MEET THE IH 2019 BOARD

International House’s Director, Dr Carla Tromans, has overall responsibility for the daily operation and administration of International House. Carla reports to the IH Board comprised of 10 to 12 individuals representing the university, IH Alumni, community groups, business, and government sectors. Two residents – the IH President and the Vice President of the IH Student Club represent the residents as observers of the Board.

The IH Board is responsible for setting the College vision and strategic direction as well as ensuring its long term financial sustainability.

OUR 2019 IH BOARD MEMBERS ARE:

PRESIDENT – MR CHRIS LEON

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Chris Leon has two decades of experience as a board member of private and public companies. He has wide ranging experience in agribusiness, manufacturing, logistics and mining with particular knowledge of mergers, transformational change, international business, complex structures and joint ventures.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Science Engineering, Masters of Engineering, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member Institution of Engineers Australia.

INTERESTS

Flying and gliding, cycling, surfing, skiing

DEPUTY PRESIDENT – MR PETER GIBSON

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Peter spent 24 years in financial services in corporate/commercial lending and senior human resource roles, and the past 17 in executive recruitment and search. Consequently he has deep experience in leadership and change management, especially cultural change.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Dip. in Business (Human Resource Management), Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

INTERESTS

Peter married fellow IH resident, Karen Gilmore and have two adult children together and two grandchildren.

HONORARY SECRETARY – MR NICK VINCENT

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Nick is the Founder of Tempt Marketing.  He has over 25 years experience in marketing strategy, working with businesses and management teams to help them make better connections, develop new ideas & strategies and ultimately become more profitable.

QUALIFICATIONS

BSc, Psychology; Ass.Dip Bus., HR/IR; Masters, Marketing Management

INTERESTS

Family, golf, sailing, start-up’s.

HONORARY TREASURER – MR DAVID JACKSON

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

David brings a broad range of experience in economics and finance that spans both the public and private sector. He has international experience working across areas such as corporate planning and strategy, commercial projects, economic analysis, and organisational change.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Business, Master of International Econmics and Finance, GAICD Company Directors Course.

INTERESTS

Spending time with family, long distance running, languages (Japanese and Chinese).

UQ SENATE REPRESENTATIVE – MR ROBERT MOFFATT AM

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Robert has over thirty years experience as an IT and telecommunications manager and executive leader in the public, commercial and higher education sectors. He is currently the Director of Information Technology Services (ITS) at UQ.

QUALIFICATIONS

Robert holds tertiary qualifications in humanities, management and engineering, including a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

INTERESTS

Robert is married to Kim and has two adult sons.

MEMBER – DR CARLA TROMANS

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Carla is the Director of International House and has been for over fifteen years. Carla has worked within education as a secondary teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal, across QLD and NT. In 2013 Carla was appointed to the UQ Senate (2014–2017).

QUALIFICATIONS

Ed D, Master of Educational Administration, Master of Education (Curriculum), Bachelor of Teaching, Diploma in Teaching and Teaching Certificate (Home Economics).

INTERESTS

Walking, travel, old movies, golf, fishing, guitar, reading, pilates and yoga.

MEMBER – MR ROSS LANDSBERG

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Having retired after being a partner in law firm Minter Ellison for 30 years, including 5 years as Managing Partner, Ross is now a consultant to the firm. Ross has acted in the delivery of many large infrastructure projects providing advice regarding the interface of commercial and construction issues.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Science (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Business Administration.

INTERESTS

Ross was until recently an active rugby referee (25 years), and plays golf and fishes with his sons when time permits.

MEMBER – MRS TERRY WOODCROFT

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Terry is an investment portfolio manager and small business mentor with more than thirty years international management experience. Her expertise has been developed in senior strategic roles in start-ups through to fortune 500 companies.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), MBA Technology Managment, GAICD Company Directors Course

INTERESTS

Terry’s interests include supporting Australian startup companies, Argentinian tango and going bush.

MEMBER – MS PETA IRVINE

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Peta is the CEO of Local Government Managers Aus. where she has steered the organisation though significant change and growth. She is experienced in strategic planning and advocacy and has developed significant leadership and management programmes. Peta is also a Non-Exec Director of health insurer, TUH.

