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Construction starts on Queensland’s first FamilyLinQ integrated school-based hub at Kingston State School

The first sod has been turned at Kingston State School to mark the start of construction on Queensland’s first FamilyLinQ hub

[May 2023]: The Bryan Foundation was proud to participate in the special event alongside Queensland Treasurer, Minister for Trade and Investment and Member for Woodridge, Mr Cameron Dick, who officially represented Education Minister Grace and was joined by The Bryan Foundation’s Executive Director, Matthew Cox and Chair, Jill Simes.  

Due for completion in late 2023, the FamilyLinQ hub will play a central role in school community life, providing safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces with a clear focus on improving health, educational and life outcomes for children and their families.

Services available at the hub will be tailored to meet community needs and will incorporate; health, family support, quality educational resources, early childhood support and services, adult education and training and community activities. 

Minister Dick said it’s a great project for our community and for Queensland.  “This is going to be transformative for the families who live in and around Kingston State School and for the local community. It brings together health, education and other services in a facility that will be open, welcoming and will help improve and transform lives."

"FamilyLinQ is an exciting new initiative that brings together the best of government education, health, philanthropy and community partners to support the wellbeing of Queensland kids and their families," said Matthew Cox, Executive Director of The Bryan Foundation. "We are proud to be part of this important collaboration and look forward to seeing the positive impact that FamilyLinQ will have on our community."

This new collaboration between the Queensland Government, The Bryan Foundation and key partners, is aimed at improving the wellbeing and life outcomes of Queensland kids and their families and highlights the commitment to support families as they grow, learn and thrive.

For more information about this important initiative that demonstrates how philanthropy can work with government to make meaningful and positive impacts on the lives of children, families and local communities, please visit FamilyLinQ.

Top photo:            Turning the first sod are (L to R) The Bryan Foundation’s Executive Director, Matthew Cox and Chair, Jill Simes; Minister Cameron Dick; Kingston State School Principal, Robyn Marshall; Matthew Bedford, of Bedford Constructions and 3rd year apprentice at Energypro Electrical Solutions, Fletcher Spicer.

Video still:            The Bryan Foundation’s Matthew Cox and Minister Cameron Dick discuss how FamilyLinQ will bring together health, education and other services… to help improve and transform lives

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Gayle Evans appointed Head of Engagement and Partnerships for The Bryan Education Foundation

[30 November 2022]: The Bryan Foundation is delighted to welcome Gayle Evans to the newly created position of Head of Engagement and Partnerships to drive collaboration between the Foundation and partners across philanthropy, government and NFP sectors.

Gayle will join the team in late December 2022 and The Bryan Foundation’s Executive Director, Matthew Cox said Gayle will bring an enormous depth of experience from working in the not-for-profit and government sectors together with corporate and tertiary industries.

“She is very well known in the for-purpose space in Queensland and comes to us with a career spanning all the major areas in which we operate,” Matthew said.  “She will make an immediate impact supporting our work with partners to help make a difference for kids in Queensland.”

Working with social purpose organisations for over 15 years, Gayle first connected with The Bryan Foundation while she was Associate Director of Venture Philanthropy (Qld) at Social Ventures Australia, and more recently as General Manager of Social Impact and Engagement with philanthropic organisation, Hand Heart Pocket. Gayle has worked as a senior executive and consultant for government, business, university and for-purpose organisations across Australia, India and Vietnam.

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and has completed executive programs at Harvard University, INSEAD Business School and the Centre for Social Impact in social entrepreneurship, partnering, governance and strategic alliances for social impact.





Submissions OPEN for the 2023 WH Bryan PhD Scholarship in Earth Sciences

Applications CLOSE 1 March 2023 | Scholarship AWARDED end-March 2023

[26 August 2022]:  The Bryan Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for eligible PhD candidates to apply for the next WH Bryan PhD Scholarship in Queensland Earth Sciences, with the successful applicant to be announced at the end of March 2023.

Established in 2018 by The Bryan Foundation, the Scholarship commemorates the legacy of Professor WH Bryan MC, who made many fundamental, impactful and diverse contributions to the geology of Queensland, tertiary education and societal wellbeing.

The inaugural Scholarship was awarded to Robert Emo (pictured left) in late 2018 to undertake research at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with Professor Balz Kamber (pictured right) to investigate rare, deeply sourced rocks or xenoliths brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions.

Robert completed his doctorate at QUT in June 2022 and his thesis, Probing the lower continental crust with petrology and geochemistry of Queensland xenoliths, can be found [here]. His work is also published in several preeminent geological and scientific journals around the world.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather WH Bryan MC and father, Bob Bryan AM, is QUT geologist Professor Scott Bryan and a Director of The Bryan Foundation.

Professor Bryan said the aim of the WH Bryan PhD Scholarship is to advance the understanding of Queensland Earth Sciences by addressing a globally significant problem leading to impactful outcomes.

He congratulated Robert Emo for his outstanding efforts completing his PhD away from his Irish homeland and during the global pandemic.

“While the world was being impacted in different ways by Covid-19, Robert was able to complete his thesis on time and make significant advances in understanding of what happens in the lower crust and how the lower crust is connected to magmas and igneous rocks we see at the surface in Queensland,” Professor Bryan said.

