Our People


As The Southport School is a Diocesan Owned School, the governing body of the School is Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council Members

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall (Chair)
The Right Reverend Jeremy Greaves
The Right Reverend John Roundhill
The Right Reverend Cameron Venables
The Reverend Canon Nicole Colledge
The Venerable Geoffrey Hoyte
The Reverend Dr Rodney Wolff
The Reverend Dr Ceridwen Wynne
Ms Jennifer Basham
Ms Amy Norman
Mr Dan O’Connor
Judge Kevin Lapthorn
The Hon Justice Debra Mullins (Chancellor)
Mr David Sneesby
The Reverend Adam Lowe
The Hon Justice David Thomas (Deputy Chancellor)

Diocesan Council delegates certain governance functions to The Southport School Council via – The Southport School Charter

In circumstances where the Directors of the Governing Body must be provided with a report about sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse the Diocesan Council has, pursuant to Section 366B of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 delegated that role to Ms Sherril Butterworth – Executive Director of Anglican Schools Commission.

School Council Members

Mr Fraser Perrin



Mr Perrin was appointed to Council in 2003 and Chairman in 2010. He is a qualified solicitor (Queensland Institute of Technology).

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 as captain from 1991 to 1993, winning the premierships each of these years.

Mr Perrin also represented Queensland in Rugby Union between 1989 and 1992.

Mr Andrew Hawkins


BAAppSc (HMS), BEd(UQ) M.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (UQ)

Mr Hawkins was appointed to Council at the same time as his appointment as Headmaster to The Southport School in 2021.

Andrew Hawkins is the first Old Boy Headmaster of The Southport School. Mr Hawkins came to TSS as a boarder in McKinley House from Emerald. After graduating from TSS in 1995 as Vice-School Captain, Mr Hawkins ventured off on a Gap Year to the UK and it was here that he fell in love with teaching. After returning to Australia he studied a combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and Education degree at The University of Queensland with the sole purpose of becoming a PE Teacher. After a number of years teaching at state high schools in Brisbane and a Boarding Master at Brisbane Grammar School, Mr Hawkins took up a full-time PE teaching position at TSS in 2004. While at TSS, Mr Hawkins has held the roles of Physical Education Head of Department, Dean of Students Years 8 & 9, Dean of Students Years 10-12, Biddle Boarding Housemaster and Deputy Headmaster – Head of Senior School.

Mr Adam Twemlow

Chair Finance Committee

BBus (Accounting)

Mr Twemlow was appointed to School Council in 2013 and also to the position of Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Adam is a Partner at KPMG and has 15 years audit and advisory experience. He also has extensive experience in co-ordinating the audits of listed and unlisted public companies and large private companies.

Adam has significant experience working on the audits of mining and exploration companies and with businesses in the start-up phase.

Adam’s current and previous clients include Cockatoo Coal Limited, Planet Gas Limited, Biotron Limited, Callabonna Uranium Limited, Augur Resources Limited, Bolnisi Gold NL, Indigo Properties Australia Limited, Virotec Limited, Orrcon Holdings Pty Ltd and Life Settlements Funds Limited.

Adam’s skills and experience have been gained from working with public listed and unlisted companies, multinational companies, small and large proprietary companies, managed investment schemes and not-for-profit entities.

Adam has also gained a wide range of international exposure and spent several years in London with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc in the role of Group Treasury Financial Controller. Adam also spent time in the US with KPMG and was involved with US oil & gas companies.

Adam’s focus is on the development of exceptional client relationships and on high quality service delivery. Adam is committed to ensuring timely and productive assistance is provided to clients in order to meet their needs.

Mrs Leith McColl

BSocWk/Business Owner

Leith McColl owns and manages a sheep and cattle property 50 km East of Goondiwindi on the Dumeresq River, producing fat lambs, merino wool and Shorthorn cattle for the domestic market.

Leith was educated at Clayfield College and University of Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, majoring in Rural and Economic Development and worked in North Western Queensland and the Northern Territory in Aboriginal, Mining and Pastoral communities, before returning to Goondiwindi to work on the family Merino Stud.

Leith traveled extensively when her family were young, living overseas firstly outside Karachi, Pakistan (1993-95), Bangladesh 1995 and later in Nairobi, Kenya (2000-2003).

Leith has been involved with the Boarding community at TSS since 2005. She has three sons, Hadley Hickson (BID09) and currently Rowan, Year 12 and Sandy, Year 8 Biddle House.

