The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority ( QCAA ) is governed by a seven member board that includes nominees from each of the three schooling sectors and four Ministerial nominees selected on the basis of expertise relevant to the functions of the Authority.
Mr Brian Short (Chair)
Nominee of the Minister having the qualifications, experience or standing the Minister considers relevant to the functions of the Authority, and appointed as chair of the Authority
Brian retired as Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School in 2013 after a 40-year career in secondary education. He remains involved in education as Executive Director of the Bryan Foundation, a Director of the Independent Schools Queensland Block Grant Authority and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. His curriculum leadership roles have included Head of Department, Dean of Studies and Deputy Headmaster — Curriculum, and his teaching experiences have included university lecturing in educational leadership and Australian national government.
Brian’s highlights as a curriculum leader include helping to create the professional learning cultures that enabled the successful introduction of one of the first Australian whole-school learning frameworks at Brisbane Grammar School and more recently the technologically rich pedagogies that are necessary for innovative 21st century learning spaces.
Brian had considerable grassroots involvement in the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, a predecessor of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He served as a District Review Panellist, a History Curriculum Sub‑Committee member and was part of the original Queensland Core Skills Test Committee.
Brian is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mrs Patrea Walton
Nominee of the chief executive of the Department of Education and Training
Patrea is the Deputy Director-General of the State Schools Division of the Department of Education and Training ( DET ), which caters for over 500 000 students in 1233 state schools across Queensland. She is responsible for the development of programs and frameworks for international education, school operations and school performance, as well as supervising the work of seven regional directors.
Patrea has held a number of positions within DET, including teacher, principal and Assistant Director-General, Student Services. She was also responsible for overseeing the introduction and implementation of Queensland’s historic Flying Start reforms — which include the move of Year 7 from primary to secondary school in 2015. Patrea also spent some time as Chief Executive Officer of the former Queensland Studies Authority prior to returning to the department to take up her current role.
Patrea’s passion for education in Queensland has been demonstrated throughout her more than 30 years’ experience in the field. She possesses an excellent understanding of the corporate history of state schooling, the Australian Curriculum and its implementation, and has valuable front-line experience as a teacher and principal. Most importantly, Patrea has a strong desire to make a difference.
Mr David Robertson
Nominee of Independent Schools Queensland
David is Executive Director of Independent Schools Queensland. David has worked in the independent schooling sector for the past 25 years. He joined Independent Schools Queensland in 2002 as Director, Strategic and Government Relations. Previously, he worked for the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria for 12 years, including in the position of Executive Director, Operations.
David has a wealth of experience within the independent schooling sector, particularly in the areas of funding, planning, governance, operations and administration. He has an extensive knowledge of government regulatory requirements for independent schools. David has also worked extensively with both Federal and State Governments representing the interests of the independent sector.
David serves on a wide range of school education committees and working groups at ministerial, departmental and stakeholder levels.
David is a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives and the Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Ms Leesa Jeffcoat, AM
Nominee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission
Leesa has experience as an educator and administrator in Catholic and independent schools. Leesa holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education (Hons), a Masters in Educational Administration, as well as letters in Speech and Drama and Music. Leesa also holds fellowships with the Australian College of Educators and the Australian College of Educational Leaders, as well as membership of the Australian Institute of Management. In 2013, Leesa was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division.
Leesa was appointed to the role of Diocesan Director of Catholic Education (Diocese of Rockhampton) in 2001. Prior to this appointment, she taught in both primary and secondary schools and held senior leadership roles within Catholic Education (Diocese of Rockhampton). Leesa has a particular interest in teaching and learning and the promotion of educational opportunities in rural and regional settings.
In addition to her role as Director of Catholic Education, Leesa is the Chair of Mercy Health and Aged Care (Central Queensland Ltd) which operates four Mater hospitals and three aged-care facilities in Central Queensland.
Leesa also held the position of Chair of the Queensland Studies Authority from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
Ms Tracy Corsbie
Nominee of the Minister having the qualifications, experience or standing the Minister considers relevant to the functions of the Authority
Tracy is the Regional Director of the North Coast Regional Office, Department of Education and Training. Prior to her appointment as Regional Director, Tracy served as Executive Principal of the North Lakes State College, a large P–12 independent public school, for five years.
Tracy has worked in both primary and secondary education settings over the last 32 years, leading several statewide initiatives. In 2004, Tracy took up the role as Champion of Middle Phase Learning which provided support to schools across the state to develop an awareness of the middle phase learner and an understanding of neuroscience for structuring middle school curricula. In 2006, she led the establishment of three specialised senior schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Tracy has been able to exercise innovation in each of her roles. Her career passion is growing the educational leader that lies within every teacher.