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College Council

The risks and challenges of the governance role of independent school boards and councils reflect those of the corporate world. St John’s College Council Members has between its representatives a broad range of interests, talents and experience.

It seeks to implement excellence in governance as a key organisational goal by exercising principles of rigour, transparency and accountability. The College Council undertakes this goal for the College to achieve excellence in its educational, Christian and community mission, the governing body must be highly strategic and effective in its leadership, planning and oversight functions.

St John’s College Council is made up of up of six members including one FSAC Board member and five independent College Council members, and the College Principal, Deputy Principal – Curriculum and Innovation and the Business Manager who are non-voting members. The College Council is delegated the responsibility to govern and administer the operations of the College. The College Council’s role includes:

  • determining and implementing St John’s business and strategic plans.
  • formulating policies and procedures and ensuring St John’s adheres to all including child protection.
  • overseeing St John’s financial and operational performance.
  • monitoring the management of risks within St John’s.
  • being actively involved in the process of appointing the College Principal.
  • managing the ongoing performance of the College Principal.

The school Principal reports to the College Council and is responsible for the daily operations of the school.

Mr Stephen Scott

Chair, St John’s Council
Grad Dip Gov (Management), Adv Dip Personnel and Operations Management, Grad Dip Eng (Airframes), Cert IV TAE, MAICD, AFAIM

Mr Scott was engaged in a celebrated military career for twenty-two years before becoming the Principal Strategist at a business advisory consultancy based in Forest Lake.

Mr Scott brings decades of experience in working with a variety of Government agencies, Multi-National Companies and small and medium businesses in improving business performance.  Mr Scott is a member of the Institute of Company Directors.


Mr James Mason OAM

St John’s Council Member
BA (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ed (Administration)

Mr Mason is an historian, author and former Head of Senior School at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie). Mr Mason taught at Waverley College in Sydney for 14 years prior to commencing as a teacher at Churchie in 1985.

Mr Mason was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List (2006) for services to education, teaching and the writing of history. He has written several books, some of which have been published in multiple editions.


Mrs Tracey Woolford

St John’s Council Member
B Sc (Microbiology/Biochemistry)

Mrs Woolford has more than a decade of working in research and development with CSIRO and private biotechnology companies. More recently Mrs Woolford held a rewarding role in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance with QLD Health at the QLD Tissue Bank (Organ and Tissue Donation Authority).

As a past parent of the College, Mrs Woolford is looking forward to being involved in the St John’s community once again in her capacity as a Council Member.


Mr Julian Pearce

St John’s Council Member
BA, B Econ (Hons), MA (Econ)

Mr Pearce brings to the St John’s Council a long career in banking and economics and is currently the Chair of the QUT Economics and Finance School Advisory committee, President of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld), a member of the QUT Business School Academic Board. Mr Pearce is also a member of the Finance and Diocesan Services Commission for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.


Mrs Jane Harbison

St John’s Council Member
BBus (Acc), MBA, ACIS

Mrs Harbison brings to St John’s Council a wealth of experience in a broad range of commerce and expertise in strategy, finance and organisational culture. With a special interest in educational development, Mrs Harbison’s experience gained both overseas and in Australia will provide St John’s Council with sound guidance.


Reverend John Coleman

St John’s Council Member
MTh, MLitt, GradCertMgt, Companion (CQU), JP (Qual) 

Reverend Coleman is the Parish Priest of the Anglican Parish of Centenary Suburbs having moved from Central Queensland in 2019.  He has had many years working with both private and public education sectors in Central Queensland as the Human Resources Manager for the CQ region of Education QLD and the Chair of the Emmaus College Board.   He has held numerous positions in governance within the Rockhampton Anglican Diocese and other not for profit organisations.

In 2018 Reverend Coleman was made a Companion of the Central Queensland University.