Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO has extensive experience in business and governance.  An Arts graduate of The University of Queensland and an alumna of  The Women’s College, she has honorary doctorates from three universities.  She was Brisbane’s first female Lord Mayor,  Australia’s  Senior Trade Commissioner in Paris and Queensland’s Special Representative to South East Asia.  Her current roles include being Chair of the Museum of Brisbane and Skybound Fidelis Pty Ltd and a Board member of the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland.

Deputy President

Mrs Kim Lyons is a Women’s alumna (2001-2005) and past Senior Resident and Resident Assistant. A Business Management and Arts graduate of UQ, she worked at The University of Queensland in undergraduate domestic student recruitment for almost 10 years. Kim played a significant role in the development and implementation of UQ’s flagship equity program, the UQ Young Achievers Program, and has significant experience in project and event management, working with secondary schools and students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and coordinating youth mentoring programs. Kim is a mother of two young daughters, an active alumna of the College and Vice-President of the Sherwood Community Kindergarten Management Committee.


Inma Beaumont has more than 20 years’ experience as a Finance Professional with a strong track record in audit, risk, financial control and process improvement within domestic and major multinational institutions in banking, FMCG and oil and gas, both in the UK and in Australia. Inma has extensive experience in business and governance. She is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for UN Women Australia. In addition, Inma has more than five years’ experience as a stakeholder engagement and fundraising professional with The University of Queensland.


Fred D’Agostino is Emeritus Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland and was previously Executive Dean of Arts, President of the Academic Board and UQ Senator. His other board memberships are Australasian Association of Philosophy (2012 – 2019), Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and the UQ (philanthropic) Campaign.

Head of College & CEO

Florence Kearney has a distinguished career in the education of young women having been the principal of three leading independent girls’ schools over the past 20 years. With wider roles in the Not for Profit sector and sporting arenas, Flo brings an amazing range of skills to her role as Head of College and CEO of The Women’s College, to support the next generation of women.

Council member

Professor Emma Duncan is a practising pre-eminent consultant physician within Queensland Health and an academic professor at The University of Queensland and QUT.  She has extensive governance experience, having served on multiple professional committees nationally and internationally.  Recent positions include President of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and President of the Zonta Club of Brisbane.  As an undergraduate of the University of Sydney, Professor Duncan greatly enjoyed living at Sancta Sophia College; and her experiences of college life inform her passion about the important role – academic, social, sporting, musical and pastoral – of university colleges in the life of their students.

Council member

Olivia Williamson has Arts and Law degrees from the University of Queensland and is an alumna of The Women’s College, holding the position of Senior Resident in her final year at college. Olivia is a practising solicitor specialising in town planning and environment law. Outside of her professional life, she is active within a number of organisations including the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Jane Austen Society of Australia and the Justice’s of the Peace in the Community program.

Council member

Michael McNab is Managing Director and founder of McNab, one of the largest privately owned construction companies in Queensland. McNab have a reputation as a builder of choice for Australia’s leading public and private developers across all industry sectors – from over 40 projects at The University of Queensland, to residential apartments, major retail, industrial and food export facilities as well as The Women’s College recent accommodation expansion. In addition to McNab, Michael also holds the position of Board Member of UDIA Queensland State Council.