Karen Spiller is a past National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and was a board member of this Association for ten years and a previous Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Karen is currently the Chair of Independent Schools Queensland, a member of the Board of Independent Schools Australia and a member of the national Yalari Board.
For six years Spiller was a member of the Alliance of Girls' Schools, Australasia National Board and held the position of President of that organisation for two years. Spiller's respect in the educational community Australia wide and locally, has seen her recognised with a number of peer nominated awards and fellowships including: the John Laing Professional Award (Qld) , AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) Award for Excellence in Teaching and School Leadership and a National Award for Excellence in School Music Education. Karen is also an invited member of the International Education and Training Advisory Group to Trade and Investment Queensland and the State Government.
In 2011 Spiller was recognised with a Churchill Fellowship “to investigate strategies to better prepare female leaders for the position of Principal in Australian Schools”.
In 2016 Rotary International recognized her leadership and community contribution with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
In 2017 as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours, Spiller was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia- OAM. In 2019 Spiller was recognised by ACEL with the prestigious national Nganakarrawa award for general excellence in educational administration.
Spiller is a member of the QUT CEO Business Faculty Advisory Group and was the inaugural Principal in Residence for Bond University and a member of the advisory body to the Health Sciences Faculty. Karen holds a number of other Fellowships of professional organisations including AICD.