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The Southport School Council

The Southport School was founded in 1901, and is a member of the Great Public Schools' (GPS) Association of Queensland. The School embodies a rich history of tradition which has made it one of the leading private Schools in Australia. It is the only boys’ School on the Gold Coast and the only boys’ boarding School.

The School is governed by the School Council consisting of 13 members.

Council Members:

Chairman:

Mr Fraser Perrin
LLB (QIT)
(Profile)

Deputy Chairman:

Mr Paul Steer
B.Bus (Accounting) (QUT), CA
(Profile)

Members:

Mr Greg Wain
MBA(UNE), MEd Admin(UNSW), BEd(UNE), DipTeach(WASTC), MACE, FAIM, KSJ
(Profile)

The Reverend Canon Bruce Maughan OAM
RFD, BA, DipEd (UQ), ThDip (ACT), MACE, GCSJ
(Profile)

Mr Bruce Wright
(Profile)

Mr Peter Graham
(Profile)

Mr Duncan Brown
Licenced Builder
(Profile)

Dr Ray McNamara
FCPA, BBus(QUT), MBA (UQ), PhD (UQ)
(Profile)

Mrs Amanda Lobwein
(Profile)

Dr Michael Blumenstein
BSc, BIT(Hons), PhD, MACS, MIEEE
(Profile)

Mr Ross Cardiff
BCom (Grif) PGDipFinMan (UQ) CPA
(Profile)

Mr Greg Rix
(Profile)

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Mr Fraser Perrin

LLB (QIT)

Mr Perrin was appointed to Council in 2003. He is a qualified solicitor (Queensland Institute of Technology) and the principal partner of Perrin Partners Solicitors. A second generation Old Boy of the School, Mr Perrin attended The Southport School from 1978 to 1984 and was School Captain in his final year. A keen sportsman and a member of Radcliffe House, Mr Perrin was captain of the 1st XV as well as a Senior CUO with Cadets. He maintained his sporting career during tertiary studies playing with the Gold Coast Eagles and captaining the premiership side in 1988 before joining Souths in Brisbane and playing with the club from 1991 to 1993, again captaining the team when it won the premierships in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
Mr Perrin also has represented Queensland in Rugby Union between 1989 and 1992.

 

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B.Bus(Accounting), QUT, CA

Finance Committee
Mr Steer was appointed to Council in 2003. He is the managing partner of KPMG on the Gold Coast and currently chairs the Finance Committee of the School Council. Mr Steer specialises in the provision of audit services to listed public companies and medium size business enterprises including audit, strategic planning, risk management assessment, capital raisings and due diligence investigations. Mr Steer holds a Bachelor or Business and is a qualified accountant and his specialist areas of practice are property, hospitality, retail and the ICE sector. He also acts for a variety of clients from listed public companies to emerging businesses. He is currently an advisory board member of the Gold Coast IT inQbator and a director of the non-profit organisation, Founders Forum Limited.

 

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Mr Greg Wain

MBA(UNE), MEd Admin(UNSW), BEd(UNE), DipTeach(WASTC), MACE, FAIM, KSJ

Mr Wain was appointed to Council at the same time as his appointment as Headmaster to The Southport School in 2004. Mr Greg Wain was born in Perth, Western Australia. After leaving School, Mr Wain spent two years as a jackeroo on a large sheep station in the North West before completing a Diploma of Teaching. He taught Mathematics and Science at Scotch College in Perth for several years before moving to Sydney to teach at The Scots College, a GPS boys’ boarding school. During his 14 years at Scots, where at various times he held the positions of Senior Day Housemaster, Boarding Housemaster and Head of Mathematics, Mr Wain studied part-time for three degrees; a Bachelor of Education (UNE) a Master of Educational Administration (UNSW) and a Master of Business Administration (UNE). In 1995 Mr Wain moved to Brisbane with his wife, Katrina, and daughter, Sophie, to take up the position of Deputy Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School. Mr Wain was Principal of Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane for four years before taking up appointment as Headmaster at The Southport School.

