Arlie Felton-Taylor is communicator and emcee with a passion for rural storytelling.
She has recently left the ABC after twenty years with the national broadcaster both as a rural reporter and presenter of the Queensland Country Hour, Australia’s longest running radio program.
Her two decades of reporting gave her extensive knowledge of rural news and current affairs and her postings at Mount Isa, Longreach, Rockhampton, and Toowoomba, means she has amassed an enormous network of contacts.
A committee member of the Rural Press Club of Queensland, Arlie enjoys being part of an organisation that features engaging experts highlighting important topics in the state’s agriculture sector.
Arlie grew up on sheep and cattle properties in western and central Queensland and attended both Mount Isa School of the Air and Longreach School of Distance Education before boarding school in Toowoomba, Brisbane, and Rockhampton.
Kate Drury has a passion for Agriculture and leverages her love for the Ag sector as the Agribusiness District Manager for Western QLD at Suncorp Group. Kate grew up on a central QLD cattle station as a 3rd generation grazier and completed five years at Capricornia School of Distance Education before embarking on five years of boarding school at Rockhampton Grammar School. Kate completed a Bachelor of Economics at UQ in Brisbane before commencing her career in banking in early 2017, joining Suncorp Group as an Agribusiness graduate. After moving from an assistant to managerial roles in the early years, Kate now leads a team of agribusiness bankers across Western QLD supporting the regions of Miles, Roma, St George and Longreach, home to a portfolio of over a billion dollars’ worth of agribusiness lending. Over the course of Kate’s career, she has had the privileged opportunity to join industry committees and groups to support her network in the Ag industry, having represented on the St George Cotton Growers Association for many years, completed the Murray Darling Leadership Course in 2021, being a panellist at the Women in Ag Toowoomba event in 2023 and currently on the Next Generation Committee for Beef Week 2024.
Phillip has been the Headmaster of The Rockhampton Grammar School since 2010. Phillip is passionate about educating students to be the best people they can be, the development of leadership within schools (governance, students, teachers, school leaders), teaching and learning, global education, rural and regional education, agricultural education and school based change.
Before joining The Rockhampton Grammar School, Phillip had worked at Brisbane Grammar School for eighteen and a half years, where he held a variety of positions including Deputy Headmaster, Deputy Head of Boarding, Head of Science and Head of Chemistry. Also, for fourteen years, Phillip worked as a lecturer for the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University on-line in the areas of educational leadership and using data to inform learning.
Phillip earned his PhD in Education from the University of Queensland, investigating the planning, teaching and assessment of higher order thinking processes and dispositions. Phillip also possesses a Bachelor of Educational Studies with First Class Honours, Postgraduate Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music, all from the University of Queensland.
Phillip has been a member of the ISQ Board for the past eight years, was Chair of the Education Subcommittee for five years, and became Board Chair in 2023. He is a Graduate of the AICD Directors Course and has served on the Anglicare Central Queensland Board and the Board of the Australian Boarding Schools Association. In 2022 Phillip was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Services to Secondary Education.