Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team is responsible for Policy development for the consideration of the College Board, overall planning, and the management of the College in all its key areas of operation.

Brian Grimes –  Principal

The role of the Principal encompasses both the educational leader of the College and the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. The Principal is responsible for the following:

  • Educational programme of the College;
  • Promotion of equity and excellence;
  • Creation and sustenance of the conditions under which quality teaching and learning thrives;
  • Advising, developing, and delivering community expectations and influencing government policy that lead to the development of a 21st Century education system;
  • Capital development of the College;
  • Sound financial management of the College;
  • Development of policy to support the Objects of the College;
  • Development of all staffing and resourcing of the College required to achieve the Objects of the College.

Brian Grimes was appointed as only the third Principal/Chief Executive Officer of A.B. Paterson College in its history. Mr Grimes has extensive experience in the independent education sector, following 19 years of service within independent schools in Western Australia prior to his move to Queensland in 2012. During this time, Mr Grimes has held a variety of positions including, Head of Chemistry, Pastoral Care Leader, and Head of House (Boarding) at Hale School in Perth, followed by both Head of Senior School and Principal at Swan Valley Anglican Community School.

Mr Grimes has a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry), a post graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters of Education from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

Mr Grimes is a member of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia, and has been admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the CEO Institute.

 Mr Grimes has presented at a number of National and International conferences and symposiums, and has a firm belief that the heart of education is indeed the education of the heart.

Marie Perry –  Assistant Principal

The Assistant Principal of the College is responsible for assisting the Principal, as delegated, in duties across the College P-12. These duties include oversight of staffing and operational matters, as well as strategic leadership and development. The Assistant Principal also undertakes research projects to ensure that A.B. Paterson College stays at the forefront of best practice in the educational context, locally, nationally and internationally.

Marie Perry commenced at the College in the newly created role of Assistant Principal in May, 2010. Ms Perry is an experienced teacher, having taught all grades from P-12, and has also delivered adult education. Ms Perry has a Masters in Education and has completed her Doctor of Education degree in the area of social media. She has a passion for travel and enjoys combining this with her passion for learning. Ms Perry’s focus within her role is always to support the Principal in ensuring that our students remain at the centre of all we do here at the College.

Ian Lambden  – Director of Business and Finance

The responsibilities of the Director of Business and Finance are in the ‘non-educational’ operation of the College, including finance, property and administration.  The Director of Business and Finance also serves as Company Secretary to the Board of Directors. 

Ian Lambden joined A.B. Paterson College in November 2012, following 12 years as Business Manager at a local independent school. Mr Lambden has been involved in business administration in education for over 20 years, having worked in various sectors of the industry, including primary, secondary and tertiary organisations.

Mr Lambden’s qualifications include; Master of Professional Accounting, Bachelor of Business (Management), Graduate Certificate in TQM (Total Quality Management), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Karen Roman – Head of Junior School

The Head of Junior School is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including the academic development and pastoral care of the students, as well as the leadership of the teaching staff. Head of Junior School is an integral part of the College Senior Leadership Team that is responsible for the strategic leadership of the College.

Karen Roman joined A.B. Paterson College in 2010 and moved to the position of Deputy Head of Junior School in 2013, having responsibility in both pastoral care and curriculum development. She was appointed to her current role in Term 3, 2015. Mrs Roman has a Master of Education degree and is an experienced educator committed to fostering a whole school community that promotes excellence, care and commitment.

Joanne Sheehy – Head of Senior School

The Head of Senior School at A.B. Paterson College is responsible for all operational matters, student activities, engagement and academic progress within the Senior School. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Senior School plays an important leadership role to College staff, both in academic and pastoral roles.

Joanne Sheehy joined A.B. Paterson College in 2003, moving from the Head of Mathematics Faculty to the Dean of Studies in 2013, and Head of Senior School in 2015. 

