Dr Mark Sayers - Chairman

Mark is a barrister who has been in private practice since 1998.  Mark specializes in family law, succession and guardianship law.  Mark is also currently a presiding member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (Queensland)and up until 2010 held a research role in philosophy at St Paul’s Theological College, Banyo.

Mark holds a Ph.D as well as bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Queensland in Arts and Law. Mark’s doctoral studies in Thomistic natural law included research at both St Benet’s Hall and Blackfriars, Oxford.  For many years, Mark combined post-graduate study with the role of boarding house master at Brisbane Grammar School where he had a particular commitment to coaching and refereeing rugby (including at senior or open levels).

Mark has previously served as Associate to Hon. Justice McPherson CBE in the Supreme Court (Qld)-Court of Appeal; as a consultant to the Queensland Litigation Reform Commission; and on the governing committee of the Bar Association of Queensland.  Mark has both published articles in refereed law journals and presented papers to state and national professional conferences on questions of law reform, medico-legal ethics, family law and philosophy of law. 

Mark is married to Carol, who is principal of St Agatha’s Primary School, Clayfield.  Mark has been a regular part of the music ministry at St Stephen’s Cathedral since 1998, playing the pipe organ and acting as cantor at services.