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Mr John Story AO, Chair, Former Chancellor of The University of Queensland

John StoryGraduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1969.

Mr John Story AO was the Chancellor of The University of Queensland from 2009 up to his retirement at the end of 2015.  He is a highly-experienced corporate leader with strong familial, professional and personal links to UQ.

John's paternal grandfather, John Douglas ('JD') Story, was UQ's first full-time Vice-Chancellor, serving in an honorary capacity, and the J.D Story building at St Lucia campus is named after him. Another monument to his grandfather is the Story Bridge in Brisbane city.

John has continued the affiliation by studying at the University and formerly giving legal advice to UQ. He has held two voluntary positions, as a UQ Senator since May 2006 and formerly as an Adjunct Professor, and whilst he was a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth he initiated supportive links between the legal firm and UQ's TC Beirne School of Law.

He was an inaugural Commissioner of the Public Service Commission (Queensland) until 2012 and a partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth for 36 years, retiring on 30 June 2006. As a lawyer, he practised in the areas of corporate and commercial law, focussing particularly on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. During his career, he participated in the formation and development of a number of major projects and enterprises in Queensland and nationally.

Previous directorships include Echo Entertainment, Suncorp Group, CSR Ltd, Tabcorp Holdings and Magnotec.


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Mr James Bell QC

James BellJames Bell was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993.

James has bachelor degrees in commerce and law from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Laws from Cambridge University. He is a certified mediator, having completed formal mediation training including the Mediation Programs at Bond University and the Harvard Law School.

He has a broad practice in advisory work, trials and appeals in both Commonwealth and State courts.  Although most matters involve commercial disputes, he also has substantial experience in other areas, including succession law and regulatory matters concerning the legal profession and areas such as price setting for electricity supply.  He has appeared in various Royal Commissions, including most recently as Counsel Assisting in the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry.

For many years, James has been regularly appointed as mediator of disputes in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Federal Court of Australia and other jurisdictions.

Mr Andrew Catsoulis, Co-Director, National Storage

Andrew CatsoulisGraduated from the University of Queensland 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1989 with a Bachelor of Laws.

Andrew is a qualified lawyer who has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Federal Court of Australia.

He has had extensive experience in the fields of finance, commercial and property law during his tenure at major law firms both in Australia and overseas. He is also a qualified project manager and has considerable property development experience both within the storage industry and in broader markets.  A founder of the original National Storage business, he has over 18 years of specific self-storage industry expertise including in the areas of acquisition, development, integration and operation of 'greenfield' and developed self-storage centres.

Ms Erin Feros, Partner, Sector Leader, Mining Allens Linklaters

Erin FerosGraduated from the University of Queensland in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1983 with a Bachelor of Laws.

Erin was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and became a partner of Allens in 1988.  Erin is a member of the Allens Board, is the firm's Mining Sector Head and is the managing partner of the Brisbane office.  Mergers and acquisitions in the resources sector and privatisations are Erin’s primary areas of practice. She is a former director of Queensland Rail and is currently on the board of the Queensland Theatre Company. Erin is also a member of the organisation CEW – Chief Executive Women.

Mr Steven Skala AO, Vice Chairman, Australia & New Zealand, Deutsche Bank AG

Steven SkalaGraduated from the University of Queensland in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1978 with a Bachelor of Laws. He also has a Bachelor of Civil Laws from Oxford University.

He is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG. Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, and is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and a Director of Hexima Limited, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. He has also just become Chair of a ‘Business Start-ups” venture the BlueChilli Group.

Mr Skala is a former commercial lawyer in corporate law. Between 1982 and 1985, he was a partner of Brisbane law firm Morris Fletcher and Cross (now Minter Ellison). Between 1985 and 2004, Mr Skala was a partner of law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler and was head of its Corporate and Commercial Practice for several years.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to the visual and performing arts through roles supporting wider community access, to business and commerce, and to community through the promotion of educational opportunities for young Australians.

He and his wife Lousje are big supporters of the Arts especially in Victoria.

The Hon Dr Magaret White AO

Margaret WhiteAfter completing her law degree at the University of Adelaide, the Hon Dr Margaret White was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1978.

In 1990, she became the first female Master of the Supreme Court of Queensland and was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 1992. In 2010, Dr White was appointed Judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal.

DrWhite was a senior tutor in law and lecturer in law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 1970 to 1982, a member of the UQ Senate from 1993-2009, and Deputy Chancellor from 2006-2010.

She has been a member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Queensland Selection Committee since 1993 and chair since 2004.

In 1967, Margaret became the first Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) Reserve Officer commissioned in the reconstituted Reserve since the Second World War. She served as Commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve from 2003-2010.

Dr White was awarded the Centenary Medal for distinguished service as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2001. In 2011, Dr White was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor Laws by the university.

Dr White is married to Dr Michael White QC, former Executive Director of the Centre for Maritime Law at UQ and a former navy commander. He is currently adjunct professor at the TC Beirne School of Law.


The TC Beirne School of Law and the Forgan Smith Re-imagination Committee would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their support and contributions:

  • Michael White, Ryan Gawrych & Kay Saunders, ‘TC Beirne School of Law – 70th Anniversary Booklet 2006’
  • John Oxley Library
  • Fryer Library
  • UQ Archives
  • Clive Moore, ‘The Forgan Smith History of a Building and its People at The University of Queensland’ 

In particular, we thank Michael White for his assistance on this project.

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