Mr Nathan Quartermaine

BArch(Hons) MUrb Plan RAIA

Nathan Quartermaine was appointed to School Council and the Building & Grounds Committee in 2015. On graduating from The Southport School, Nathan was accepted into a Part-time Architecture degree at QUT. The part-time nature allowed him the flexibility to work while completing his studies. During this time he worked for Burling Brown and Partners. Nathan was fortunate to work in Asia and spent time as a Project Designer in Hong Kong. Once he completed his studies he left for a year to work in North America. As a Project Leader on works in Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago and Victoria he was able to travel extensively and this provided him with an understanding of Architecture and Urban planning. Nathan developed his portfolio with key commissions across various companies and cultures. A passion for Ecologically Sustainable Urban Development and innovative design is evident across his portfolio of large-scale and educational projects. In 2006 upon returning to Australia, Nathan became a Director of Burling Brown and Partners. In obtaining a Masters of Urban Planning, at the Bond School of Sustainability in 2010, he completed a range of Urban Development studies, developing an intimate understanding of the planning process.

Dr Christine Mirakian

Chair Education and Innovation Committee

Dr Mirakian was appointed to the Council in 2015.

Born in Melbourne, she attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and went on to complete her medical degree at Melbourne University in 1994. She moved to the Gold Coast for her internship at Gold Coast Hospital and later became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice. At the same time, she completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

With a keen interest in women’s and sexual health, she began work in 1997 as a Government Medical Officer examining sexual assault victims. This progressed to a part time career as a Forensic Medical Officer for Qld Health where she now delivers the full range of forensic services. In 2015 she completed her Masters of Forensic Medicine and was accepted as a Clinical Forensic Medicine Fellow at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine. She continues to work part time in general practice as well as Currumbin Clinic and Pindara Hospital where she sits on the Executive Committee and Medical Advisory Committee respectively.

Dr Mirakian is married and has two daughters who attend St Hilda’s School.

Mr Bentleigh Latimer

Mr Latimer was appointed to the School Council and the Building & Grounds Committee in 2020 and is currently Director of LJ Hooker Southport. He graduated from Knox Grammar School in Sydney in 1995, before heading to Emerald Agriculture Collage the following year. Mr Latimer’s father, Neill Latimer, a former Wallaby, was a TSS Old Boy and Mr Latimer’s son is a current student of the School.

Before moving to the Gold Coast in 2014, he owned and managed a large agricultural holding for over a decade, which provided him with valuable hands-on knowledge of how to run a multi-million dollar enterprise. In that time, he doubled the productivity of the business and helped to negotiate the successful sale of its two large cattle properties in 2013.

His superior negotiation and communication skills along with his experience in property management, residential and rural sales, livestock and grain marketing, has seen Ben achieve great results with LJ Hooker Southport.

Mr Latimer is extremely motivated and prides himself on honesty and integrity. His genuine, friendly nature is appreciated among his peers and those he deals with.

Mr Ross Cardiff

TSS CFO and Secretary to the School Council

BCom (Grif) PGDipFinMan (UQ) FCPA

Mr Cardiff is the 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.

Mr James Finucan

LLB, BBus(Accountancy) Griffith University

Mr Finucan was appointed to the School Council in June 2023. He attended Toowoomba Grammar School as a boarder and graduated in 1991. He was a member of the Toowoomba Grammar School First XV.

James has practiced as a solicitor for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of Finucan Lawyers, a boutique corporate and commercial practice. He has undertaken the role of lead lawyer on several ASX listings and private equity transactions.

He is the current Chairman of Vets Central, a privately-owned veterinary business with over 36 clinics and 500 employees. In this role, James provides leadership and support to the executive management team.

Mr Finucan is married with three children. His two sons attend TSS and his daughter attends St Hilda’s School.

James Finucan

Mr Adam Lacey

Chair Building & Grounds Committee


Mr Lacey was appointed to the School Council in 2022 and to the position of Chairman of the Building & Grounds Committee in 2023. He graduated from The Southport School in 1996.

Adam has a long career in property, having launched his career at Sunland Group before co-founding Onyx Property Group, which quickly appeared on the prestigious BRW Fast 100 list in 2014.

A finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards and Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Executive Committee (Gold Coast and Logan Branch) in 2015, Adam’s strong credentials in design, construction and development paved the way for the establishment of Lacey Group in 2015.

Mr Lacey is married with three young children one of which is enrolled to start at TSS from 2024.

Adam Lacey

Mrs Pauline Armstrong

Ms Armstrong was appointed to the School Council in June 2023. She was born in Queensland and attended a small country school until she left to board at St Margaret’s School, Brisbane for four years. She then attended the University of Queensland for 2 years.

After working for the Department of Labour Pauline left to go to the UK where she lived for three years. She worked in hospitality and then obtained a position with a fellow Australian, Robert Stigwood, who managed high profile entertainers.

On returning home she was appointed as an Employment Officer with the Commonwealth Employment Service, and eventually became a manager.

Pauline has two sons, Daniel and Matthew and seven grandchildren and, as a former TSS parent, has had a longstanding connection to the TSS community.

The Gold Coast has been her home for over 40 years.

Pauline Armstrong