As Grace is a community, so too is our leadership approach collaborative.
Student leaders, Management staff and the College Council all work together to create continued development, holistic growth and empowerment for all college residents.
The Grace College Student Club facilitates the involvement of our residents in all the inter-college competitions and events. They also make sure we have plenty of in-house activities too!
Whether you want to compete in “College Idol”, Athletics or “Dancefest”, there’s something fun and exciting for everyone. The Student Club organises social events such as the “@Home”, Puppies & Pancakes and the annual Ball. The Student Club ensures your residency at Grace is fun, healthy and provides ample opportunities to embrace your competitive spirit.
The Student Club Executive together with the Resident Assistants form the Student Leadership Team (SLT).
Resident Assistants are senior students employed by the college to assist with practical support, community development and pastoral care within the College. RAs meet with the Deputy Principal each week to discuss resident issues and strategies for undertaking their roles. The Senior RA has a support role to the Deputy Principal in helping to coordinate the RA team.
Resident Assistants together with the Student Club Executive form the Student Leadership Team (SLT).
The Personal Formation Team (PFT) is a group of voluntary student leaders selected by the Principal or elected by the Student Club to assist residents in their growth and development as individuals. The team is made up of three types of convenors: Faith & Life, Care, and Wellness.
Faith & Life Convenors
Faith & Life Convenors are residents chosen by the Principal in consultation with the Deputy Principal. Their core role is to provide opportunities for residents to encounter and explore a variety of faith traditions and perspectives, to arrange for opportunities for various traditions to worship and pray together, and to put residents in touch with faith resources available in the local community.
Wellness Convenors are senior residents chosen by the Principal in consultation with the Deputy Principal. The core role of a Wellness Convenor is to provide opportunities for residents to encounter and explore various perspectives on a range of social, personal and political issues; and to discuss varying values, attitudes, beliefs and perspectives.
The Care Convenors are elected by the Student Club to raise resident awareness of a range of community service and fundraising opportunities; and to coordinate the College’s involvement in the ICC Community Cup. This competition is focussed on environmental sustainability and community service.
The Grace College Council is made up of 15 voting members with 10 of those being appointed by our 3 institutional stakeholders—The University of Queensland, The Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) and The Presbyterian Church of Queensland. Unlike many similar bodies, the Council also includes alumni and residents.
The Grace College Council consists of:
- 6 members appointed by The Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) (UCA);
- 3 members appointed by the Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Qld (PCQ);
- 2 members elected by the Grace College Student Club Inc. (GCSC);
- 3 members appointed from alumni of the College;
- 1 member appointed by the Senate of The University of Qld (UQ); and
- the Principal of the College (non-voting member)
- the Dean of Students (non-voting member)
The current Dean of Students is also the Deputy Principal.
2023 Voting Members
From 1 January 2023, the voting members of the Grace College Council are:
- Mr Nigel Fairbairn (UCA), Chairperson
- Prof. Karen Benson (UQ), Deputy Chairperson
- Mrs Michelle Stickley (Alum), Secretary
- Mr John Lister (UCA), Treasurer
- Mr Neil Ballment (UCA)
- Rev. Karen Ross (UCA)
- Mrs Kylie Sessa (UCA)
- Rev. Dona Spencer (UCA)
- Rev. Graeme McKay (PCQ)
- Ms Josie King (Alum)
- Ms Seongeun Choi (GCSC)
- Ms Felicity Sayer (GCSC)
Visit Governance for more about our strategic priorities, annual reports and college constitution.
The college management team helps run the college day-to-day, working closely with the RAs, Student Club Executive and Personal Formation Team (PFT) to support residents.
In 2023, the Grace college management team consists of :
- Roxana Paterson – Acting Principal (Deputy Principal)
- Sophie Simpson – Acting Dean of Students (Associate Dean)
- Ron Meintjes – Business Manager
- Jeff Thorburn – Facilities Manager
- Lou Nugent – Head Chef
These senior managers are supported by team of staff including:
- Executive Assistant to the Principal
- Associate & Assistant Deans
- Kitchen & Dining Room Assistants
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