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Stephen Paul - ChairpersonStephen Paul OAM - Chairperson

Stephen Paul OAM is Director of Contec Consulting Pty Ltd which provides consulting services to schools, educational systems, government departments and other organisations in the areas of leadership development, governance, strategic planning and recruitment. Stephen has nearly 40 years experience in education in Queensland, including headship of four schools (two independent; two government) over a 25 year period. Most recently, he was Headmaster/CEO of John Paul College, Queensland’s largest independent school.

Stephen has written and presented nationally and internationally on leadership, school transformation and the application of technology in schools and is regularly invited to present at conferences.

He is a Life Member of the Australian College of Educational Leaders and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also Chair of the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to education in the Australia Day honours list in 2010.

Kylie Schooley - Board MemberKylie Schooley - Board Member

Kylie Schooley, born Kylie Williams,  grew up in the Eidsvold district on Rockybar  station , this  childhood instilled a love of  the bush, an understanding of natural systems and an ability to enjoy being alone. These things are central to Kylie’s persona now, many years on.  In 1991, Kylie completed her Veterinary science degree, graduating with 1st class honours.  She then spent the next 9 years pursuing her veterinary aspirations, a wonderful profession.  Kylie married in 1999,  and moved back to the bush, She and Simon , and their 2 children now  have a grazing business at Rocky Springs, a property also in the Eidsvold district.  Kylie finds that the challenge of running a grazing operation with all its uncertainties in weather and commodities, its massive responsibility in land custodianship, and her deep  pleasure in owning cows is both intellectually stimulating and wonderfully basic way to raise a family.  She is also involved in several community groups, and teaches her children by distance education.

In the future, Kylie plans to continue improving their beef business, nurturing the land and enjoying the fruits of hard  labour.  She says that as time moves forward and her children  grow, she hopes to learn new things, explore new horizons, take on new challenges, continue experiencing life and gaining the wisdom and fulfillment of a life well lived.

Doris Beezley - Board MemberDoris Beezley - Board Member

Doris Beezley, born Doris Chapman born in Eidsvold and most of her childhood was spent in the country.  She is the second eldest of 11 children.  Her parent’s home schooled the family in the earlier stages of our childhood, until the family moved into the township of Eidsvold.  She is a country girl at heart and she is very family oriented, a competitive person who is always willing to have a go.

Doris is a mother of nine children.  She currently works at the Eidsvold State School which keeps her very busy and she loves what she does.  She likes the thought of helping the community, particularly the youth, and improving the school / community in whatever way possible to make it a place everyone can enjoy.

Doris challenges herself with whatever she does and she is not afraid to try new things.  Doris was recently awarded the honour of the "2010 Community Person of the Year".

Anthony Coates - Board MemberAnthony Coates AM - Board Member

The RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre now has a new Director on board with the appointment and subsequent acceptance by local Eidsvold identity, Mr Anthony Coates. The appointment follows the recent resignation of Board Director, Mr Bruce Cowley.

Anthony has been heavily involved with the Eidsvold Community and brings years of knowledge, experience and skills to the Board.

Anthony has taken a close interest in the Centre since its inception and performed as Master of Ceremonies during the Official Opening in October, 2010.


Mark Pitt - North Burnett Regional Council’s RepresentativeMark Pitt - North Burnett Regional Council's Representative

Mark Pitt is the current Chief Executive Officer of the North Burnett Regional Council, having been appointed to the council in 2010. Mark is married with two children and enjoys a diverse range of hobbies and interests.

He has extensive experience in the management of organisations both on a professional and volunteer basis with a range of State and Local Government entities and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer in Local Government since 2003.  He has also been recently appointed to the role of Treasurer of BIEDO (Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation.) He has previously held a Board member position for the Local Government Managers Association State Branch in Tasmania.  Mark also represented the Local Government Managers Association Queensland Branch in 2007 through the international exchange between Queensland and California in the United States. Mark continues to act as the Queensland Delegate for the LGMA National Annual General Meeting.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Governance and Public Policy. Mark has been involved in a range of community and professional organisations and is an active member of Rotary and Charter President of the recently reformed Rotary Club of Gayndah.

Anthony Coates - Board Member

John Goldman OAM - Company Secretary

John Goldman retired from the AXA Group of Companies (formerly National Mutual) in September 2005 following more than 31 years of service.  He held several management roles within the Group including Company Secretary & Manager of National Mutual Permanent Building Society and Secretary to the Queensland Board of the National Mutu

l Life Association.  His last position was Training and Development Manager.  In addition he also served on Industry and Professional Association Boards in the financial services sector.

John has given almost 50 years voluntary service to various organisations including the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation and the heritage listed Brisbane Synagogue, several not-for-profit organisations, school parents and citizens, charitable groups, service and sporting organisations.  He now devotes his efforts to a number of organisations and serves on the Board of three.  He was recognised for his service to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010 where he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

He has been RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre Ltd’s Secretary since the company was established in May 2009.

John and his wife Sharryn were married in 1971.  They have two daughters and four granddaughters.