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Our people

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) is a not-for-profit membership organisation governed by a Board of Directors. Our operations are managed by Executive Director, David Robertson, an Executive team and more than 50 staff based in our Brisbane (Spring Hill) office. ISQ's Board of Directors is chaired by Karen Spiller OAM CF, and includes various committees associated with the organisation.

We also represent the interests of the independent sector on a large range of boards, committees and advisory groups. ISQ is a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia, the national peak body for independent schooling in Australia.

Executive Team


David was appointed Executive Director of Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) in April 2010, having progressed to this role after joining ISQ in 2002 as Director Strategic & Government Relations. He has decades of experience within the independent schooling sector, including 12 years at the Association of Independent Schools Victoria, where he held various positions culminating in the role of Executive Director Operations.

David has specific expertise in the areas of funding, planning, governance, operations and administration. Importantly, he also has an exceptional understanding of government regulation relating to independent schools, having worked extensively with both federal and state levels on issues pertaining to this sector.

David serves on a wide range of school education committees and working groups at ministerial, departmental and stakeholder levels. He is a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives and the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

In 2015 David was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leadership Fellowship award for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of student achievement and organisational effectiveness through his leadership.




Mark was appointed Director (Education Performance and Development) in November 2010 after initially joining ISQ in 2003 as Program Officer, Literacy. Mark negotiates and manages the implementation of a range of programs and funding agreements with federal and state governments in areas including teacher quality, disengaged students and leadership. He represents independent schools on state and national committees and working groups.

Previously, Mark held various teaching and administrative positions in government and non-government schools. He has post-graduate qualifications in education and organisational development.



Shari was appointed Director (Strategic Relations) in 2013. She began working with ISQ as a strategic communications and government relations consultant in 2005 and continued working with the association for 6 years until joining ISQ in 2011 as Principal Advisor Strategic Relations. She has 25 years’ experience in a variety of senior media, issues management, public relations and political advisory roles and was a General Manager of a full-service communications company.

Shari’s responsibilities particularly relate to the key performance areas of Leading Advocacy and Engaging Members and include political and public advocacy, strategic resourcing, research and policy, member relations, communications, public relations and media issues management. A former award winning journalist, Shari is also an accomplished media trainer.

Shari is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.



Josephine was appointed Director (Education Services) in 2017. In this role, she leads teams who support teacher and school leader quality and student performance, support for students with disability and other school services. Her current work also involves partnerships with international academics to establish evaluation frameworks for professional learning at ISQ.

Josephine has a Masters of Education with a focus on Leadership and Management from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She commenced her education career in Lutheran schools, where she worked for more than 10 years. Josephine has worked as national Manager of Policy and Programs (Professional Learning) at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and was responsible for a shaping phase in a curriculum project with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Josephine is currently a Director of the Queensland College of Teachers and is a member of faculty advisory boards for The University of the Southern Cross, and Griffith University.


Latest News & Events

ISQ Briefings - June 2019

Executive Director David Robertson looks at the Coalition's plans for schooling, while Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise & Senior Advisor (Teacher Quality & Certification) Suzanne Jessen examine the impact of collective teacher efficacy on students and school culture.

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