College Council

Redeemer Lutheran College is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District. The Church appoints, and delegates local governance responsibility to the Redeemer Lutheran College Council. This body is responsible for the appointment of the Principal, broad policy setting, the strategic vision, master plan, building programs, financial and risk management, and the ethos and well-being of the College. 

There are up to ten members with backgrounds in areas including education, finance, theology, law and business drawn from the Lutheran Church. They meet with the management team of the college on a monthly basis. They also have a number of sub committees which meet regularly. 

The Council ensures that the College operates in accordance with the confessions and practice of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

The current members of the College Council are:

Chair Ms Sarah Dixon
Vice Chair Mr Andrew Spyropoulos
Secretary Mr Ross Warbrooke
Members Ms Margit Hubbers
Mr Cameron Jaggers
Rev Michael Mayer
Mrs Judy Powell
Mr James Tan
Consultants Mr Shaun McKenzie

Profiles

Sarah Dixon

Position on College Council: Chair of College Council.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Communication), Graduate, AICD; Justice of the Peace (Qualified); Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: I’m the Executive Director - Strategic Communication and Engagement at Gold Coast Health. In this role, I report to the Chief Executive of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and am a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance: Prior to my current role, I enjoyed more than 15 years’ experience as a corporate communication practitioner at the forefront of Australian public affairs. I have been a trusted advisor to many of the country’s largest companies, and I bring all of what I’ve learned in this context to the College Council table.

Association to the College: I’m a past student (class of 1997).

Home church/congregation: I am baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, and call Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Woongoolba (where I grew up) and Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale (where I met my husband), home.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: In addition to volunteering on College Council, I also serve as a Trustee Director of Lutheran Super, the super fund for employees of the Lutheran Church of Australia, and am Chair of the Community Engagement committee.

Summary of community service: I’m a Director of Teen Rescue Foundation, a national charitable Trust which provides financial support to Australian organisations at the front-line of initiatives addressing teen alcohol consumption. Teen Rescue Foundation was established by Tyson and Rachael Stelzer (College parents and Rachael is a Redeemer Chaplain), to combat underage alcohol abuse. Over the past four years, the Trust has raised more than $85,000 for those at the front-line of this issue.

Where did you go to school?: Redeemer Lutheran College (class of 1997, nee Ferguson) and Bethania Lutheran Primary School.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: I was blessed with many great teachers while at Redeemer College, and also many great friends. I consider my girlfriends, many of whom also attended the College, as Redeemer’s greatest gift to me.


Andrew Spyropoulos

Position on College Council: Vice Chair.

Qualifications: AICD NMAS Accredited Mediator; Grad Dip Strategic Management; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Entrepreneur with international expertise in food distribution: Specialist in Seafood and Fine Food Marketing.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance: Negotiation, Analytical, Jesus Focussed.

Association to the College: Parent.

Home church/congregation: St Marks Lutheran Church, Mt Gravatt.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Member, District Church Council; Chair, Constitution Committee, LCAQD; Treasurer, St Mark’s Early Learning Centre.

Where did you go to school?: Cairo, Egypt/Athens.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: Community feeling; Association with Church/Ethos


Ross Warbrooke

Position on College Council: Secretary.

Qualifications: BE(Civil), Served on LCAQD committees and my local Church Council and Parish Council over the years; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Civil/Structural Engineer.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: An ability to plan to achieve objectives, critically review the details of proposals for consistency.

Association to the College: Parent.

Home church/congregation: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tingalpa.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Served as Congregational Chair for about 5 years, served as Parish Chair for about 13 years, currently Elder at Good Shepherd, Tingalpa, chaired the organising committee for the 1982 Lutheran Youth of Australia, Assembly (about 400 attendees) held in Brisbane, Zone Chair for Lutheran Youth of Queensland South Metropolitan and South Coast Zone, Chair of Calvary, Carina Lutheran Youth Group for about 3 years.

Summary of community service: Apart from my service to the church, I have served on the Structural Committee for Institution of Engineers, Australia, Queensland Division.

Where did you go to school?: Camp Hill Primary School and Camp Hill High School.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: The sense of community and the encouragement it gives to my children for their own faith.


Margit Hubbers

Role on College Council: As well as being on Council, I am a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committees.

Qualifications: Dip T (Primary and Special Schools); B Ed, Grad Dip Special Education; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Now retired (as of July 2015), but I was a Learning Support and Special Needs Teacher.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: An understanding of the education process from different points of view - as an educator and as a parent. My Christian faith so that the College will always have its ‘Hope In Christ’.

Association to the College: I am a Past Parent (2001 – 2007) of the College and also a Past Staff Member (2002 – 2009).

Home church/congregation: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: I am currently a Deacon at Our Saviour. Also a past Chair of the congregation and past member of the Governance Council. I am also currently Secretary of the District Church Council of the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District. I sing in the church choir, and am on the roster for reading during the service, prayer and morning tea.

Summary of community service: Helping with the Tuesday morning Playgroup that meets in the MPC. Coffee after the Junior School Chapel Service each week.

Where did you go to school?: I grew up in Kingaroy and attended the local Primary and Secondary schools. I did my teacher training at what was then called Mount Gravatt Teachers’ College, now Griffith University.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: That the College is concerned about the whole child/student, not just their brains. The educational (learning), physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of each student is important so that they can become caring and compassionate global citizens of the future. The close partnership between the College and the Our Saviour congregation is also very important to me.


Cameron Jaggers

Role on College Council: Member of College Council.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Professional Accounting, CA and Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: I work for a leading international professional services firm specialising in Governance, Risk Management and Contract and Project Advisory.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Financial Management, Governance and Risk, Audit, Christian values and beliefs.

