Library Board of Queensland

The Library Board is the governing body of State Library of Queensland and draws its powers from the Libraries Act 1988 [PDF 470kb]. The object of this Act is to contribute to the cultural, social and intellectual development of all Queenslanders.

The Library Board is governed by the Library Board of Queensland Governance Framework  (PDF 333.2 KB) and has adopted a Code of Conduct [PDF 211 KB] which all members uphold and which has been approved by the responsible Minister.

The Library Board is committed to improving access to information and knowledge for all Queenslanders. The Board periodically meets outside of Brisbane to keep informed about local issues and to strengthen relationships with local councils and the community.


Professor Jan Thomas (Chairperson)

Professor Jan ThomasProfessor Jan Thomas is the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland.

Before taking up this position in January 2012, Professor Thomas was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University from 2003 until 2010 and the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2010.

She has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Professor Thomas currently holds the position of Chair for the Managing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She is also the Chair for the Regional Universities Network.

She is a strong advocate for the transformative role of education, both as a mechanism for social justice and as a key driver for national productivity and innovation.

Professor Emeritus Roland Sussex OAM (Deputy Chairperson)

Professor Emeritus Roland SussexRoland (Roly) Sussex is Professor Emeritus of the University of Queensland’s School of Languages and Cultures, as well as Research Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Professor Sussex received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012 for his services to the development and understanding of languages in Australia. His academic work involves research and teaching on languages, the social and cultural context of languages, and the development of technology in language learning and communication, and in the communication of pain.

Professor Sussex is a weekly contributor to language talkback radio with the ABC, and he writes a Saturday column on language in The Courier-Mail. He is an Australia Day Ambassador.

Professor Andrew Griffiths

Professor Andrew GriffithsAndrew Griffiths is the Dean and Head of School at the UQ Business School.

He completed his PhD in September 2000 and currently holds the Chair in Business Sustainability and Strategy.

Professor Griffiths is an internationally recognised scholar with his works published in The Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management Studies. His areas of research include: the management of corporate change and innovation, strategic issues relating to the pursuit of corporate sustainability and innovation. He has published four books, The Sustainable Corporation (1998), Sustainability (2000), Corporate Sustainability and Innovation (2004) and Organisational Change for Sustainability (2006) (with Dexter Dunphy and Sue Benn).

Cr Julia Leu

Cr Julia LeuCr Julia Leu was elected Mayor to the new Douglas Shire Council in November 2013, following nearly six years as an independent Councillor with Cairns Regional Council.

Cr Leu holds a Masters in Business Administration from James Cook University, a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from NSW University of Technology. Her wide experience has included running her own business, being a secondary teacher, lecturer and senior Commonwealth employee in Indigenous, health, housing and community services.

Cr Leu is a Director of Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and Terrain Natural Resource Management, a Queensland Executive Member of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, a Committee Member of Regional Development Australia (Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc) and an Executive Member of the North Queensland Local Government Association.

Ms Heather Linaker

Ms Heather LinakerHeather Linaker is the Queensland State Director and an executive coach and mentor for the Stephenson Mansell Group, one of Australia’s leadership development firms, which specialises in enhancing the leadership effectiveness of senior executives in larger listed, private and government organisations.

Prior to moving into the leadership development profession, Heather worked in the publishing industry for more than 25 years, principally for the local operations of global publisher John Wiley & Sons. She held roles across a wide range of areas for Wiley, including sales, marketing, project management and technology leadership, before her final two years as Managing Director for Australia.

Ms Linaker has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Deakin University and is a Fellow of The CEO Institute.

Mr Matthew McDonnell

Mr Matthew McDonnellMatthew McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a registered company auditor.

Mr McDonnell is a chartered accountant and has 22 years' experience in the accounting profession. He is currently a Partner at KPMG providing audit, accounting and advisory services to clients in the private and government sectors. In this role, he has also been responsible for the deployment of key project management initiatives including IT software and various regulatory requirements.

Mr McDonnell also chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee at SLQ.

Mr Scott Reid

Mr Scott ReidScott Reid is Regional Manager for Cisco Systems, responsible for its operations in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.

With more than 22 years' experience in the ICT industry in Queensland, Mr Reid has held management roles with national and international companies such as Dell Computer Systems and Volante. He previously owned and operated a large local ICT firm, Silicon Data.

Mr Reid is dedicated to ensuring the ICT industry's participation in social responsibility initiatives.

He is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association and head of its Infrastructure Sub-Committee, a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee to the Lord Mayor and a committee member of the Smart Connected Transportation Centre of Excellence.

Associate Professor Grace Sarra

Associate Professor Grace SarraAssociate Professor Grace Sarra is an academic and researcher within the Education Faculty and the YuMi Deadly Centre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Associate Professor Sarra is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and has experience in teaching in schools and universities for more than 25 years. She completed a Doctor of Creative Industries at QUT. Her interest in Indigenous education focuses on school change and leadership, social justice and inclusive education.

Associate Professor Sarra is the Chair of the Library Board's Indigenous Advisory Group; a member of the State Archives Public Records Review Committee; a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Australian Council for Educational Research; and a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation Board of Advice.

Adjunct Professor Joan Sheldon AM

Adjunct Professor Joan Sheldon AMJoan Sheldon ran her own physiotherapy practice and was actively involved in advancement of the profession before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1990. In that role she held a range of senior positions, including Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for the Arts. Other portfolios included Tourism, Consumer Affairs, Women’s Policy, Trade, Employment, Training, Industrial Relations, Economic Development, Health, Family Services, and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs.

She is the Ethics Advisor of the Local Government Association of Queensland, an Adjunct Professor at the Sunshine Coast University, and former Chair of the Board of the Queensland Ballet and of St Leo’s College within The University of Queensland.

In attendance

Ms Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer

The State Librarian is responsible for the proper and sound management of State Library of Queensland, under the authority of the Library Board of Queensland. The State Librarian provides strategic advice and direction to the Library Board; plans and develops new initiatives, services and programs; manages the resources of the State Library; initiates strategic partnerships and leads the State Library of Queensland.

Under the Libraries Act 1988 (Queensland) [PDF 470 KB], the State Librarian must attend all meetings of the Board unless excused or precluded by the Board.

Library Board committee

The Library Board has appointed an Audit and Risk Management Committee to advise and inform the Library Board on issues that arise within the scope of the committee.

Library Board advisory groups

The Library Board appoints a number of advisory groups which, while not undertaking the functions of the Board, provide strategic advice and act as a consultative arm. These groups are currently:

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