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Philanthropic groups join forces in three-year funding agreement to support Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership

Improving the wellbeing of children and families in Queensland

[12 May 2022]: The Bryan Foundation is proud to join forces with three highly respected philanthropic organisations to support the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP), to focus on bringing communities and workforces closer together to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their families around the state.

Joining the Foundation in announcing their ongoing support for TQKP is Queensland’s largest charitable fund, Hand Heart Pocket Foundation; active supporter of rural and regional youth, The John Villers Trust, together with one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organisations, the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership was formed in 2020 by Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) to facilitate change by bringing people and knowledge together, to benefit children and young people across Queensland.

TQKP enables ARACY to provide an on-the-ground presence in Queensland with a purpose of contributing to:

  • the health, development, safety and wellbeing of all Queensland children and young people;
  • disrupting disadvantage, adversity and insecurity; and
  • building capabilities, connections and resilience.

In a nutshell, TQKP will put change in motion by translating experience and science into policy and practice.

The Bryan Foundation Executive Director Matthew Cox said the Foundation was delighted to be working with other leading philanthropic organisations to help make it happen.

“TQKP brings together everyone with an important role to play in improving things for kids in Queensland.”

“We’re looking forward to working with TQKP partners to build a 10- or 20-year program of work that will make lasting changes in communities across the State,” Matthew said.

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Matthew Cox appointed Executive Director of The Bryan Foundation and The Bryan Education Foundation

Former Managing Director Geoff McMahon remains as Non-Executive Director

[4 February 2022]: The Board of The Bryan Foundation and The Bryan Education Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of widely-respected early childhood and community development champion, Matthew Cox, to the position of Executive Director of both Foundations.

Matthew replaces long-standing Managing Director, Geoff McMahon who has worked with the Bryan Family Group and its associated companies for over 30 years. Geoff will remain a Non-Executive Director of both Foundations to ensure a smooth management transition to Matthew and he will also remain on the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

Chair, Jill Simes said that while Matthew will have big shoes to fill following Geoff handing over the reins, she was confident that he would take both Foundations on their next growth trajectories based on his extensive philanthropic networks and experience in the social change space.  

“Matthew’s appointment will broaden our management expertise and we expect this to be particularly beneficial for our most recent core impact initiative, FamilyLinQ  – a collaboration between The Bryan Education Foundation and Queensland Government – which is an integrated school-based hubs initiative that connects education, health and community services.

Before joining the Foundations, Matthew was the founding Executive Director of Logan Together – one of Australia’s largest child development programs – responsible for pioneering the use of collective impact approaches to make large-scale community change.

Prior to founding Logan Together, he spent a decade leading the Red Cross’ human services program in Queensland following on from earlier careers in local government and rural and regional industries.

Matthew also serves on the boards of several state and national child development programs and social change initiatives, complementing The Bryan Foundations’ core focus of empowering young Queenslanders through education.

Jill welcomed Matthew to the team and paid tribute to Geoff’s long-standing role with both the Foundations and Bryan Family Group.

“We wish to acknowledge Geoff’s significant contribution and on behalf of the Bryan family, convey our sincere appreciation for his many years of dedication and commitment.

“Geoff has been instrumental in overseeing the growth and strategic direction of both Foundations and we are delighted that he will remain as a Non-Executive Director on the two boards,” Jill added.

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Queensland schools integrate family and health under one roof

Kingston State School will host a one-stop-shop for education, health and community services as part of Queensland's first FamilyLinQ school.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was partnering with The Bryan Foundation to deliver the integrated school-based hub, opening in 2023.

"This is a fantastic announcement for the Kingston State School community, connecting local families with health services and training initiatives for parents," Ms Grace said.

Pictured L to R: attending the milestone announcement on 13 October 2021 were The Bryan Foundation's Managing Director, Geoff McMahon; Member for Woodridge and Queensland Treasurer The Hon. Cameron Dick, MP; and Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing, The Hon. Grace Grace, MP.

Read The Hon. Grace Grace's media announcement here

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The Bryan Foundation supports three vital COVID-19 progams

Additional capital released for COVID-19 rapid response funding 

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest health and economic crisis in modern times, which has led to The Bryan Foundation freeing-up additional capital for rapid response funding to support three Queensland-based COVID-19 programs — to help communities at risk, fund vaccine development research and clinical trials.

The Bryan Foundation is supporting the University of Queensland’s (UQ) COVID-19 Vaccine Acceleration Project.  UQ is one of four organisations globally selected by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), for funding the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Phase I clinical trials commenced on July 13, 2020 comprising 120 people in Brisbane. If that trial is successful, Phase 2 clinical trials will commence overseas involving 800 to 1,000 people.

1st photo: University of Queensland's Professor Paul Young with UQ's COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

2nd photo: Jill Simes, The Bryan Foundation's Executive Chair participates in UQ's 'Passing the Hat' COVID-19 ChangeMakers video.

