Karen Spiller OAM | Principal
John Paul College | Australia

Karen Spiller OAM, Principal, John Paul College

Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She is Principal at John Paul College in Brisbane having assumed this role in 2018 after 18 years as Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School.
Karen is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia and is current Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland and a member of the Yalari board. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators. Karen is also a member of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Advisory Group.
Karen holds both a Masters in Educational Administration and an MBA.
In 2013 Karen was appointed as a Fellow of Bond University. She supports QUT through their CEO advisory group to the Business Faculty and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International.
In 2017, Karen was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia Queen’s Birthday Honour for her service to women, and to education.


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Australian schools as hubs of innovation and design

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