The Somerville House Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of parents and Old Girls with a mutual passion and belief in the transformative power of education. 

Our Board

Mrs Kim Kiepe, Permanent Director

Mrs Kim Kiepe, Somerville House Principal, MEd (Leadership & Management), BEd, DipT, MACEL, GAICD
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Ms Fiona Gaske, Permanent Director

Ms Fiona Gaske, Somerville House School Council Chair, M Sp Path St, B Mus, GAICD
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Mrs Samantha Miller, Chair

Mrs Samantha Miller MB(AppFin), BBus(Int), Chair of the Somerville House Foundation, has a career spanning 20 years in the Financial Services industry and an adept executive whose experience extends across Banking, Insurance, Wealth Management and Executive Management sectors. Samantha is passionate about driving and effecting progressive strategic transformation and is currently the Executive Manager for Investor Relations and ESG at the ASX listed PNG bank - Kina. 

A graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Samantha has a Master of Applied Finance and an International Business degree. She is also an active member of the MND and Me Foundation, devoting time to organising and participating in large-scale fundraising events and programs of activity.  

Ms Bethwyn Todd, Deputy Chair

Ms Bethwyn Todd BSc, MBA, GAICD, (Class of 1989) is a strategic business leader with executive leadership experience in Australia, USA, China and across the Asia Pacific region. Most recently she served as Vice President and Asia Pacific President of FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) where she led the growth and transformation of the business, tripling revenue and significantly increasing market share and profitability.

Prior to FMC, Bethwyn was Managing Director of Monsanto Australia, successfully growing the business through the introduction of game changing biotechnology to Australian agriculture. Her eight-year tenure with the company comprised several commercial, corporate affairs and regulatory roles and she was pivotal to the successful transformation of the business during this period.  
 
Bethwyn has extensive strategy, financial and corporate governance experience. She has an inclusive leadership style with a passion for inspiring, mentoring and developing talent and creating diverse, high performing organizations.
 
She currently sits on the University of Queensland ChangeMakers Board and has served on multiple not-for-profit trade association and foreign subsidiary boards across Australia, USA, China and Asia Pacific over the past 20 years.

Ms Dominique Layt, Elected Director

Ms Dominique Layt MBA, GAICD, CMgr AFIML, FFin, CDec, (Class of 1987) was Foundation Chair from 2017-2021, Deputy Chair from 2021-2022 and is a member of the Nominations Committee. Dominique is a current parent and an active member of the Old Girls’ Association. With a successful career in the banking sector, at three ASX top 20 companies, Dominique brings to the Foundation exceptional skills in risk, governance and transformational change. 

Dominique is currently a member of the Management Committee of Speld Qld and was previously Head of Stores and Specialty Banking Delivery with Suncorp. During her career with Suncorp, Dominque was the Head of Customer Propositions, Head of Customer Insights, Executive Manager, Customer Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Executive Manager, Governance, Operational Risk and Compliance and Executive Manager, Baking Risk Support. She was also Suncorp Bank representative on retail banking committee member – Australian Bankers Association and is the current Chair of Suncorp’s gender equity group Suncorp Women Connect.

Dominique has a deep passion for Somerville House, gender equity, authentic leadership and is aligned with the mission of the Foundation in her professional life.

Ms Rebecca Bauer, Old Girls' Association

Ms Rebecca Bauer BA (Econ), (Class of 1988) and one of Brisbane’s most highly-regarded Executive Search recruitment specialists, with more than 18 years’ experience in a range of senior leadership and consulting capacities. 

Currently Principal Consultant at Hudson, Rebecca leads Executive Search Recruitment for Queensland, and is a part of a niche team delivering services of this level nationally, attracting Australian and global talent.

Rebecca has successfully supported the appointment of senior executives and partnered with boards and state and national leadership teams, across industries, for highly visible and sensitive assignments. She has significant experience managing Executive Search assignments for State Governments across Australia, and delivering highly specialised and functional appointments, as well as their most senior leadership roles, in the public interest.

Prior to the two decades in recruitment, Rebecca had a professional sales and marketing career within the property, retail and healthcare sectors, in both Australia and the UK.

