Our Board

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall
BSc, Grad Dip RE, BD (Hons), PhD, MBA
Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane
Dr Phillip Aspinall became the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane in February 2002. His previous appointment was as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide, a position he took up in June 1998. He was ordained Deacon in 1988 and Priest in 1989, both in Tasmania. He retired from the positions of President of the South Australian Council of Churches and Chair of Anglicare Australia, in order to take up his present position in Brisbane. The Archbishop has served as a member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia since 1995.

Douglas Porter
BA (Hons), Hon DEcon, FAIM, GAICD
Director, Unimutual Limited
Douglas Porter was formerly the Secretary and Registrar for the University of Queensland. He has extensive experience in the tertiary sector both locally and overseas. Douglas is currently the Director of Unimutual Limited and associated companies and trusts. He is the Chair of St John’s College Council, ANFIN and FSC. He is adviser to Laureate International Universities and the Former Director of Uniquest Pty Limited, Uniseed Limited and UQ Sport Limited.

Rex Isherwood
F Fin

Rex Isherwood is an experienced financial administrator with extensive management experience in a broad range of areas including corporate, international, commercial and retail banking. His most recent role in a Chartered Accountant’s firm involves helping a variety of clients restructure their businesses in the areas of management policies, SWAT analysis and reviewing financial structure. Rex has previously worked for a major Australian bank for more than 35 years holding positions in corporate & retail banking, international banking both onshore and off, and credit management at Head Office and State levels.

Anthony Weder
B Econ, ASA, CFTP (Snr)
Tony has more than 25 years of banking, finance and treasury experience. In his most recent role, he was Treasurer of QIC with responsibility for managing the liquidity, financial risk and debt requirements of the business and products. Tony has held a variety of finance and treasury roles with National Australia Bank, State Bank of Victoria, J Henry Schroder Wagg (London) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Prior to joining QIC he worked for Commonwealth Bank of Australia with responsibility for managing the Bank’s Queensland Institutional Financial Markets group. Tony holds a number of finance Board positions with the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, being appointed to the Anglican Financial Services Board in 2006 and the Financial Services Commission Board in 2011. In 2010 he joined the Diocesan Investment Advisory Committee as a formation member, which has oversight of the investment funds of the Diocese. Tony holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is an Associate Member of CPA Australia, a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (Senior) of the Finance and Treasury Association, and an Australian Financial Markets Association Accredited Individual.

The Rev’d Canon Gary Smith
BCom, CA, FCPA, B Th, Research Fellow (Griffith University)
Gary Smith is a former Director and Responsible Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane Superannuation Fund, Director of National Anglican Long Service Leave Fund, Member of the General Synod Constitutional Review Task Group, and Member of numerous Brisbane Diocesan Strategic Planning Groups for the growth of Mission and Ministry. He was made a Deacon in 1990 and Priested in 1991. He has served as the Priest in Charge in the parishes of St Paul’s Cleveland, St Anne’s Albany Creek and Biggera Waters, and was the Executive Director Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission from 2006-2009. He is a member of the Coomera Anglican College School Council.

Frank Prostamo
Director Investment Services, The Public Trustee of Queensland
Frank has over 25 years experience in the funds management industry at a senior level. He is currently the chair of the Australian Public Trustees’ Investment Managers’ Forum. His areas of expertise include interest rate risk and credit risk management, investment of trust funds, financial management, operational planning and staff development. Frank has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and Masters of Business Administration from Queensland University of Queensland. Frank is also an active contributor to the finance industry as a Trustee of the Committee of Economic Development Australia and as an industry practitioner for Kaplan Education. He is a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Previous roles in the community have included being Councillor of the Institute of Public Administration (QLD), Member of the Loreto College Finance Council and a member of the reference group for the Greek Orthodox Church that provides advice on the management of their respite centre for disabled persons.

Caite Brewer
LLB, LLM, Accredited Specialist (Succession Law)

Caite has practised for more than 20 years as both a barrister and a solicitor – the last 8 years exclusively in estate and trust litigation. In 2009 Caite became a Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialist in succession law and also received the award for the highest achievement in her course.  She now sits on the QLS Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee, which oversees the biennial specialist accreditation process (including setting and marking assessment).

She is the immediate past chair (2010-2013) of the Queensland Branch of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), a worldwide professional body with more than 18,000 members in over 80 countries.  Caite’s work with, and contribution to STEP resulted in her receiving the prestigious STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2013, which is awarded to members who have made an exceptional and outstanding long-term contribution to the Society above and beyond that normally expected of a member through their office.

Emeritus Professor Christine Ryan
BCom, Dip Ed, MFinMgt, Phd, FCPA, CA
Queensland University of Technology
Chris was formerly the Head of the School of Accountancy at QUT. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ). She has served on a number of education and technical standards committees at both state and national levels of the professional accounting bodies throughout her university career. She is a current member of the Queensland Divisional Council for the CAANZ. She has also served as an advisor to government at both local, state and national levels.

Chris Ryan’s research interests and expertise are in the complexities of the accountability and governance of non-business organisations. Her research spans both the theoretical and practical aspects of these issues. She has published widely in this area and was one of the principal investigators in an ARC Linkage Grant developing the Standard Chart of Accounts for non profit organisations. As well as her research publications, Chris has co-authored several accounting and management textbooks.

The Rev’d Stewart Perry
BCom, CPA, B Th

Senior Minister, Robina/Mermaid Beach Parish
Stewart has served as Senior Minister/Rector at the Anglican Parish of Robina Mermaid Beach since November 2013. He was ordained in the Newcastle Diocese in 2007 and served in the parish of St John’s Newcastle, first as Assistant & then as Rector. Within the Diocese of Newcastle he served on a number of Diocesan boards & committees including their Anglican Savings & Development Fund Board. Prior to full-time ministry Stewart worked in a number of roles in commercial & financial management and Accounting. He is a member of the Anglican Schools Commission and is also a Director of Lifestyle Solutions (Aust) Limited.


Désirée Houston-Jones
M Urb Dev (Urb & Reg Plan)
BSc (Australia Environmental Studies)
Grad Dip Ed
Désirée is the Regional Technical Director for Planning for RPS assuming national responsibility for the planning group in Australia spanning 5 states and 20 offices.  RPS is an international consultancy company providing services in urban growth, infrastructure, energy, mining and natural resource management.  It has more than 1000 employees.  Désirée is a planner and development strategy advisor with 20 years’ experience across most development types and with particular interest in large and complex renewal projects, large residential, mix-use, industrial and seniors living developments.

Désirée also works with government and the development industry to provide strategic level input into planning outcomes and policy and has been an active member of industry groups for many years including the Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.  Désirée is a National Judge for the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards, is a Member of the Queensland Planning and Infrastructure Committee – Property Council of Australia and a Certified Practicing Planner – Planning Institute of Australia.