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Dr Cherrell Hirst AO – Chair

Cherrell Hirst graduated from the University of Queensland in medicine and practiced for 30 years, predominantly as Director of the Wesley Breast Clinic (1984-2001) where she achieved a national reputation in the field of breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

Her interest in the value of education led to her appointment to the Council of the Queensland University of Technology in 1990 and she was elected Chancellor in 1994, serving until 2004.  In addition Cherrell served on the Board of Trustees at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School from 1990 to 2006 and was chair from 1996.  These were both honorary positions.

Cherrell has pursued a career as a professional non-executive director since 2001 and has served as a director on a wide variety of corporate entities across the finance, insurance, biotechnology, arts and education sectors.

In recognition of her work in the fields of breast cancer and education, Cherrell has been awarded three honorary doctorates, a Centenary Medal (2003) and the title of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1998).  She was named Queenslander of the Year in 1995 and was awarded the Queensland AICD Gold Medal in 2015.



Mr Ashley Davis


Ashley holds Commerce and Economic degrees from the University of Queensland, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

In 1997 Ashley joined Ellwood Barry McPherson (EBM), a boutique privately owned wealth management firm.  In 2006, Ashley was appointed a Director of EBM and in 2008 EBM simultaneously merged with 12 other privately owned wealth management firms to create Shadforth Financial Group.

Ashley was part of Shadforth’s Investment Committee for 10 years and remains active in the ongoing development of the Group’s investment philosophy.  Ashley’s expertise lies in portfolio construction and developing highly effective wealth accumulation and retirement planning strategies for clients, as well as educating his clients.

Away from work Ashley is a keen sports follower, especially golf and cricket, and an enthusiastic overseas traveller and wine collector.



Dr Ian Galloway AM – Director

Dr Ian Galloway has had a distinguished career in the museum industry. He retired in 2013 after 13 years as CEO of Queensland Museum Network which manages four museums across the State. Prior to that, Ian was Deputy CEO of Museum Victoria for six years.

His former career as an entomologist was with the Department of Primary Industries for close to 20 years, and later he served for 5 years as Director of Land Protection in the Department of Lands. Both these roles took across the length and breadth of Queensland.

Ian holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Entomology and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Queensland. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland where he lectures in the Museum Studies program. He has held a number of community and national appointments, and is currently Chairman of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland).  in 2019 Ian was honoured as a Member of The Order of Australia for significant service to the museums sector, to historical preservation, and to the environment.



Ms Elizabeth Jameson – Director

In 2002, after almost 15 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer, including as a partner of a national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and 10 years as a practicing director, Elizabeth founded Board Matters and its associated governance legal practice, Board Matters Legal.  Today, over 15 years later, she is its Managing Director and Principal Consultant, heading up a team of 6 specialist governance, legal and strategy consultants.

Drawing together the strands of her career, Elizabeth has provided corporate legal and governance assistance, with a real life “practicing director” perspective, to a large range of companies, organisations and industries for well over 20 years.  This has included listed, private, public sector and not-for-profit boards.

She also maintains an active portfolio of directorships, presently with RACQ and Queensland Police Service and Chairs the Boards of Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and Queensland Theatre Company.  Her past directorships have also included the boards of over 20 organisations, for profit and not-for-profit, including as chair of a private company board in the UK and chair of a leading Australian professional services firm.



Mrs Persephone Lobb – Director

Persephone Lobb emigrated from the UK 30 years ago having developed her advertising and marketing career in the UK, Europe and the US. She recently retired as Managing Director and sold her position in NOUS the successful creative branding, marketing and digital advertising agency she established in 1999.

With 30 years of working across all industry sectors both public and private sector throughout Queensland, she has a deep understanding of its social, economic and geographic challenges.

Persephone has a Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Durham. Passionate about education and a keen Francophile she is currently a Director of Alliance Francaise de Brisbane.