Meet our board.
Professor Mackenzie returns to USQ having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before she took up senior executive positions at Bond University: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law. Prior to joining USQ in 2007 she held various senior roles at QUT, and served on QUT Council for nine years. She has had a strong commitment throughout her career to widening participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, flexible learning opportunities and encouraging a strong link between the University and business, government, industry and the community.
In addition to her extensive organisational leadership experience, Professor Mackenzie has a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales and many years’ experience teaching in higher education. Her research interests are in law and public policy. A Barrister-at-Law and lawyer since 1985, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Professor Mackenzie has held a number of senior positions at State and Federal level including Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC (Research) Committee; Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women; Chair, NSW DVC (Research) Committee; Chair, RUN Research group; Chair, RUN Executive Women; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and was an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
Professor Mackenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an experienced company director.
Prof. Geraldine Mackenzie
Bob has served in many capacities over his working life. At Ipswich Hospital he arranged for upgrading its status to a teaching hospital for the University of Queensland and was responsible for establishing an effective program exposing students to both primary and secondary levels of paediatric care. He subsequently negotiated with the Royal Australian College of Physicians to establish a rotating paediatric registrar ship accredited for basic training. In 1991 Ipswich Hospital became the first nontertiary hospital within Australia to be so accredited. He served for 36 years as a Member and Chair of the Ipswich Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team for West Moreton region.
Bob has been proactive in developing health care services throughout the West Moreton Region since 1991 when he was appointed to the West Moreton Regional Health Authority Board. He has since served at the highest level after subsequently being appointed to the West Moreton Regional Health Council and then as a foundation Member of the West Moreton Hospital health services Board in 2012.
Bob continues to serve as a Member of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation Board since his appointment in 2000. Over the years he has been involved in many initiatives as chair of the Grants and Health Initiative Committee and sponsored healthy communities research with the University of Queensland. Bob has also served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of St Andrews Hospital Ipswich since 2006.
Bob has been an active member of community service clubs, as a Board Member of the Moggill-Mt Crosby club for over 30 years and more recently as a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Ipswich City as its Director of Fundraising. Bob has held many other positions over the years particularly on the Board of the Asthma Foundation of Queensland and the Epilepsy Association of West Moreton and has contributed many articles and presentations to the local press, the family Medicine Program and to his College. He has received many citations and honours, most recently the 2014 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, a Queen’s Baton Holder for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 West Moreton Child Protection Award. He also was awarded the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship for outstanding Community Service, its highest citation, in 1994.
Dr. Bob McGregor
Sue holds qualifications in education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has held numerous advisory and policy development roles at local, state and national government levels, and has won awards as a business and community leader, including the 2009 Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award. Sue and her family have a long association with the West Moreton Community having first lived in Ipswich in 1982.
With a background of development manager/director roles with both private and public sector development projects, Greg has extensive business management experience and has demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, change management, commercial negotiation and stakeholder management and communication.
In August 2018, Greg was appointed by the Queensland Government as Interim Administrator of Ipswich City Council following dissolution of the Council by the Queensland Parliament. Greg was responsible for ensuring Ipswich City Council delivered accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable local governance in the best long term interests of Ipswich residents and ratepayers. This involved a significant program of reform and refocus of the council, towards leading local governance principles, policies and operations.
He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Moreton Bay Regional Council, the third largest local government in Australia. Greg is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has been a Director of a range of companies over the past 28 years. Greg joined the Board in December 2019.
Margaret served on the Queensland Heritage Council (1998-2006) including three years as Deputy Chair. She was also Councillor of the National Trust of Queensland (1997-2003), including terms as Vice President and Secretary, and an executive member of the Professional Historians Association at state and national level (1995-2003).
Margaret joined the Board in January 2020.
Dr. Margaret Cook
She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health, Bachelor of Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Adjunct Professorship at The University of Queensland. Kerrie is also a Board Director for Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, a research collaborative.
Before joining West Moreton Health as Chief Executive, Kerrie led health services in New Zealand, remote Queensland and quaternary health services at Children’s Health Queensland. She also has senior executive experience in purchasing health services ($11.5 billion), implementing large scale digital change (>$30 million), redeveloping hospital infrastructure ($>168 million) and leading organisational cultural improvement.
Her driving passion is to serve the community, ensuring health services meet community needs and expectations by taking a population health approach to health strategy.
Dr. Kerrie Freeman
Laura is a CPA member and has had various roles within compliance, financial management and strategy development. Currently working as Commercial Director (CFO) and Company Secretary at Stuartholme School, Laura’s accomplishments have included leading the development of new risk management framework, launching a fundraising strategy based on building community, and improving financial stability of the school through years of funding changes.
Over the past ten years, Laura has team leader, mentor and participant in the Can Too Program fundraising for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation in both Sydney and Brisbane. An Ipswich local, Laura became a Board Member with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation in October 2020.
Vivienne holds qualifications in Journalism, Marketing and has a Master of Business majoring in Communication Management. She is a member with both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Fundraising Institute of Australia and is on the board of MS Queensland where she chairs the Philanthropic Relations Committee
Since 2018, Vivienne has worked as the Development Manager, Philanthropy for the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), a national not for profit which exists for the greater good of rural, regional and remote Australia. Her experience at the ARLF and in previous NFP roles, gives her an understanding of the issues and challenges that NFPs face. Vivienne became an Ipswich Hospital Foundation Board Member in October 2020.