Association to the College: Current Parent.

Home church/congregation: Runcorn Christian Church.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: I serve my church community as a Board Member and Treasurer of Runcorn Christian Church. My wife and I also host a small group at our home each fortnight and are involved in various church activities.

Summary of community service: I am on the management committee of an Indigenous not for profit organisation who provides vocational pathways for members of the Ingenious Community in the western corridor of Brisbane by providing education and support services and am a member of the Noosa Shire Council Audit Committee which is an advisory committee to Council to review the financial and risk management attributes of Council.

Where did you go to school?: John Paul College.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: (1) The strong Christian values and beliefs of the school and the Redeemer community. (2) The holistic approach to education which enables students to excel in academic endeavours but not at the expense of their mental and spiritual growth and development.


Rev Michael Mayer

Role on College Council: Member of College Council.

Qualifications: B Sc (Hons), B Th, Grad Dip RE, Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Lutheran Pastor, Chaplain at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: I am trained in Lutheran theology and understanding. I served on St Peters Lutheran College Council 2001-2010. I have worked as a Chaplain at St Peters Lutheran College since 2011.

Association to the College: The founding Head of Redeemer was my much-valued English teacher at St Peters Lutheran College.

Home church/congregation: St Peters Lutheran congregation, Indooroopilly.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: LCA Pastor 1986 – present serving in Canberra, Esperance-Kalgoorlie Boulder (WA) and Corinda. Currently on Lutheran Youth of Queensland Council.

Summary of community service: RE teaching/coordinating in Esperance and Corinda.

Where did you go to school?: Ironsides Primary, St Peters Lutheran College.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: Committed staff, good link between congregation and school, the way it has nurtured and encouraged many students in their faith.


Judy Powell

Role on College Council: Member of College Council.

Qualifications: BA, Dip Ed, MEd; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Retired teacher / Administrator.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: My Master’s degree had a large component of theology and leadership, both of which are relevant to my role on Governance Council. As a former staff member of the college, I have a knowledge and understanding of the school’s ethos and history. My experience as both a classroom teacher and an administrator at Redeemer serves to inform my contributions to Governance discussions and decision making. Many of my former colleagues still work at the college and I believe that they trust me to serve on the council. As a former member of the Governance Council at another Lutheran College, and as Chair of the Governance Council of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, I am able to bring my experience from these councils to my role at Redeemer.

Association to the College: Past parent 1991-1998; English teacher at Redeemer 1990–1996; Acting Assistant to the Headmaster at Redeemer 1996–June 1998; Founding Head of Middle School at Redeemer July 1998–2012; College Council member 2017 - present.

Home church/congregation: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Chair of Congregation 2014 - present; Chair of Our Saviour Governance Council (2014 - present); Deacon, Lector, Steward, Choir member, Coordinator of Helping Hands Blanket Ministry, Synod delegate, Author of LCAQD Synod Popular Report.

Summary of community service: Co-founder of PIPA – a support group for families of Preterm Babies; Girls’ Brigade Captain 79th Brisbane, Assistant Divisional Commissioner; Helping Hands Van – Coordinator of Blanket Ministry, joint leader of Bible Study at Housing Commission complex.

Where did you go to school?: I attended Moorooka State School and Brisbane State High School, followed by University of Queensland and Luther Seminary (now called Australian Lutheran College).

What do you like most about Redeemer?: Special aspects about Redeemer include the college ethos and the genuine effort to ensure that all decisions and actions are gospel-based. For many years Redeemer has been known in the community as the “caring school”. I appreciate the college’s desire to enable the holistic and individual development of each student, and the fact that all students can “have a go” at learning a new sport, a musical instrument etc. The opportunities for participation are not there just for the best performers. I appreciate the striving for academic excellence, coupled with the access to support for students who find academic learning difficult. I love the fact that friendships made at the college are still enduring decades after the students have graduated, and the fact that so many past students are now parents of Redeemer. I appreciate that Redeemer asks, “What can we do for your child?” not “What can your child so for our school?”.


James Tan

Role on College Council: As well as being on Council, I am a member of the Finance and Risk sub-committees.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Master of Business (Finance), Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Lawyer.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: I have legal experience in Family Law, Commercial/Civil Litigation and Not-for-profits/Charity/Education law. I believe that the practice of law is an extension of my calling as a Christian to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.

Association to the College: Supporter and Neighbour – I live in a neighbouring suburb.

Home church/congregation: Chinese Methodist Church Australia – Eight Mile Plains Congregation.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Prior to coming on to the Redeemer Council, I served on my local Church Council as Secretary for 2 years. I was previously also a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Group Leader, and I currently serve in Church on the Sunday School Committee and as a Small Group Leader.

Summary of community service: My community service has been predominantly through the activities of the Church.

Where did you go to school?: I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I completed my prep, primary and high school there at a British International School called Garden International School, and the International Stream of the Boarding School Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: I love working alongside a team of extremely capable and caring Christ-focused people, being the various members of the College Council and College Management, which I believe also filters down to all aspects of the Redeemer Community.


Shaun McKenzie

Role on College Council: Consultant and member of the Finance and BGT Committees.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business; Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety and Industrial Relations; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: HR Manager – Golding.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Human Resources & Industrial Relations; Organisational Capability & Leadership Development; Business Acumen; Risk & Governance; Workplace Health & Safety.

Association to the College: Past student (Class of 1991) with 2 children at the school..

Where did you go to school?: Redeemer Lutheran College (Class of 1991).

What do you like most about Redeemer?: The holistic approach to the growth and development of our students – academic, sporting, arts, cultural and community.


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