View UQ's COVID-19 ChangeMakers video here

The Bryan Foundation is also supporting Logan Together’s Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  Logan Together is providing emergency relief funds and frontline services for individuals and families affected by coronavirus. Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation has also matched The Bryan Foundation’s donation, with the combined funds helping Logan Together to purchase recycled tablets, computers and data packs for families with no data access; together with helping local charities to provide home schooling, physical activity and mental health support services.

Another program The Bryan Foundation is assisting is the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund that is working with Melbourne’s Doherty Institute on an Australasian COVID-19 Trial known as ASCOT.  The ASCOT clinical trial is an adaptive study where different drugs can be trialled as and when required.


"A leader in business and philanthropy"

GENERATIONS: a story in the 2020 winter edition of Grammar News

It has been 70 years since Bob Bryan first walked through the front gates of Brisbane Grammar School; with his children and grandchildren also following in his footsteps.

Read about Bob’s journey from his days as a rugby-loving student to his remarkable years in business through to the creation of The Bryan Foundation — a perpetual family legacy and a means of making a difference to the lives of vulnerable young Queenslanders through education.  Pictured: Bob with his son Scott Bryan and grandsons Sebastian and Lucas.

Full story in Grammar News Winter 2020 edition here


Social Ventures Australia launches Early Childhood Education Toolkit (ECE Toolkit)

Oral language skills predict young children’s success in the classroom and life

Communication, curiosity and conversation are key predictors of young children’s success later in life, according to new best practice resources on early childhood education launched in Brisbane in March 2020.

The Early Childhood Education Toolkit (ECE Toolkit), launched by Social Ventures Australia-backed education not-for-profit, Evidence for Learning, shows that communication and language approaches consistently provide benefits for children between the ages of two and five years old.  Oral language acquisition is a predictor of a child’s success in formal classroom settings and life trajectories more broadly.

The ECE Toolkit is an accessible summary of more than 1,700 education research studies, made possible by the assistance of The Bryan Foundation. It provides an example of how philanthropy can ensure funding is invested in approaches that work best for Australian children.

To support the use of communication and language approaches, Evidence for Learning commissioned the University of Queensland to develop tip sheets for educators. They contain three oral language resources, available for free, which are based on a systemic review of current research and provide evidence-informed strategies to support rich conversations with young learners.

The launch event brought together a range of early childhood educators and policy makers from around Queensland to discuss how evidence can help great practice become common practice not just in Queensland, but across Australia.

The Bryan Foundation Executive Chair Jill Simes said the organisation was proud to partner with Evidence for Learning, saying: “The Evidence for Learning early childhood education initiative has the potential to deliver national positive impacts but also has special features to generate high value for early learning throughout Queensland.”

Chair of Evidence for Learning’s Early Childhood Education Expert Reference Council, Professor Karen Thorpe, from The University of Queensland said: “Evidence for Learning’s work in early childhood education supports educators in their everyday decision-making. By collating and analysing the most current evidence, Evidence for Learning mobilises the best knowledge in early learning research for the benefit of educators, children and our nation’s future.”

For more information about ECE Toolkit


The Bryan Foundation partners with Social Ventures Australia to extend Evidence for Learning’s reach into early childhood

Introducing “E4L ECE”

Evidence for Learning in Early Childhood Education

[26 March 2019]: The Bryan Foundation is proud to announce a new collaboration with Social Ventures Australia (SVA) to launch a ground breaking evidence based toolkit, to ensure Early Childhood Education (ECE) is being spent on programs that actually work and improve ECE practices for children before they start school.

The Bryan Foundation’s Executive Chair, Jill Simes said the new partnership with SVA was one of the most significant and ambitious projects the Foundation has embarked upon to date.

The Foundation’s funding will be used to:

  • Build and launch an Early Childhood Education Toolkit that will be a free online summary of the best evidence on early years education, in ready-to-use forms for the early years learning sector;
  • Carry out high quality early childhood education research trials on promising initiatives in an innovative model, that publicly reports findings in plain English that can change practice and speed up improvements; and
  • Recruit and fund an Evidence Advocate to engage with Queensland’s early years learning sector. This Advocate will be responsible for scouting promising initiatives, tailoring the Early Childhood Education Toolkit for different audiences and working with providers and others to mobilise the evidence and knowledge of the program.

“The E4L ECE program has the potential to deliver great national positive impacts but also has special features to generate high value for early learning throughout Queensland,” Jill said.

“The program will generate evidence to ensure early childhood expenditure is directed towards programs that actually work and the Foundation is extremely proud to partner with SVA. 

“SVA’s primary aim with Evidence for Learning is to reduce the impact of social disadvantage on student achievement by supporting teachers and school leaders to adopt and embrace evidence based research, that will achieve better outcomes within the vital early childhood learning sector,” she added.

Evidence for Learning Director Matthew Deeble says: “High-quality early learning has a significant positive effect on a child’s readiness for school, and it has the greatest benefit for those from disadvantaged families. That’s why we’re dedicated to greater evidence directed towards helping early childhood educators. As we did with our work in schools, we will consult widely and involve closely early childhood education research and practice experts as we combine the global knowledge with Australian experience to present clear and useful learning to busy early childhood educators.”

For more information about E4L ECE