Key current and previous appointments, roles and qualifications include:
·         Member – PMSA Nominations and Human Resources Committee (appointed 2020)
·         Principal Consultant – Hudson Queensland
·         Co-Vice President – Somerville House Old Girls’ Association
·         Director – Somerville House Foundation
·         Chair – Somerville House Foundation Nominations Committee
·         Judge – Telstra Business Women’s Awards Queensland
·         Judge – Telstra Business Awards Queensland

Mr Wade Bidstrup, P&F Representative

Mr Wade Bidstrup was appointed as the Somerville House Parents & Friends (P&F) Director to the Board of the Somerville House Foundation in 2021.

Wade is a grain farmer from Warra on the Darling Downs. Wade continues to contribute to a number of local community groups around Jandowae.  

Wade graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) in 1999 and completed a post-graduate-certificate in Rural Science from the University of New England (UNE) in 2003. 

Wade and his wife Sally have three daughters boarding at the School.

Prior to joining the Foundation Board as a Director Wade was actively involved In the Somerville House Community. He is a member of the Parents & Friends (P&F) Executive and has also been involved with the Boarding House and Rowing Support Groups. 

Wade is a passionate advocate for regional and rural scholarships to enable girls to access the best opportunities possible. 

Dr Wesley Hii, Elected Director

Dr Wesley Hii MBBS, FRACS, is a consultant Urological surgeon and the Director of Clinical Training in West Moreton region.  He has been a Medical Advisory Council member for various hospitals including St Andrews Ipswich and Sunnybank Hospital. Wesley is a graduate of the University of Queensland and completed his oncology fellowship at University Hospital of Wales.  He holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 

In the community, Wesley has been a long-serving member on the Local Church Executive Committee of the Chinese Methodist Church in Brisbane including Chairperson (2015-2018). Wesley recently finished 4 years as part of the Churchie P&F (President-Volleyball Support Group). Drs Wesley and Su Ing Hii have been long-standing members of the Somerville House Foundation and have a passion for supporting the advancement of girls’ education. They have been regular volunteers within the Somerville Parents & Friends Association support groups and are current parents.

Wesley was Chair of the Somerville House Foundation Fundraising Committee from 2020-2022.

Mrs Jane Rowan, Elected Director

Mrs Jane Rowan BA (Journalism) GAICD is a senior communications, marketing, and stakeholder engagement leader with over 25 years’ experience in corporate communications, strategic and integrated marketing, digital content, social media, advertising, and partnerships. She is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Home Instead Australia and New Zealand.  

Jane is a passionate advocate for mental health reform and is a regular participant in the Liptember Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign for women’s mental health. She has been one of the campaign’s top fundraisers over the past two years. She is a Non-Executive Director of Upbeat Arts Australia, which provides arts programs promoting inclusion and connection for those living with mental illness.

Jane is a second-generation Somerville House Old Girl (Class of 1989) and a former Somerville House parent. She was initially appointed to the Somerville House Foundation as the P&F’s Director in 2020, before her appointment as an Additional Director in 2021. Jane is Chair of the Somerville House Foundation Fundraising Committee.

She is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMHA) and a member of the peak body for community and stakeholder engagement sector, IAP2 Australasia.  

Foundation Mission, Priorities & Structure

Our Mission

The Somerville House Foundation is committed to providing exceptional learning opportunities for Somerville House students to encourage them to become the best they can be. The Foundation supports the School in delivering its strategic intent with objectives that are aligned with the School’s Master Plan. All the Foundation does builds upon the rich culture of philanthropy at the School and across our community.

Our Vision

The Foundation works to inspire all those involved in the school community, past and present, to commit to a culture of philanthropy for our girls as rich as those that are present in boys' schools.

Our Priorities

As a tax-deductible fundraising vehicle, the Foundation partners with the School to deliver programs and projects that have a lasting impact on the educational journey of Somerville House students. This is achieved through raising and managing funds via appeals, events and initiatives to assist the School with current and future development priorities.

Our Structure

The Foundation operates as a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. We operate collaboratively with the School under the requirements of the Corporations Act, with a professional Board of Directors. Board members bring a diverse mix of skills and experience, and great passion for our cause.