 

The Reverend Canon Bruce Maughan OAMa picture

RFD, BA, DipEd (UQ), ThDip (ACT), MACE, GCSJ

Canon Maughan was appointed to Council as the Archbishop’s nominee in 1998. Formerly a member of the School’s academic staff (1959 -1988), he was Delpratt Housemaster for 22 years (1966-1988) and Master of the Senior Secondary School (Years 11 and 12) from 1979 to 1986. Other School positions included Master-in-Charge of Debating and Public Speaking (1959-1976), Officer of Cadets (Officer Commanding 1973-1976), coach of the 3rd XV for 20 seasons and a referee, and School Librarian. At the time of his appointment, he also was, and is, Chairman of Cannon Hill Anglican College Council (from 1996), and a member of the Diocesan Council. A member of the Cathedral Chapter as a Residentiary Canon from 1992, Canon Maughan also is the Queensland Priory Chaplain of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller (Knight Grand Cross of Justice), a member of King’s College Council, University of Queensland (since 1972), and a Fellow of that College. A member of the Army Reserve for 28 years, reaching the rank of Major, he was ordained deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1989, and is currently the Rector of the Anglican Parish of Camp Hill with Norman Park.

 

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Mr Wright was appointed to the School Council in 2005. He is an Old Boy having attended TSS between 1976 and 1985 and is the current President of the OSA (Old Southportonians’ Association – TSS Alumni 15,000 members). He is Director for a number of companies involved in Marketing & Events and Land Acquisition & Development.

Mr Wright’s experience is based on over two decades managing and consulting in a number of organisations focusing on marketing & strategy, restructuring, operation & logistics and project management in the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.  Mr Wright is also a Director of a successful marketing company running a range of events across eastern Australia including Primex Agricultural Field Days based in the Northern Rivers of NSW. A member of the School Council’s Finance and Building & Grounds Committees, Mr. Wright has served the OSA Council for 13 years and was appointed to the TSS Foundation in 2008 having been a member since 1989. In the past 3½ years Mr Wright has Chaired the Fundraising Steering Committee which has successfully delivered its objectives in the restructuring and launch of a new framework incorporating a whole of School engagement in philanthropy at TSS.

 

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Mr Graham was appointed to Council in 2005 and is the General Manager’s nominee. He is an Old Boy of the School and the CEO of ASX-listed company Allied Brands Limited which operates a franchise network of more than 80 retail stores nationally. Mr Graham is a long-time resident of the Gold Coast since 1953 and has been strongly involved in a variety of commercial activities in the region. He is currently a board member of the Gold Coast Indy car race and has served as a board member of Gold Coast Tourism, the Sea World Property Trust, Flag Inns Limited and Quality Pacific Hotels Limited. He was appointed by the Federal Government for two terms as a Commissioner of the Australian Tourist Commission and by the State Government to the Board of Tourism Queensland fulfilling positions over 10 years as director, deputy chairman and chairman.

 

 

 

 

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Mr Duncan Brown

Licenced Builder

Duncan Brown was appointed to TSS Council in January 2005.  Duncan has been involved in the construction and property industry in excess of 30 years and is currently involved in Property Management. Recently Duncan was accepted as an Associate member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers. Duncan has worked for a number of major local and international construction companies including Ron McMaster Constructions, Baulderstone-Hornibrook and Fletcher Constructions. Duncan is experienced in multi-million dollar Educational, Commercial, Government, Sporting, Multi-Story, Aged Care and Residential facilities some of these projects being completed in New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. Most notable local projects completed of late being the TSS Science Centre, All Saints Performing Arts Complex, Robina Library and Community Centre and the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, all of which have won Qld Master Builder Construction Awards. 

