mandy is very passionate about the College and has over the last ten years managed the Uniform Shop at St John’s. She is well connected with College families and the wider community in this role.

Mandy has been a Director of the Foundation Board since 2008.

Mr Eric Trieu

Director, St John’s Foundation Board
BA Commerce

Eric joined the Foundation Board as a Director in 2019 and is a dedicated supporter of the College with his son Eken currently attending the Primary School.

From the age of 20 Eric’s passion was with property, becoming the youngest fully licensed real estate agent in Victoria and running his first business through First National Real Estate.

In 2009 Eric Co-Founded, Empire Property Investors, to help others create wealth through educational workshops and seminars. Then in 2015 Eric joined Holden CAPITAL as a Director to further assist property developers in construction finance through bank finance, mezzanine finance, Joint Ventures & private funding. HoldenCAPITAL has settled over $1.2 billion in Debt and Equity since 2012.

Eric is a great example of the pursuit of happiness, is an avid runner and enjoys supporting Forest Lake community initiatives.

Mr Benjamin Kozij

Director, St John’s Foundation Board

Benjamin is a past student of the College graduating in 2016. Ben is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Management at UQ.

Alongside his studies Ben enjoys giving back to the Community through various volunteering activities including being elected as a Councillor of the UQ Union representing the Business, Economics and Law Facilities. In addition, Ben works as event staff at QSAC and as an Assistant Operator at Skylighter FireworX.

Ben has been leading the Old Collegians’ Association since 2018 as the President and Director on the St John’s Foundation Board since July 2018.