Board chairperson since February 2014
Brian Stewart has held chief executive and senior management roles in the private and public sectors including chief executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) and director-general of the state government departments of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Emergency Services, and Consumer Affairs. He has also served as director for profit and not-for-profit companies including the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.
Brian was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1976 and has held the roles of crown prosecutor and assistant public defender.
Brian has held a range of key positions on government boards, tribunals and on community groups including the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Queensland) and Logan House. He has also served as a trustee of the Lady Bowen Trust dedicated to improving opportunities for the homeless.
Board member since June 2005
Iyla Davies was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and is currently the head and chief executive of The Women’s College in the University of Queensland. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at QUT and UQ, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. For more than 20 years she was a law academic specialising in family law, dispute resolution and mediation. She has also held community leadership roles as the Queensland and national president of Relationships Australia and as a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Board.
Board member since July 2008
Allan Welsh has led major projects in the public and private sectors for the past 20 years, with extensive experience in managing capital infrastructure, information and business system projects and events. In 2008 he received a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was awarded two Australia Day medals for capital works programming and arts infrastructure management in Queensland.
Board member since June 2011
Terry Browne was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and is an accredited specialist in criminal law. He is a partner of the law firm Arthur Browne & Associates and has served as a member of the Queensland Law Society's Criminal Law section as well as the Access to Justice and Pro-Bono section. Terry practises primarily in regional areas and is also a casual lecturer at James Cook University.
Board member since February 2014
Peter Nolan is a Brisbane barrister with many years experience in criminal law. Admitted as a barrister more than 35 years ago, he worked as a prosecutor and then crown prosecutor until he moved into private practice where he specialised in civil and criminal matters. He now focuses on criminal law and continues to serve as an officer in the Australian Army Legal Corps — a position he was commissioned to in 1985.
Anthony Reilly is an experienced lawyer and public administrator who has held senior roles in the Queensland Government prior to his appointment as Legal Aid Queensland’s CEO. Before working in government, Mr Reilly spent many years working as a lawyer, including in community legal centres.