About the Board

The composition of the BOAQ Board is prescribed under section 82 of the Architects Act 2002.   The BOAQ Board comprises seven Members who are appointed by the Governor in Council for three year terms.

The Minister for Public Works and Procurement nominates six Members:

  • an academic head or an academic representative of a prescribed school of architecture,  who is also an architect or eligible for registration.  (Prescribed schools are: University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Bond University);
  • a representative of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), who is an architect or eligible for registration;
  • an architect who resides and undertakes architectural services in regional Queensland;
  • a lawyer of at least 10 years standing, with experience in the law relating to building and construction;
  • a person who has at least 10 years experience as a construction contractor in the building and construction industry;
  • a person who is not an architect who the Minister reasonably believes will represent community interests

The seventh Member is an architect elected by registered architects.  The Board conducts elections for this position every three years.

The Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are selected from the Members of the Board, and are appointed by the Governor in Council.

BOAQ Board Members

Jennifer McVeigh, Chairperson and Construction Lawyer

Jennifer McVeigh was appointed as Chairperson in August 2022, having served as Deputy Chairperson since April 2018. 

She was admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986.  Since then, the majority of her work has been in the field of dispute resolution in the construction industry.  She has a well-earned reputation for holistic strategic thinking and risk identification expertise, developing tailored legal and commercial solutions to create value and reduce risk. 

Jennifer is a sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Deputy Chairperson of the Tripartite Procurement Advisory Panel and principal of her own business, McVeigh Expert Determination.

Jennifer is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a life-long learner, Jennifer is committed to maintaining and sharing knowledge.  In 2004, 2005 and 2008 she developed and lectured a course on dispute management to students in the School of Built Environment at the Queensland University of Technology. Since 1991, she has been a regular presenter at conferences and seminars attended by lawyers, architects, engineers, construction professionals and students.

Alice Hampson, Deputy Chairperson, Australian Institute of Architects Representative and Architect   

Alice Hampson is a registered architect, sole practitioner, writer, architectural historian and installation artist. She graduated from the University of Queensland in Design Studies and Architecture with first class honours and was awarded the Board of Architects Prize and the RAIA Medallion.

Alice is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland, a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Chair of the Queensland National Heritage Committee, 2021 National AIA President and the Awards Director for the AIA's Queensland AIA Awards in 2017. She is a member of the Queensland Heritage Council and has been as an assessor for cultural heritage.

Alice has been a contributing editor for Architecture Australia, and was formerly the Brisbane and Queensland Editor of Monument magazine. Alice also serves as a BOAQ Examiner and as a member of the AACA Accreditation Standing Panel.

Associate Professor Lindy Osborne Burton, Academic Representative and Architect

Associate Professor Lindy Osbourne Burton was appointed to the Board in April 2018.

Educated in South Africa, Lindy emigrated to Australia in 1996 and worked at Cox Rayner Architects, before becoming registered as an Architect in 2000.  Following 18 years working in architectural practices, and having received 15 professional awards, in 2008 Lindy chose to pursue a full-time academic career. 
She is now Associate Professor of Architecture and program co-leader for Design for Health at Queensland University of Technology, as well as Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at Taylor’s University, in Kuala Lumpur. Lindy is also a Senior Fellow and and Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy and her teaching excellence has been recognised at QUT and nationally.

Lindy’s research interests and expertise centre on the design of innovative environments to support mental health, neuro-distinction and gender equity.  As an Associate Director and Program Leader in the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Building Systems Against Airborne Infection Transmission, Lindy collaborates with scientists and engineers globally to propose innovative approaches to reduce airborne infection transmission.  In 2021, Lindy served as a juror for the International Union of Architects (UIA) Award for Innovation in Architectural Education, and in 2023 she will serve as an alternate juror on the UIA's International Innovative Health Design Awards program.  She is a member of the Australian Health Design Council.

Lindy is also a Referee for the Queensland Development Tribunal, Co-Chair of the AIA's Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region, and a member of the AACA's Accreditation Standing Panel and Overseas Qualifications Assessment Panel.  She is Australian regional editor for the International Journal of Architectural Research.

Tania Dennis, Regional Member Representative and Architect

Tania Dennis was appointed to the Board in April 2018.  She is the Director of Insideout Architects, a Townsville-based practice providing architecture, project management, urban design, interior design, rural / land use planning and construction services. Tania's practice has received National, Queensland and Northern Territory architecture awards and commendations including for indigenous, environmentally sustainable and small project architecture.  Tania studied architecture and interior design at the University of South Australia.

She is also a member of the AACA Accreditation Standing Panel which advises on accreditation of architecture programs delivered by Australian Universities.

Debra Johnson, Non-architect community representative

Debra has over 45 years’ experience in the development industry, and for the last 35 years she has predominantly worked as a development consultant, managing her own business.

In addition, she works as a mediator and adjudicator for building, development and other related disputes.  An experienced mediator and adjudicator, Debra regularly serves as Chair of the Queensland Government’s Building and Development Tribunal and the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee.

Debra is also the National Vice President for the Housing Industry Association Ltd (HIA), Board representative on the HIA National Technical Committee, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Regional and Urban Town Planning course at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bridget Taylor, Construction Industry Member

Bridget is an experienced construction and project manager, managing both fit-outs and commercial building projects.  She has delivered a broad range of commercial construction projects ranging from greenfield new-build developments, refurbishments and complex integrated fit-outs. Her broad range of experience cuts across in the retail banking sector, retail sector, commercial fitouts, in the fuel retail sector and delivering on government projects.  

Currently the Construction Manager at Rork Projects, Bridget manages a team of project managers, contract administrators and site managers for the Queensland business.  Bridget has achieved remarkable success in the construction industry and is the recipient of numerous awards.  She was awarded the Master Builders Association’s 2012 State Women in Building Award, honoured for being a remarkable role model for women in construction.  She was also awarded a National Association of Women in Construction’s Crystal Vision Award, and an Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Queensland Professional Excellence Award.  Bridget has previously held voluntary positions in the Queensland Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), including as Vice President; for the Queensland University of Technology Mentoring Scheme; and as juror for various awards.

She was appointed to the Board in July 2016.

Robert Wesener, Elected Architect Representative

Robert Wesner is an experienced architect who has practised in Queensland since 1973, after commencing work with the Queensland Government.  After 13 years, he moved to the private sector and worked in a variety of practices before becoming a Partner/Director at Fulton Trotter Architects, and Managing Director from 2007 to 2019.  Robert’s experience is broad-based, across residential, commercial, community, education, aged care and health, for projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales.  

Robert has also contributed to the architecture profession by serving as the QLD/NT President and National Treasurer of the Association of Consulting Architects, as well as on the QLD Practice Committee and as Senior Counsellor for the Australian Institute of Architects. Robert is also a BOAQ Examiner.

Robert was elected to the BOAQ in 2022.  He has a particular interest in working collaboratively across the profession to improve the education, professional standards and professional development of architects in Queensland and to maintain Queensland’s robust registration system, in order to uphold the high standing of the architecture profession.

BOAQ Registry Staff

The BOAQ’s Registry office is managed by the Registrar, Anita Nikolaou.
Other Registry staff supporting the BOAQ are the Senior Administration Officer (Toni Condon), Finance Officer (Joanne Grant), Investigator (Noel Leigh), and Administration Officer (Cheyenne Tuari).