QUALIFICATIONS

MBA, B Arts (Hons), History and Asian Studies, Dip Neuroscience of Leadership, Dip Financial Planning, Graduate Member AICD, Fellow Australian Institute of Management, Member Women on Boards.

INTERESTS

Cooking a wide variety of cuisines, sailing, reading and finding new things to learn.

MEMBER – MS KAREN GIBSON

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Karen is a company director for financial services companies in Australia and Papua New Guinea, with broad executive and board experience in financial services, focussed on superannuation, risk management, mergers and transformational change.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Science, MBA, Grad Dip Teach, Fellow Australian Institute of Management

INTERESTS

Travelling, reading, languages, and organic growing.

IHSC 2019 PRESIDENT – MR BENJAMIN WIESNER

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Benjamin was born in Germany and lived there for over 15 years. He grew up speaking German, English and French. Given his background, Benjamin loves the multicultural aspect of living at IH. His career ambition is to work on global environmental issues with organisations such as the UN.

QUALIFICATIONS

Benjamin is currently in his third year studying a Bachelor of Environmental Management at UQ.

INTERESTS

In his spare time Ben enjoys spending his time outdoors playing sports, climbing, hiking and rogaining.

IHSC 2019 VICE PRESIDENT – MR PIETER VAN DER HAVE

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Pieter is originally from the Netherlands but his family moved to Brisbane in 2004. Pieter is heavily involved in the cultural aspects of IH and enjoys debating and choralfest to name a few. He was a previous Rotary Club exchange student and still enjoys a close relationship with Rotary International.

QUALIFICATIONS

Pieter is in his third year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in International relations.

INTERESTS

Pieter enjoys choir and debating and is a keen scarf collector.

IH MASTERS

Hon Jeffrey Spender

International House annually appoints a Master of the College, whose main role is ceremonial in chairing the Colleges’ Annual General Meeting. The current master is The Hon, Jeffrey Spender QC, former High Court Judge.

Previous Masters have included:

  • 1996-  The Hon. Jeffrey Spender QC
  • 1990-95 Sir Llewlyn Edwards AC
  • 1980-89 Sir James Foots AO
  • 1971-79 Sir James Holt
  • 1966-70 Sir Manuel Hornibrook OBE

OUR FELLOWS

The position of Honorary Fellow was established by the International House Foundation Ltd Board to recognise those members of the college community who have distinguished themselves in service to IH and the community. Since 1965, these members have served the college collectively. They understand and have assisted in developing a “Community for Understanding”.

To be nominated as a fellow, the person must fall into one of the following categories and have regard to their association with IH:

  • Outstanding academic or professional distinction;
  • Outstanding service to the community;
  • Outstanding service to IH; and/or
  • Outstanding contribution to cultural diversity.

The following persons were invested as fellows on Sunday 19 May, 2019:

  • Mr Bruce Manser
  • Dr Nguyen Duc

The following persons were invested as fellows on Sunday 29 April, 2018:

  • Mr Graham Redding
  • Mr Grant Vinning
  • Mrs Meryl McKenzie

The following persons/association were invested as fellows on Sunday 9 April, 2017:

  • Dr Ian Keys
  • Dr John Teh AM
  • Dr John Morrison
  • Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA)

The following persons/association were invested as fellows on Sunday 14 June, 2015:

  • Dr David Watson
  • Rotary International
  • Mrs Helen Whitehead
  • Mr Graeme Baguley

The following persons were invested as fellows on Sunday 6 November, 2013:

  • Dr Neil Holm and Mrs Margaret Holm
  • Justice Jeffrey Spender
  • Dr Kay Pearse
  • Dr Brian Hirschfeld

The following persons were invested on Sunday 20 November, 2011:

  • Mr Stephan Trotter (dec. 2015)
  • Sir Clem Renouf
  • Mr Brian Knowles AM

The following persons were invested as fellows on Sunday 14 March, 2010:

  • Mr Des Martin
  • Mr John Boyd
  • Mr Graham Thomson AM
  • Mr Trevor Allingham (dec. 2011)
  • Mr Graham McHugh
  • Mr Bill McMillan

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