Gayle has been involved in state education and P&Cs for over 15 years. She is a currently a member of The Gap SHS P&C Association where she holds the positions of Vice-President and P&Cs Qld Representative.
Gayle has previously been P&C President of Patricks Road State School (2006–2011) and was a member of the PRSS School Council (2006–2009). She has held numerous executive positions across all subcommittees.Gayle has been a P&Cs Qld Board Director and Interim Board Member, as well as President, Vice-President, Treasurer and State Executive Member of QCPCA’s Metropolitan East Regional Council. Gayle held the position of inaugural Area Co-ordinator for Met East and has been awarded Area Life membership of P&Cs Qld. She currently represents P&Cs Qld on various committees including the Governance Committee for the Autism Hub and Reading Centre, QCAA K-6 Curriculum Committee, and Showcase Evaluation Awards Board. In recognition of her involvement with P&Cs Qld, she received an Outstanding Service Award in 2015.Being elected President and Chair of the Board of P&Cs Qld in 2015 has provided Gayle with an opportunity to further develop and enhance strong professional partnerships with our key stakeholders and with the Department of Education. She is responsible for helping shape the strategic directions of the company, and leading the shaping of a vision for the future of the organisation.Gayle believes that P&Cs and the parents involved in these groups are the hub of local communities and that strong, sustainable partnerships between parents, principals, teachers and the Department of Education are key to gaining and maintaining the best outcomes for all our students.
Kaylee first became active in P&Cs eight years ago and has been the President of Currumbin State School P&C since 2013. This year she also joined the Executive of her local high school when her daughter started year seven. She represents P&Cs Qld on the Board of the Queensland College of Teachers; Mind Matters/Kids Matter Reference Group and has previously been an active Area Co-ordinator for P&Cs Qld’s South East Area.
Kaylee is passionate about public education and the role that schools play in the life and education of young people. She strongly believes that it makes a real difference when families are connected to the school community. As a parent of two young children, Kaylee understands that education and opportunity should be more than chance.
Kaylee has an extensive background in campaigning and leadership development. She has held several senior roles in non-government organisations in NSW and Queensland. She has worked in local and state government in the area of community services. In addition to her volunteer work, Kaylee currently works part-time as a progressive campaigner.
Tamra graduated from Flinders University in South Australia with a Bachelor of Education in 1992 and has worked as an educator for 25 years, in various roles as a high school teacher, swimming instructor, sporting coach and study coach.
Since 2011, she has been the co-ordinator of an off-site VET campus in the Boyne Island/Tannum Sands region. She is responsible for the strategic direction, business planning and financial compliance of this facility.
Joining the P&C ten years ago when her children started school, she has held P&C Executive Committee roles including the positions of President, Vice-President and Treasurer. She has also volunteered time as a uniform shop convenor and assisted in the tuckshop.
Tamra was a member of the organising team for the 2016 State Conference in Gladstone and supports the Central Queensland Area Co-ordinator. She is passionate about schools, students, parents and the wider community developing partnerships which enable the best outcomes for all concerned.
Currently in his fifth year on a P&C and fourth as Secretary, and as a father of four children aged from 9 to 3, Matthew is highly motivated to help improve the operational effectiveness of P&Cs to achieve greater outcomes for students, staff and the wider school community.
Matthew wants to ensure volunteers’ time is valued and the government does more to recognise the important role P&Cs and parent engagement play in education in our state schools.
Matthew is a software engineer who looked for a software solution to help with processes, governance and compliance in his role as a P&C Executive Member. When he couldn’t find one, he decided to build it. He was accepted into a start-up accelerator supported to help build a company to support volunteers. Through this work, Matthew has been involved with helping many P&Cs, associations and non-profit organisations around Queensland, Australia and the world, and is working with P&Cs Qld to help support P&Cs specifically around the P&Cs Qld stated mission of state-of-the-art services.
Chris Taylor has spent many years volunteering for various organisations promoting education and training, including the Housing Industry Association where he was Chairman of the National Training Committee and a member of the National Policy Congress, he is now on the Committee of Management for Master Builders Queensland in Townsville.
Chris also has extensive experience as a Director and is currently Deputy Chairman & Company Secretary for the Tec-NQ College in Townsville. He is also a past director for the Queensland Building Services Authority and was the Chairman of their Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
Chris has been the Treasurer and now Secretary of Kirwan State High School P&C in Townsville.
Sally has been part of the P&Cs Qld Central Qld Area Team since 2012 and the Area Co-ordinator since 2015. She is a passionate advocate for state schooling who believes one of the best assets a school and its students can have is an active and involved P&C.
She first joined Longreach School of Distance Education P&C as a Distance Education Home Tutor in 2006 and has been a member of her own children’s P&Cs since 2012. She is still an active member of her younger children’s P&C (Capella SS). Sally has previously held the positions of President (Capella SHS) and Secretary (Capella SHS & Clermont SHS) and has been involved in co-ordinating the tuckshop, uniform shop and fund raising. In addition to her volunteer work with P&Cs, she also works with her local council and CQ Health as a member of committees that focus on community engagement across local government and health. She possesses an extensive knowledge of rural life from many years spent living in rural Queensland and has a lived understanding of caring for and educating children with disabilities. Sally has a background and qualifications in business as well as experience in retail and education. She is currently working as an Office Administrator in the manufacturing industry.
Since 1980, Janette has worked as an educator, in various roles as a primary and high school teacher, policy and curriculum developer and now as trainer and facilitator in capacity-building in developing countries with a focus on education, health, governance and organisational development.
Janette is the founder and owner of Write & Win, an international grant and tender writing and training service, and Clonan Connections, a consultancy in the area of International Development. Over the last 20 years, she has facilitated capacity-building programs in South East Asia, North Asia, South America, Middle East, PNG/Pacific and Africa.
Janette draws on her varied experience both in working at a senior level in government and as business entrepreneur. She has held various board roles including past Chair and now deputy chair of Women’s Health Queensland Wide and past Director and Secretary of Samford Commons Limited.
Richard John is a Professor and former Dean (Learning and Teaching) at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in science education having held teaching and research positions at the University of Wollongong, Oxford University and the Smithsonian Institute prior to his arrival at Griffith University.
At Griffith he is the Program Lead of Science on the GO! and the Griffith Science Education Alliance – Griffith’s science outreach programs. He is also the Project Lead for the Queensland STEM Education Network – a consortium of Queensland universities working with local schools to improve science learning outcomes for school students.
Richard is a Queensland Science Champion, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the recipient of several prestigious awards for his contributions to science and science education, including:. two Australian Awards for University Teaching; Australia’s; Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award; the Australian Science Teachers’ Association Award for Service to Science Education; the Queensland Science Teachers Association Medal for Excellence in Science Education; the RACI Award for Chemical Education (Qld); the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science and Science Education; and the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Award.
He is the author of 60 international peer-reviewed research papers, the author of an undergraduate chemistry textbook and was the inaugural Director of the national science education program, Science by Doing, on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science.
More recently, Richard has worked closely with P&Cs Qld and Rotary Australia to develop two Early Reader Book Series based on the characters Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician. These books are designed as home readers or as in-class guided readers and align closely to the Australian Curriculum in Science and Mathematics.
He is the father of a six-year old and a seven-year old attending Oxenford Sate School – they are also the inspiration for Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician.