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 Acting 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.

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, Acting Deputy Principal
MEd, BA, DipEd

Mrs Clay has had extensive teaching experience across K-12 in both public and independent schools. Mrs Clay has been an integral part of the RJ community since 2002 as Head of Secondary and more recently as Assistant Principal. Mrs Clay is responsible for RJ’s day to day organisation and oversees student welfare and leadership development.


Mrs Narelle Taylor, Assistant Principal/Head of Primary (Marsden Park Campus)
MSpecialEd, BA, DipEd

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 fully involved in the commencement and ongoing management of the Marsden Park Campus. In 2020, Mrs Taylor relocated to the Marsden Park Campus on a full-time basis to facilitate its ongoing growth, ensuring its learning culture would complement the highly successful culture at the Oakhurst Campus.


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

Mrs Shannon-Duhigg recently joined the RJ community in 2020 and has had a wide range of teaching and leading experience in a number of independent schools, particularly in the area of performing arts.


Mrs Julia Scrimshaw, Acting Head of Secondary
BSc (Hons), PGDip, PGCE, MClinTeach

Mrs Scrimshaw has had extensive teaching experience across K-12 schools in both the United Kingdom and Australia in both the Public and Independent sectors. Mrs Scrimshaw has been pivotal in the establishment and integration of RJ's online learning systems and has played a significant role as Director of Studies since joining RJ in 2016. Mrs Scrimshaw became a member of the Executive in 2020.


Mrs Stephanie Ghali, Operations Manager
MCom(ProfAcc), MIPA AFA, CertGov(NFP), ADipTh, JP

Mrs Ghali has been involved in a number of 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.

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 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