Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia
When it comes to empowering female leadership in education, Karen Spiller’s impact is profound. In her 16 years as principal of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane, Spiller has exerted a significant influence on school leadership – particularly women in leadership – and girls’ education in Australia and internationally. In 2006, Spiller established the multi-award-winning annual Aspiring Women Leaders Conference, and has also delivered similar programs for the Associations of Independent Schools of NSW and Western Australia. Spiller also serves Australian education in her role as vice president of Independent Schools Queensland and as a director of Yalari, an organisation that assists young Indigenous students in gaining quality education. She is also a past national president of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.