Our Leadership Team

Meet our Headmaster

Mr Paul Brown


A confident communicator and astute storyteller, it’s not surprising that Paul Brown’s teaching area of expertise is English Literature. BBC’s Headmaster is more than qualified for the top job, holding graduate and post-graduate qualifications from the University of Sydney and Macquarie Graduate School of Management and recently having completed a school leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A father to two daughters with wife, Karen, Mr Brown has more than 20 years experience in top tier high performing independent schools, having been on the Executive at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview (1997-2008), Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga (2009-2015) and most recently at MLC School, Burwood (2015-2017). He has been the Deputy Head at his last two schools and boasts six years at the largest independent day and boarding school for boys in New South Wales.

Mr Brown’s strong commitment to education, academic excellence, and to Christian leadership makes him adept at shaping the future of BBC and its community. “I am looking forward to joining a vibrant Brisbane Boys’ College community where the focus is on assisting each and every student to reach their potential and prepare them to take their place in the world as confident, competent and compassionate young men who will contribute to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their community and the nation at large,” Paul said.

He sees BBC graduates as well-rounded young men of wisdom, faith and integrity who “have gained the skills and experience to overcome the inevitable setbacks they will encounter in life, will build positive relationships and have a tenacity to persist and succeed in the face of duress.”

Paul not only brings to the College outstanding achievements in the academic arena, but also the business world. As a visionary with a clear sense of purpose, Paul will no doubt influence the College’s future in boys’ education.

“At BBC we will encourage boys to participate in a wide range of sporting, intellectual, co-curricular, service and aesthetic pursuits to develop interests that complement their formal studies and which may ignite lifelong interests and passions,” Mr Brown remarked.

So what is on the horizon for our community? Paul says he hopes to continue to provide an exciting, challenging and enriching curriculum through which boys pursue critical thinking and problem solving in a variety of contexts.

“We need to foster a student culture in which students readily accept responsibility and value the service of others, enabled through a diversity of leadership experiences. Where we inculcate within students a sense of faith, justice, conscience and compassion.”

Whilst preparing students to contribute to their community is a large focus for the incoming Headmaster, Mr Brown also believes that the quality of programs delivered at BBC can only be as good as those delivering them. With significant experience in transformational change and organisational management within an educational environment, Paul is the right man for the job. “I want to develop accomplished, well-resourced and inspirational staff, committed to the students under their care and imbued with a strong sense of service, professional learning and collegiality.”

With new leadership, comes change. However Mr Brown also understands the importance of traditions and icons to the Brisbane Boys’ College story; the boater, the Pipe Band, the war cry, the Highlander. The heritage of 116 years will stand strong whilst maintaining high expectations through a clearly defined set of standards, adding to the tone and character of the College and its members.

But what about the man behind the title? Born and raised in Sydney, the State of Origin Series will prove very interesting in 2018. As a forward looking, proactive leader, Paul has particular interest in educational research and literature, but is also keen on cricket, cycling and sport in general.

Brisbane Boys’ College is delighted to be led in 2018 by an educator of such high calibre and demonstrated achievement. So, when you see Paul around the campus or at a College event, please join us in congratulating Mr Brown on his appointment and warmly welcome him into the Brisbane Boys’ College community.



BBC's Executive Team

Headmaster, Mr Paul Brown

Deputy Headmaster, Mr Damon Emtage

Head of Middle School, Mr David Bell

Head of Junior School, Mr Keith Dalleywater

Head of Academic Performance and Innovation P to 12, Dr Leigh Hobart

Head of Professional Practice and Partnerships, Mr Sean Riordan

Head of Co-curriculum, Mr Mark Pavone

Head of Advancement, Mr Peter Franks

Head of Business Operations, Mr Chris Duffy