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Board Member Profiles

Craig Mercer – Chairman

Craig Mercer is a town planner of approximately 24 years experience and the co-owner of a boutique town planning, architectural and project management consultancy business. He has worked extensively throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and consulted on projects in South East Asia and the Middle East. He is also an Adjunct Professor to the Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management School of Bond University, and a member of the Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) Property Consultant Reference Group. In his spare time Craig manages his son’s AFL Football Team. He is a Church Elder and member of Indooroopilly Uniting Church, and co-coordinator of its Sunday School program.

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston is Operations Manager at ABB Australia and has over ten years senior management experience in businesses ranging from small start-up operations to multinational organisations. His qualifications in engineering and business have been complemented by roles providing broad exposure to all aspects of business management including finance, HR, strategic planning, business systems development and general operations.

Scott’s two daughters have attended The Lakes College since 2006 and his wife is a member of the teaching staff. In his spare time he has been actively involved in the life of the college including the roles of Parents & Friends’ Association Vice President – Fundraising (2006 – 2008), Event Director of The Lakes College Fun Run (2007 – present) and TLCCA Trivia Quizmaster (2006 – present). Scott was appointed to the Board of The Lakes College in November 2008.

Peter Solly

Peter is a Director of KMW Accountants. As an accountant and business consultant, Peter specialises in profitable business growth, successful strategy implementation, and succession planning for small businesses. His expertise is in showing small business how to grow.

Peter is a foundation parent of The Lakes College and his daughter was one of the first Year 3 cohort of students at the College in 2005. He was involved with the founding of The Lakes College Parents and Friends’ Association, and has assisted the Board with specific projects prior to joining the Board in November 2012. In his spare time, Peter mentors a number of business owners and plays golf and ten pin bowls for leisure.

Pam Hall

Pam Hall is an educational consultant supporting schools and school leaders in improving performance. Pam served as the Head of Primary at St John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake, from 2005 until retiring from full-time work in December 2013. In 2013 Pam was awarded a Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders for outstanding educational leadership leading to improved student outcomes, and for mentoring future school leaders. During her time as the Head of Primary, Pam was a key player in the process of enacting significant cultural change across the College and in addition has undertaken a full renewal of the curriculum. In 2010 The Primary Campus was named as one of Independent Schools Queensland’s Centre’s of Excellence in supporting teacher education.

Pam has played many roles in the educational field that have contributed to her expertise in curriculum review and development, leading cultural change, building school community capacity, and mentoring. She spent nine years teaching at a variety of age-levels and has also served as an Educational Adviser for Literacy & Numeracy across Central Queensland. Hall also worked in Education Queensland’s Central Office assisting in the development and implementation of the English Syllabi, Year Two Diagnostic Net, and strategic planning and review. Pam spent two years lecturing at CQU Gladstone Campus while fulfilling the role of Performance Measurement Officer for Gladstone District Office. In addition, Pam was foundation Deputy Principal for at Forest Lake State High School and there oversaw the Middle School (Years 7 to 9) creating both a curriculum and operational structure reflecting research on best practice in middle schooling.

Lynne Doneley

Lynne has been the Executive Officer of Associated Christian Schools since 2010. Prior to taking up this role she was Executive Officer of the Queensland branch of Christian Schools Australia. Lynne was Principal of Genesis Christian College for eleven years, has taught in state and private schools as well as Christian independent schools in Queensland and interstate. Lynne is a member of the Christian Heritage College Council and is a member of three Christian school boards, including Board Chair of Gulf Christian College, an indigenous school located in Normanton. She has lectured in university summer schools and coordinated a pilot program in schools in conjunction with IBM and the University of Sydney. Lynne has a Masters of Educational Administration, Masters of Education and is a member of the Australian College of Educators, Australian College of Educational Leaders, CEFPI and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gary Adsett

Gary Adsett has spent the majority of his career (27 years) working in the not-for-profit sector in areas ranging from sports administration, event management and most recently community service. For the past 3.5 years he has been the Group Manager, Social Impact, YMCA of Brisbane. In this role he manages a school which enrols secondary aged students who have disengaged from mainstream education; community housing; mentoring program; disability programs and Queensland’s largest Schools’ Breakfast Program. His main focus in the not-for-profit sector is providing services and programs which promote a positive social outcome, are sustainable from a financial and human perspective and create pathways for growth. For the past seven years he was the P&C President of the School that his children attended. He still is a very keen hockey player and currently working with a group of people to create a Uniting Church presence in the Ripley Valley, Ipswich.

Contact: To contact the Board, please email: tlcboard@thelakes.qld.edu.au.