WHY RJ?

Our Leadership

Our Leadership Team share a common purpose based on our School's vision and values.

Leading by example

The Leadership at RJ is
Passionate, Committed and Trustworthy.

Our Principal, Mr Alan Dawson (MEdLead, MMusStud, BMus, BA, AdvDipChristianMin&BibStudies) has had extensive experience in public and independent schools across Queensland and New South Wales. Mr Dawson joined the RJ community in 2017 as Deputy Principal and was appointed as Principal in 2021.

Mr Dawson is fully committed to ensuring that each and every RJ student succeeds under his care so they can become confident within themselves and serve society in a meaningful way. He believes an RJ education is one that distinguishes our students as confident, agile, reflective and engaged learners.

As a Christian Educator, Mr Dawson knows and understands the importance of being surrounded by the positive messages of hope and assurances of personal value that such an environment provides and is essential for encouraging a young person to become all they can be.

When you meet Mr Dawson, you will be impressed with how passionate he is about RJ. You will note his genuine affection for the students and his delight in watching them develop into mature young adults as they progress through the School.

Our Christian Executive

Mr Dawson is assisted by a highly talented and very experienced School Executive:


Mrs Jenny Clay, Deputy Principal
MEd, BA, DipEd

Mrs Clay has had extensive teaching experience across K-12 in public and independent schools. Mrs Clay has been an outstanding leader of the Secondary Section of the School since joining RJ as Secondary Coordinator in 2002. With the changing responsibilities of her role, Mrs Clay's title evolved to Head of Secondary, then to Assistant Principal/Head of Secondary in 2011, and then appointed as Deputy Principal in 2021. Mrs Clay continues to be involved in strategic direction and innovative educational practice that aims to provide students and staff with opportunities across both Campuses.


Mr Brad Maxwell, Acting Head of Secondary
BAppSc (Econ&Geo)(Hons), GradDipSecEd, MEdLeadership

Mr Maxwell commenced teaching at the Anglican Schools Corporation in 2004 after seven years as a trainer/educator in the corporate sector. Mr Maxwell joined the RJ community in 2016 as the Director of Secondary Welfare and is currently our Acting Head of Secondary. Mr Maxwell's keen desire is to help, encourage and support both students and staff to grow in their knowledge, skills and understanding.


Mrs Karen Shannon-Duhigg, Head of Primary (Oakhurst Campus)
MEd, BEd, DipEd

Mrs Shannon-Duhigg joined the RJ community in 2020 and has had a wide range of teaching and leading experience in several independent schools, particularly in the area of performing arts. Mrs Shannon-Duhigg is particularly passionate about bringing joy to the classroom and embracing the creative arts.


Mr Luke Sale, Head of Primary (Marsden Park Campus)
BTeach, BSocialScience (Youth Work)

Mr Luke Sale joined the RJ community Term 4 2021. Mr Sale was previously involved with two large Anglican Schools and is looking forward to supporting the growth of the Marsden Park Primary Section with innovative educational practice and strong welfare support. Before his involvement in Education, Mr Sale was a Case Worker with Anglicare and Fusion Western Sydney. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Educational Leadership program, and is particularly keen to connect with students, staff and families.


Mrs Julia Scrimshaw, Head of Academics, Learning & Innovation (P-12)
BSc (Hons), PGDip, PGCE, MClinTeach

Mrs Scrimshaw has had extensive teaching experience across K-12 schools in the United Kingdom and Australia in both public and independent sector. Mrs Scrimshaw has been pivotal in establishing and integrating RJ's online learning systems and has played a significant role as Director of Studies since joining RJ in 2016. Mrs Scrimshaw enjoys embracing the best that technology offers to optimise student learning and contributing to student success.


