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 responsible for overseeing the Member Experience for Australia’s largest non-profit, customer-owned bank. 

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 Dominique Layt, Deputy Chair

Ms Dominique Layt MBA, GAICD, CMgr AFIML, FFin, CDec, is an elected director and Deputy Chair of the Somerville House Foundation and 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) is an Old Girl of Somerville House (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

Mrs Peta Tilse, Elected Director

Mrs Peta Tilse MBus(AppFin), GradDip(AppFin), BBus(Finance), is a Financial Services professional with over 25 years’ experience and a passion for helping Australian consumers make sense of investment markets and opportunities. Peta’s unique ability to demystify the world of finance can be heard on ABC Brisbane's Drive program with Steve Austin. 

Peta’s career spans Retail and Wholesale Financial Markets, as well as Wealth Management. She was a top quartile Fund Manager for 8 years with Suncorp Investment Management, managing $5b in Cash and Fixed Interest Funds. Peta has worked with top firms NAB, Westpac, Suncorp, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, UBS, and GSJBW. She is a Director of Levantine Wealth and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, where she serves the Financial Advice and Services Council, and represents the Queensland Regional Council.

Peta is committed to her community interests, and is a long serving member of the Griffith University Enactus Advisory Board, where she mentors students. Peta advocates for better policy in Queensland as Deputy Chair of the Queensland Futures Institute’ Accessing Capital Committee.  Peta has been a Board Member of the Somerville House Foundation since 2016, and chairs the Finance and Risk Committee.  Peta is a winner of Westpac's Top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow, and Fintech Business Awards. Peta is a finalist in the Women in Financial Services Awards.

Mrs Kerrie Mattiske, Elected Director

Mrs Kerrie Mattiske B.Laws, B.Comm, CA, GAICD, AICD, ICAA, is currently the Queensland Manager of a philanthropic trust and for the past 20 years has held a number of executive and board roles in Not-for-Profit organisations, predominantly focused on youth and women in Queensland.   

Kerrie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked as a revenue lawyer. She was appointed as an Additional Director to the Board of the Somerville House Foundation in 2018 and is a current member of the Somerville House Foundation Finance and Risk Committee.

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.

Mrs Jane Rowan, Appointed Director

Mrs Jane Rowan BA(Journalism), MAICD, is currently the Marketing and Communications Strategist for The Banyans Health and Wellness Rehabilitation Clinic, the owner of Jane Rowan Consulting, and a Case Manager at Addiction Sciences Qld. A journalist and communications specialist for over 25 years, Jane has worked across Australia and Asia with organisations such as Reuters, AAP, and the Australian Industry Group. 

Jane is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was appointed as the Somerville House P&F’s Director to the Board of the Somerville House Foundation in 2020.

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. The Board bring a diverse mix of skills and experience, and great passion for our cause.