A.B. Paterson College Limited is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act. The College is governed by a Board of six Directors, with up to four additional Directors co-opted by the Board, to provide a broadly based set of professional skills and experiences.
A.B. Paterson College’s Governance Framework is the Foundation of the College’s Operations. The Framework provides guidance for effective decision-making in all areas of the College, through the leadership of the College’s Executive and College Board.
Chairman – David Tanner
David Tanner was elected to the Board of A.B Paterson College in 2011, and was later appointed as only the third Chairman of the Board in 2013. A current parent of the College, Mr Tanner has a significant interest in education and a passion for the Vision of our College.
Mr Tanner is a committed professional in the Marine industry with more than 30 years’ experience at the highest levels of industry, both nationally and internationally. Mr Tanner brings a wealth of experience in strategic leadership, customer service, the development of strategic partnerships, and effective management, in addition to a strong commitment for effective governance.
Mr Tanner is a strong supporter of educational programmes that enable young people to grow, not only academically but as individuals, so that they may become strong leaders and active positive contributors to society – leaders now and for the future.
Mr Tanner married the love of his life on the Gold Coast in 1994, and has now raised his family in this beautiful part of our country. Being a father of two children, both students of the College, his first interests are his children; however, he remains committed to motorsport, both as a Veteran competitor, restorer, and Chair of a National Sporting Commission. Mr Tanner has achieved at the highest level in his chosen sporting field, being the recipient of a number of National Titles.
Mr Tanner hopes that the legacy of his guardianship of the College will be a stronger community, a College that not only educates young people, but one that helps them to grow, and a College community that is well placed to educate the children of the Gold Coast for many generations to come.
Deputy Board Chair - Nicole Kelly
Nicole Kelly is a highly experienced strategic advisor, business coach and exit planning specialist. She has a passion for operational turnarounds and business development, along with a proven ability to identify opportunities for profit enhancement and expansion. She sees a disciplined approach to planning and execution as the cornerstone strength to business success.
As a Certified Professional Accountant, Tax Agent and MBA with over 15 years’ progressive leadership and change management experience, Ms Kelly has achieved success in finding the right balance of strategy, people initiatives, systems and leadership to forge positive change for her clients. Her solid understanding of business operations is reflected in the effective implementation of strategic planning initiatives that consistently deliver real business improvement.
Claire Brereton is an experienced executive with a track record as a successful CIO (Chief Information Officer) and as a Director of not-for-profit organisations. She migrated from the UK to Australia in 2001, viewing Australia as the perfect country to work, raise her young family, and make a contribution to her community.
Ms Brereton has qualifications in engineering and IT, and now runs a business advising companies and government organisations on IT strategy, governance and risk management. She is acknowledged as an industry expert in IT standardisation, acting as a volunteer Australian representative to the International Standards Organisation.
Ms Brereton also serves as a Director of an IT Industry association. She lives in Brisbane with her husband, two teenage daughters and various dogs and chooks.
Maurine completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources and Management, at Griffith University, Gold Coast. With over 19 years’ experience specialising in Human Resources, Maurine has previously worked within the hospitality, finance, state government, pharmaceutical, and health industries. She is currently the Human Resources Manager for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
During her career, she has formulated human resource management strategies, plans and policies. Maurine has been involved in negotiations with unions, recruitment, and training. She is dedicated to making a difference to organisational culture, leadership and engagement. She has managed occupational health and safety programmes and practices, and has worked with her employers to ensure they comply with related legislation.
Jeff McDermid, GAICD FCA
Non Executive Director
Jeff McDermid is a former partner of Ernst & Young, and the founder of his own accounting firm that grew organically to be ranked 53rd in Australia by BRW. As part of a long-term succession plan, he retired from his firm in 2011 and embarked on his new career as a professional Company Director. His Board roles straddle the aged care, property development, human resources, tourism and technology industries.
Mr McDermid brings to the Board of A.B. Paterson College a wide variety of skills and experience in financial management, corporate governance and strategic thinking.
Terri McGuire has a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Management), a Graduate Certificate in Business (Automotive Management) and is a Qualified Justice of the Peace.
Ms McGuire has experience in all sectors of retail automotive dealership management, and business management in general. She is a Director of the Zupp Property Group, which now specialises in property and asset investment and management.
Gina Palmer has devoted most of her career to secondary and higher education. As an educator, Gina innovated curriculum; pioneered the introduction of industry expert decision-making software into Australian schools; advised on syllabus developments; served as a state panel reviewer for what is now the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority; developed and delivered professional development programmes for teachers; reviewed software for Education Queensland; published educational resources; led marketing and fundraising initiatives; and was a curriculum co-ordinator at the University of Queensland Graduate School of Education - training graduates to be teachers. Her role at the University of Queensland focused on reviewing the curriculum and innovating the delivery of curriculum so that the student experience was enhanced.
In universities, Gina has been responsible for developing and co-ordinating several initiatives, including being the Deputy Researcher for a national ASISTM research grant, and the first-ever strategic partnership between an Australian University and an international software company for the benefit of education.
Gina is currently the Faculty General Manager for the QUT Business School, where she is responsible for the strategic and operational management of Australia's first Business School to achieve triple international accreditation - an achievement held by less than 1% of Business Schools worldwide. Gina has also worked in local government and was responsible for the development and implementation of a major initiative that was recognised by the International Association of Public Participation.
Gina is an accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics and holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science, education, humanities and town planning, as well as an MBA. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim Peters is Chairman and Joint Founding Partner of ADG Engineers. He is responsible for the group’s development in both Australia and overseas, which has grown into a full multi-disciplinary company with 12 offices and 160 staff.
Mr Peters has extensive experience in numerous large scale building projects in Australia, Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom and India. He has particular expertise in the use of post-tensioned solutions for building structures, and is recognised for delivery of budget conscious buildable solutions.
Mr Peters sits on the Academic Advisory Committee for the School of Engineering at Griffith University, has lectured on post tensioning at Griffith University, and is a member of the A.B. Paterson College Board.
Ex-officio Member of the Board
Principal/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brian Grimes
Director of Business and Finance, Mr Ian Lambden
The College Board meets monthly in full Council, and focuses on policy making and review. Sub-Committees of the Board meet as deemed appropriate by the College Board.
Patron - Alan Rickard
Alan Rickard has resided on the Gold Coast since 1948, and attended Labrador Primary and Southport State High schools. He started in business in 1966, when he constructed a factory in Southport. In 1967, Alan purchased the family automotive service business which he moved into the Southport factory. The business grew to eight shops and 50 staff in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
In 1988, Alan sold the business and, in the same year, was elected as a councillor in the Gold Coast City Council. He stayed on as a councillor until 2004 and, during that time, chaired the Finance and Economic Development Committees for 10 years and was Deputy Mayor for four years.
In 1989, Alan and a group of local residents and business people got together and promoted the establishment of A.B. Paterson College at Arundel. Alan was the founding Chair of A.B. Paterson College Ltd and served as a Director for 25 years. He has also served on the Griffith University advisory council, which he chaired for three years, on the executive of the Southport Chamber of Commerce, and is presently the President of the Save Our Broadwater community group.
Alan and his wife, Marilyn, live at Runaway Bay, enjoying an active life and retaining a keen interest in A.B. Paterson College.