Our School

The Executive

The Headmaster (since 2021)

Dr John Kinniburgh completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 and was offered the role as a Geography teacher at The King’s School in Sydney. In 1998, he was offered a scholarship to Oxford University in England where he completed a Master of Science degree in Environmental Change Management before returning to The King’s School for the next twelve years. During this time he was an academic leader, worked in boarding and was involved in various co-curricular activities including Cadets and as coach of the 1st XV.

Dr Kinniburgh then moved with his young family to the UK to teach at Wellington College initially as Head of Geography and then as Assistant Head of Teaching Schools. In 2016, he was appointed as Head of Secondary School and Deputy Headmaster at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide.

Dr Kinniburgh’s qualifications include a PhD in Education from Macquarie University, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Change Management from the University of Oxford, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England. He is a qualified Chartered Geographer, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Australian College of Educators and also the UK-based Chartered College of Teaching.

You can read more about Dr Kinniburgh here

The Deputy Headmaster

Mr John Anderson is the School’s Deputy Headmaster.  Mr Anderson commenced this role in 2018 following his position as Head of Senior School from June 2012.  Prior to this appointment he was the School’s Director of Sport and Activities for eight years. Before coming to Toowoomba Grammar School, Mr Anderson was the Acting Principal of Blackheath and Thornburgh College in Charters Towers.

The Head of Senior School

Mr Mark Oliphant has been appointed as the Head of Senior School beginning January 2018. In 2005 Mr Oliphant was employed at Toowoomba Grammar School as a teacher of Health and Physical Education and Science. Mr Oliphant was also the Boyce Boarding Housemaster from 2009 until he departed in 2011 after accepting a role at Newington College in Sydney as Boarding Housemaster and Director of Athletics and Cross Country.

Mr Oliphant subsequently worked at Churchie as the Director of Boarding from 2015 – 2017 inc. Mark’s passion for sport, and particularly long distance events, has culminated in him representing Australia in the sport of triathlon at two world championships. In 2013 he qualified for the Ironman World Championships which is held in Hawaii each year. Mark completed the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run in 9 hours and 24 minutes. Mark has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Education Degree.

The Head of Junior School

Mr Scott Campbell has been the Head of the Junior School since 2004. He holds the degree of Master of Education and prior to his appointment to Toowoomba Grammar School was the Deputy Head of the Junior School at Newington College, a GPS school of NSW. Mr Campbell is a specialist in the education of primary age boys in Australia.

The Director of Advancement

Mrs Tammy Wilson commenced with Toowoomba Grammar School as the Director of Advancement in 2021. She has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Queensland University of Technology and is also an accredited Certified Digital Marketing Professional.

Mrs Wilson spent nine years in London serving two Prime Ministers and numerous senior ministers. She has also held business development, community engagement and philanthropic roles in Toowoomba.


The Director of Studies

Before commencing as the Director of Studies at Toowoomba Grammar School in January 2016 Dr Alison Young was Head of the Science Faculty at ‘Churchie’.  Dr Young has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology from the University of Queensland and also holds the degrees of Master of Teaching and Master of Learning Innovation (Leadership), both degrees conferred by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Prior to her eight years at Churchie, Dr Young spent five years at Brisbane Grammar School as a teacher of Senior Biology. She is also a former lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology.


The Director of Sport and Activities

Mr Steve Fryer was appointed the 1st XI Head Coach and teacher of Health and PE in 2016 before being promoted to Director of Sport and Activities in 2020. Mr Fryer was formerly the Director of Cricket at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) and previously worked as a High Performance Coach at Queensland Cricket. Mr Fryer holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in Physical Education from Queensland University of Technology and currently teachers senior PE at Toowoomba Grammar.

Along with teaching senior PE at Toowoomba Grammar School, Mr Fryer has also been the Manager of the 1st XV Rugby team for the past three years (2017-2019) and has been involved in a large number of co-curricular programs within the GPS competition.

The Director of Boarding

Mr James Noble came to the School in 2008 as the Boarding Housemaster of Mackintosh House and was promoted to the position of Director of Boarding in 2010. As well as being the Director of Boarding, Mr Noble is also the Boarding Housemaster of Taylor House. Previously, he spent many years as a Housemaster at Nudgee College and whilst at the School also held the senior position of Acting Director of Senior School Students. Mr Noble has been a District Panellist in his main subject area, Accounting, and is also a teacher of Economics and Business Studies.

The Chief Financial Officer

Mrs Christina Onley joined the School as Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Mrs Onley is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in financial and project management across the infrastructure, agribusiness and health sectors. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management, both from the University of Queensland.

The Director of People and Culture

Ms Louise Strachan commenced with Toowoomba Grammar School as the Director of People and Culture in 2021. Louise is a vastly experienced corporate services professional and holds a Master in Business Administration degree specialising in Human Resources Management. Louise also has an undergraduate honours degree in business education from the Queensland University of Technology, and she has enjoyed time in the classroom as a teacher at St. Rita’s College, Clayfield. 

Prior to joining Toowoomba Grammar School, Louise held the position of Head of Human Resources at MLC School, Sydney and led the development and delivery of strategic and operational HR initiatives and WHS programs.