Queensland Library Foundation

State Library of Queensland's reading room, Brisbane, 1902


Ms Helen Brodie

Helen is a senior executive and corporate adviser with a proven track record in leadership, management, strategy, corporate governance and transformation.

Helen has previously served as a director on public and private sector Boards across the education, not-for profit and business sectors, most recently Southbank Institute of Technology and State Library of Queensland. Her experience as Chairman includes: Starlight Children’s Foundation Advisory Board (Qld) and API Leisure & Lifestyle group of companies. She has experience leading and advising audit, risk management and remuneration committees.

Helen’s senior business experience spans more than 30 years, leading diverse teams through massive change programs while achieving tough commercial targets.

Mr Michael Hawkins LLB (Hons) FAICD

Michael is a management consultant practicing in the fields of negotiation and facilitation. He is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival. He is also Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia and the Australian International Movie Convention, a Director of Screen Australia and Creative Content Australia Ltd and a member of Advisory Boards including HLB Mann Judd Chessboard and two prominent Australian’s Family Offices. He is a Member (part time) of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He was formerly CEO of Australian Multiplex Cinemas Ltd and Deputy Chair of Screen Queensland. He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Julie Mannion

Julie was formerly Alumni Relations Manager at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and held other senior positions at the university. Previously she taught with both the Queensland State and Catholic Education Systems. She has experience as conference committee chair, member, and presenter and as a faculty member of an international Alumni Relations Institute run by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Singapore. She has over twenty years’ experience on boards and committees within the education and not for profit sectors.

Mr Neil Summerson AM

Neil is a non-executive company director. He was the former Senior Partner of Ernst & Young - Queensland. From 1992 to 1996 he was the Managing Partner of that firm in Queensland. For 17 years he specialised in corporate reconstruction acting as a formal Administrator and adviser to troubled companies ranging from family concerns to large public corporate entities many associated with the building, construction and property sectors. Neil is a non-executive director of several public and private companies. He is either Chairman or a member of a number of Audit & Risk Committees and has a particular interest in Corporate Governance and Risk Management.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the finance, commerce and business sectors, to the arts, and to the community, on Australia Day 2016.

Ms Courtney Talbot

Courtney is an Enrolled Nurse, and holds voluntary positions in various community organisations. Courtney is involved with the Talbot Family Foundation, and with Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving (New Gen), a national program to connect and develop young leaders in Australian giving. The program, the only one of its kind in Australia, is designed for high capacity donors in their 20s and 30s.

Ms Vicki McDonald (State Librarian & Chief Executive Officer)

On 5 September 2016, Vicki McDonald commenced her appointment as State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer. Vicki is an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the library sector, state and local governments and tertiary education.

For the previous three years, Vicki was engaged as Executive Director Library & Information Services at State Library of NSW where she managed the Library’s collections valued at $3.14B. Prior to SLNSW, she was Associate Director (Library Services) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Professor Andrew Griffiths (Chairperson, Library Board of Queensland)

Andrew is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at The University of Queensland, and holds the Chair in Business Sustainability and Strategy.

He is an internationally recognised scholar with research areas including the management of corporate change and innovation, and strategic issues relating to the pursuit of corporate sustainability and innovation. Andrew has published four books and had works published in The Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management Studies.