Senior Management Team

David Brunckhorst

Provost and CEO

Dr David Brunckhorst, BSc, PhD (UQ), GradDipComp (QUT), GradDipMgt (Melb) FQA

David studied Zoology (BSc, PhD) at The University of Queensland and holds graduate diplomas in computing and management. He is an Honorary Professor at UQ, an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of the University of New England, where he was Director of the interdisciplinary Institute for Rural Futures, and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences. Formerly a marine biologist, David has directed several national inquiries for the Federal House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and advised Australian and world leaders. He has received several awards, including two prestigious international awards: a UNESCO medal for services to ecological sciences and the George B. Fell Award for exceptional contributions to resource and environmental science and policy. He is the author or editor of 10 books and some 150 scientific papers. David and his family are active members of the Uniting Church and he volunteers for a number of community groups.


Dr Jane Thomson, Emmanuel College UQ Vice Principal (Acting)

Vice Principal (Acting)

Dr Jane Thomson, BA (UQ), BSW (Hons), PhD, GCTT (JCU)

A social worker by background, Jane completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Queensland and then undertook her social work degree and PhD, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, at James Cook University. Jane’s early career was in statutory child protection and hospital social work. She has worked in a number of universities as a social work academic and in management roles, including three years as Vice Principal of Emmanuel College (2009-2011). Jane is committed to the transformative power of education and greatly enjoys working with young people. She identifies with Emmanuel’s motto “enriching lives since 1911” and sees the College as offering a wonderful opportunity to nurture young people and their futures, ultimately contributing to shaping a positive, caring society.


Kelly Wade-Johnson, Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Ms Kelly Wade-Johnson, MA (Hons) International Relations (St And), (current studies: PhD)

Kelly completed a MA (Hons) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in 2010. After moving to Brisbane in 2011, Kelly taught in the School of Political Science and International Relations at The University of Queensland until 2017. She has also worked with the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect as a Research Assistant and as an External Marker for the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Kelly joined Emmanuel College as a tutor in 2012, becoming Senior Academic Tutor in 2016. As Dean of Students, Kelly is focused on developing and producing exceptional support services for all Emmanuel students.



Director, Office of Advancement

Ms Margy Chatburn, BA (UQ), GradDipComn (QUT)

Margy was educated at Somerville House and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) at The University of Queensland in 1978. Moving to Sydney in 1980, Margy worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), returning to Brisbane with the department in 1995. Margy left DFAT in 1998 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication (major in Public Relations) at QUT. Since this time, Margy has worked in the not-for-profit sector in public relations and fundraising and now works closely with Emmanuel’s Provost David Brunckhorst in the areas of alumni relations, fundraising, and public relations.


Chris Byrne, Emmanuel College General Manager, Finance and Operations

General Manager, Finance and Operations

Mr Chris Byrne, BCom (UNSW), MBA (IMD)

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a management consultant for 18 years, he provided accounting and financial advice to businesses in a wide range of industries, including aviation, banking, and manufacturing, mainly in Australia and Indonesia. From 1992 to 2003, Chris was CFO of the Indonesian operations of two international firms in the electrical equipment and geothermal power industries. In 2004 he relocated to Brisbane to work in the independent school sector in business manager and finance and operations roles. Chris joined Emmanuel’s senior management team in 2018.

Student Services

Dean of Students
Ms Kelly Wade-Johnson, MA (Hons) International Relations, (current studies: PhD)

Assistant Dean (Academic)
Ms Prue Ahrens, BA, BA (Hons), PhD
Ms Charlotte Lawrence, BA (Hons), MLing, (current studies: PhD) — on leave

Assistant Dean (Pastoral)
Ms Louise Hallo, BSocWk, GCertAdolHlthWelb

Assistant Dean (Residential)
Mr Michael D’Arcy, BEcon, BA (Hons)

Administration Officer
Mrs Nicky Hart

Mr Duncan Barlow, BA, BMin, BTh, MA(Th)

Hall Porter
Mr Peter Leventis

Residential Tutors
Mr Ryan Lechner, BInSt, (current studies: MPaCS)
Mr Timothy Liu, BSc (Hons),BGenStud (Sc), GradDipMus, DipMus, FMusA, LMusA, AMusA

Events Management

Events Manager
Mrs Lynette Jackson

Executive Chef
Mr Greg Slack

Administration and Operations

Accounts and Payroll Officer
Ms Marie Halloran, DipAcctg, BAS Agent

Administration Officer
Mrs Nicky Hart

Marketing and Communications Officer
Ms Michelle James, BA, GCArts(WEP)

Personal Assistant
Ms Sharon Burridge

Property Officer
Ramon Taylor

Supervisor, Cleaning Services
Shelley Ferguson