Mrs Narelle Taylor, Head of Diverse Learning (P-12)
MSpecialEd (Distinction), BA, DipEd. Mini-COGE

Mrs Taylor has had extensive experience in Primary Education in independent schools since 2000. Mrs Taylor led the Oakhurst Primary from 2012 and has been involved in the commencement and ongoing management of the Marsden Park Campus. In 2020, Mrs Taylor relocated to the Marsden Park Campus to facilitate its continued growth. In 2022, Mrs Taylor took up a new role as Head of Diverse Learning (P-12) to develop further student support and engagement.


Mrs Stephanie Ghali, Head of Enterprise & Culture
MCom(ProfAcc), CertGov(NFP), ADipTh, JP

Mrs Ghali has been involved in several Christian Schools as Bursar/Finance Manager and joined the RJ community in 2015 in the newly established role of Operations Manager. Mrs Ghali oversees the operational aspect of the School, including property, finance, marketing and transport. In 2022, this role was renamed Head of Enterprise & Culture to reflect her broader involvement at RJ. Mrs Ghali is particularly passionate about school culture, building community, and providing excellent customer service.

Our School Council

Our School is owned by the Anglican Schools Corporation which delegates some matters (including the strategic direction of RJ) to the Richard Johnson Anglican School Council. This Council is made up of experienced and well qualified Christian volunteers:

Rev. David Mears
BSc, BD(Hons), MA, MAICD (Chair)

Rev. Mears is the Senior Minister at Christ Church, Gladesville (Sydney), and was previously at Minchinbury Anglican Church. His four sons attended RJ. Rev. Mears has served on the School Council since 2010. In 2017, Rev. Mears took on the role of Council Chair.

Mr Stephen Longley
MBA (Deputy Chair)

Mr Longley's four children attended RJ. Mr Longley has worked in large retail and corporate organisations for over 35 years. He has served on the School Council since 2013.

Mrs Karen Frederick
MEd (Special Education), Grad Cert TESOL, BA, DipEd

Mrs Frederick is an experienced educator who has worked across a range of secondary and post school educational sectors. She has been involved in a range of teaching and leadership roles with a focus on Humanities, Environmental Science, English as a Second Language and Special Education. Karen joined the School Council in 2020.

Mr Gerry Hallam
FIPA, JP

Mr Hallam is an experienced finance professional with a 40 year history in financial services and education administration and joined the School Council in 2019. He has also served previously in a Christian school governance capacity and is passionate about the value of Christian Education. Mr Hallam's three adult children all attended Christian schools and his four grandchildren now attend RJ.

Mr George Mallos

Mr Mallos is an experienced litigator with extensive experience in a wide range of legal matters. Mr Mallos joined the School Council in 2017.

Rev Michael Smith
BEc, BD

Rev Smith serves as the Senior Minister at Minchinbury Anglican Church and joined the School Council in 2018. Rev Smith's three children currently attend RJ and Mrs Smith assists the School in the Primary Section.

Mrs Tanya White
BTeach, BEd

Mrs White is an experienced educator and her four children are enrolled at RJ. For a number of years Mrs White was President of the School's P&F. Mrs White joined the School Council in 2018.

Mr David Jackson
BA, DipEd, MDiv, ThM, GradDipEdStds(SpEd), MA(SpEd), PhD.

Mr Jackson taught in state high schools before joining a Christian School as Head of Special Ed, later becoming Head of Biblical Studies before retiring in 2018. He is the author of Crying Out for Vindication: The Gospel According to Job (P&R, 2007). Mr Jackson is married to Pat. They have four married children and eleven grandchildren. He and his son Dan are co-founders and authors of trainingforliferedeemed.com. Mr Jackson joined the School Council in 2021.

Mr Scott Grant
BCom, MIR, HRM, CPA (ex-officio)

Mr Grant is the School's designated Business Partner, who had had previous experience in both media and financial services industries. Mr Grant joined the Anglican Schools Corporation in 2018 and is an ex-officio Council member, along with the Principal.

I sense the warmth of the Father's love through your Godly leadership and teaching in the School .  . the children are loved and respected individually through the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Mrs Green, Current Parent, 2020
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