 

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FCPA, BBus(QUT), MBA (UQ), PhD (UQ)

Dr McNamara was appointed to Council in 2006.  He is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Bond University.  Dr McNamara is an academic with extensive experience in accounting, audit and finance in the private and public sectors. His industry experience covers retailing, efficiency auditing, project evaluation, share valuation, finance, manufacturing, with consultancies to a range of enterprises in the private and public sectors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mrs Amanda Lobwein

Mrs Amanda Lobwein was appointed to Council in 2008.  She lives in Toowoomba with her husband Shayne.  Amanda’s children attended Toowoomba Preparatory School as day students but were privileged to spend time as boarders at TSS during their primary years.  Two of her sons graduated from TSS in 2006 and 2008 and her other son is presently boarding in Delpratt House.  She also has a daughter who attends St Hilda’s.  Amanda has been involved with the Boarder Parent Support Group (BPSG) since 2002 when she took on the role as Delpratt representative. She also held the position of Boarding Coordinator for the BPSG for two years.

 

 

 

 

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BSc, BIT(Hons), PhD, MACS, MIEEE

Dr Michael Blumenstein is Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Information and Communication Technology at Griffith University.

Michael is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the areas of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He has published 69 papers in refereed conferences and journals. His research spans such topics as automated handwriting recognition, the analysis of video imagery for automatic object detection (surveillance) and numerous applications of Artificial Intelligence to the fields of Engineering, Environmental Science and Coastal Management. Michael has secured a number of internal/nationally competitive research grants to undertake these projects. Components of his research into the predictive assessment of beach conditions have been developed for use by local government agencies, coastal management authorities and in commercial applications.

Michael has been invited to serve as Organising Chair, Program Chair and Committee member for a number of national/international conferences in his areas of expertise. He is also the Gold Coast Chapter Convener of the Australian Computer Society.

 

Mr Ross Cardiffa picture

BCom (Grif) PGDipFinMan (UQ) CPA

Mr Cardiff is the Business Manager / Chief Financial Officer of the School and also the Secretary to the School Council and Foundation. Educated at Brisbane Boys’ College, Mr Cardiff had an early career in the Royal Australian Navy after which he studied Commerce at University majoring in Marketing and Information Technology. Postgraduate study in Accounting followed along with study and membership of CPA. Mr Cardiff has been involved in executive management in education at both Griffith University and the University of Queensland before moving to the secondary sector at Mt St Michael’s College in Brisbane where he was the Business Manager from 2004 to 2009 before taking up the appointment at The Southport school in March of 2009. He also has a career long interest in Superannuation which has included positions as a Consultative Committee member of Unisuper and as Trustee Director of the Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund. Mr Cardiff is married with two children.

 

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Managing Director

Greg Rix is a third generation Gold Coaster and is the joint managing director of Rix Developments (together with his Father Norm) which specialise in commercial and residential development. He is an Old Boy of the School, having attended The Southport School from 1972 to 1977.   He was awarded full School Colours on two occasions, once for Shooting and again for Community Service.  Greg was also a foundation member of Walker House in 1973.

Greg is a keen sportsman, being TSS shooting champion in 1976 and Captain of shooting in 1977.   He played professional squash, winning over a dozen tournaments, ranked number one on the Gold Coast for over a decade, Queensland Country Captain three years in a row and attained a ranking of number 7 in Queensland. Greg also became a Rugby Coach in 2004 and coached for 10 years at TSS Prep, taking the Prep First's to South Africa on two occasions.

Greg was elected as the TSS P&F President in 2007 and is currently serving his fourth term as President. He has served on several business advisory boards, including the inaugural Gold Coast Indy Business Board, Southport Gold Club Financial Board and appointed by the Queensland Government to The Board of Gold Coast TAFE. Greg was President of the Australian Small Business Association from 1987 to 1992. He remains a Brisbane Bronco Thoroughbred (being an inaugural member in 1988)  which is a business support/advisory group for the team. 

Greg is married to wife Wendy and both their Boys (Benjamin and Jacob) attended TSS.

 

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