Ian Taylor – Director of Activities

The Director of Activities is responsible for the co-curricular activities of the College, including the co-ordination of the College cultural programme, incorporating Performing Arts, Public Speaking and Debating. The Director of Activities is also responsible for the planning and implementation of the intra and interschool sporting programmes and Inter-House competitions.

Ian Taylor joined the College in 1993 and was appointed to his current position as Director of Activities in 1996.

Richard Worsey – Director of Teaching and Learning

The Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for all teaching and learning activities of the College, including the development of eLearning systems. Richard Worsey leads the Curriculum Team, where his primary objective is to design, implement and evaluate a College teaching programme that incorporates the strengths of Teaching for Understanding - engagement, differentiation and challenge - and ensures that A.B. Paterson College creates opportunities for effective learning to occur in every classroom, and for every student. The focus will always be to immerse students in a rich curriculum that allows them to discover the joy and challenge of learning.

Richard Worsey commenced at A.B. Paterson College as Head of Science in 2010, before being appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning in 2012. Prior to arriving in Australia, Mr Worsey taught at various schools in England after graduating with an Honours Degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in Semiconductor Devices from Lancaster University. Past leadership roles include Head of Physics, Head of House, Student Achievement Leader and Science College Leader.

Mr Worsey was selected by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become an international coach in their Teaching for Understanding Course in 2010.

Meagan King - Director of Teaching and Learning: Junior School

Meagan works closely with the staff from Prep – Year 6 on all matters relating to Curriculum.  Meagan has extensive knowledge and experience working with the Australian Curriculum and applying this to Teaching and Learning programmes in an Independent School context.

Meagan joined A.B. Paterson College in 2013, moving from Head of the Academic Talent Development and Learning Enhancement faculties to Deputy Head of Junior School in 2015.


Toni Kirton – Director of Positive Education and Leadership

The role of the Director of Positive Education and Leadership is to develop Positive Education, Service Learning, Student Leadership, Staff Wellness and Community Engagement across the P-12 campus of the College.

Toni Kirton was appointed to this newly-created position in January 2016, after commencing at the College in 2014 as the Career and Guidance Counsellor.  Ms Kirton has held various positions in both State and Independent schools including: Teacher, Year Level Co-ordinator, Student Advisor and School Counsellor.  Ms Kirton considers herself a lifelong learner, which is evidenced by her commitment to her professional development, having completed a Master of Education, majoring in Educational Leadership, and a Master of Educational Studies, majoring in Guidance and Counselling.

Afzal Shariff – Director of ICT Services

The Director of ICT Services is responsible for the IT infrastructure of the College and ensures that the stakeholder satisfaction is at optimum level. The role encompasses delivering technology to classrooms and seamless integration of IT into pedagogy.

Afzal Shariff also oversees the ICT Infrastructure Development in the College, and liaises with the stakeholders to ensure that the implementation of Infrastructure Development is in line with the College’s ICT vision and business goals.

Prior to joining A.B. Paterson College, Mr Shariff was employed as IT Manager at a local independent school and as a Director of IT at Brisbane Boys College. Mr Shariff also worked in the tertiary education sector for 10 years for Queensland University of Technology and later joining QLD Police Service.

Mr Shariff has a Bachelor of Information Technology degree (majoring in Information Management) and an Associate Diploma in electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology.


Julianne Searle - Director of the Early Childhood Centre

The Director of the Early Childhood Centre is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Early Childhood Centre, ensuring the high quality standards in relation to the National Quality Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework and the national services laws and regulations are maintained. Julianne leads a strong and dedicated team of Early Childhood Educators, who work closely together in the development and facilitation of appropriate and meaningful programmes for children attending the service

Julianne Searle joined A.B. Paterson College in 2012, after working in Junior Kindy Room for 5 years and was promoted to her current position in March 2016. Julianne has worked in the Early Education sector for 15 years holding an Advanced Diploma in Children’s and Community Services.