Study Gold Coast Board

The Hon. Rob Borbidge AO


Mr Borbidge retired from the Queensland Parliament in 2001 after serving over 20 years as MP for Surfers Paradise. He was the 35th Premier of Queensland from 1996 to 1998. After leaving Parliament he became involved in a number of private and public companies and has a close association with Griffith University. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University and in 2006 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Mr Borbidge serves as Chairman on the Study Gold Coast Management Committee. He is also Chair of the Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth Games.

Paul Salter


Head of Business, St. Hilda’s School

Paul is currently the Head of Business at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast, managing the operational and financial aspects of the School. Mr Salter is a senior executive with extensive experience in managing medium to large, multifaceted organisations in a range of industries including education, sport, local government and private sector utilities. Mr Salter represents St. Hilda's School while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

Shannon Willoughby


Chief Executive Officer, Study Gold Coast

Shannon Willoughby is the Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast, the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector. Shannon was previously the long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast and senior journalist at the Gold Coast bulletin. She is infinitely passionate about the Gold Coast and has been a leader in drawing attention to the city’s issues and potential. Shannon is currently Councillor for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's (CCIQ) Gold Coast Regional Policy Council and board member of Ohana for Youth and Gen-Z Employment.


Professor Sarah Todd

Committee Member

Vice President Global, Griffith University

Professor Sarah Todd commenced at Griffith as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) - now Vice President (Global) - in late 2013, having previously been at the University of Otago in New Zealand. As Vice President (Global), Professor Todd has executive level leadership, management and budgetary control over Griffith International, which incorporates three areas: the International Office, the Griffith English Language Institute, and the International Business Development Unit. Professor Todd represents Griffith University while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

Karen Dickinson

Committee Member

General Manager, TAFE Queensland-Gold Coast Region

Karen Dickinson is the General Manager of TAFE Queensland's Gold Coast region. Prior to this Ms Dickinson was Managing Director, Kimberley Training Institute (KTI), part of the TAFE network in Western Australia, for over seven years.

Ms Dickinson has extensive executive level experience in public sector management across health, employment services and vocational education and training. Prior to commencing in the Kimberley, Karen worked in senior positions for the Australian Government in Darwin and with the WA Health Department. Ms Dickinson has a Masters in Health Services Management, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing). Ms Dickinson is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Dickinson represents TAFE Queensland- Gold Coast Region while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

Professor Adam Shoemaker

Committee Member

Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Professor Adam Shoemaker is the Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University. He held senior leadership roles at a number of other Australian universities including Academic Provost at Griffith University, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University.

Professor Shoemaker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University and a PhD from the Australian National University. He chaired the Advisory Board of Monash University Publishing and was on the Advisory Board of Campus Review. He is a former Director of Open Universities Australia, is a trustee of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School and most recently was Deputy Chair of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Professor Shoemaker represents Southern Cross University while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

Councillor Cameron Caldwell

Committee Member

Councillor Division 3, City of Gold Coast

Councilor Cameron Caldwell is the Councilor for Division 3 for the City of Gold Coast. Cameron is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and has practised law since 2003. He is a qualified mediator, patrolling lifesaver and is the patron of a number of local community organisations. Cameron was recently elected to his second term in Council of the City of Gold Coast.

Cameron holds the positions of Chair of the City Planning Committee, Chair of the Mayors Technical Advisory Committee, Board Member of Study Gold Coast, and member of the Council of Mayors Infrastructure & Planning Committee. Councilor Caldwell represents the City of Gold Coast while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

John Le Lievre

Committee Member

Vice President Administration, Bond University

John Le Lievre is the Vice President Administration for Bond University. Mr Le Lievre has been a part of Bond for over 25 years. Prior to Bond, Mr Le Lievre was managing director of EIE Australia, a Japanese Investment Group. Mr Le Lievre represents Bond University while seating as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

Bill Alder

Committee Member

CEO and Co-Principal of Imagine Education Australia Pty Ltd.

Over a 19 year career in secondary education Bill has held positions of responsibility including Head of Department, Director of International Programs and Head of School. In 2003 Bill started his own school, Imagine Education Australia. Imagine offers a variety of ESL, high school and post secondary courses to some 1700 students from all over the world. Imagine Education also owns and operates two fully licensed Early Learning Centres on the same campus, which cater for local children and their parents.