Virginia Greville, Chief Executive Officer
Virginia joined TIQ in January 2017, bringing a wealth of international trade and diplomatic experience. Most recently, she served as Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Andorra and Equatorial Guinea. She has also been Australia’s Ambassador to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Virginia served as Director of the NSW State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade between her latest roles overseas. During that period, she was seconded as Chief of Staff to the Trade Minister for several months.
Virginia has significant experience negotiating with a range of governments, international markets and industries. This includes a position as Australia’s Chief Negotiator on the Australia Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) while concurrently serving as Deputy Chief Negotiator on FTA negotiations with the Arab Gulf States and Assistant Secretary of the Market Development, Business Liaison and Regional Trade Policy Branch. Prior to this, she had been Lead Agriculture Negotiator for the China FTA.
After a posting in the USA, Virginia returned to Australia as senior agriculture negotiator for the Australia–US FTA and then, as Assistant Secretary of the DFAT Trade Commitments Branch, was responsible for its ratification and implementation.
Virginia was also a Senior Executive Service Officer in the (then) Department of Employment, Education and Training and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Virginia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law (Distinction) from the Australian National University. She is fluent in Spanish.
Marcia Hoffmann, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Marcia has had a long career in executive management in both central and line agencies in Australian, state and territory jurisdictions.
Starting her public service career in the Northern Territory, Marcia later joined the Queensland Public Service in 1999 and has worked for five separate departments. Marcia returned to the Northern Territory in 2011 as head of Corporate Services with the Department of Education and was later CEO of the Territory’s Department of Transport. Marcia re-joined the Queensland Public Service in May 2013 as Deputy Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Since April 2016, she has been working with TIQ’s CEO, leading a major change initiative for the agency.
Marcia has tertiary qualifications in the humanities and management and has specialised in leading large multidisciplinary teams, corporate governance, policy development, change management and government service delivery in rural and remote regions and cross-cultural settings.
Richard Watson, General Manager – Queensland Operations Division
Richard leads TIQ’s specialist teams in the areas of food and agribusiness, mining and resources, and urban infrastructure and knowledge industries. His portfolio of responsibilities also includes TIQ’s Queensland regional staff.
Richard joined TIQ in July 2017, bringing with him over 15 years’ commercial and government experience in senior executive roles in sports management and events. His career has spanned consulting, business development, financial control and management, and stakeholder engagement and management.
Richard joined the public sector in mid-2005 and since then has had wide experience in Queensland Government operations, including regional services and sport and recreation services at all levels.
Prior to joining TIQ, he was Deputy Director-General – Sport and Recreation Services with the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
He holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England.
Toni Brownie, General Manager – International Operations Division
Toni leads TIQ’s International Operations Division, which is responsible for managing 15 overseas offices.
Toni joined TIQ from City of Gold Coast, where she managed a team of 35 staff as Manager of Economic Development. In this role, she led the team that delivered some of the city’s most significant portfolios, including Economic Development, International Trade and Investment, City Marketing, and Tourism. She was also responsible for the city’s role in Trade 2018, the business program associated with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
Prior to joining City of Gold Coast, Toni was Chief Operating Officer for Recover Canterbury, a post-earthquake business recovery organisation established after the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010–11. Recover Canterbury provided a range of services and resources to earthquake-affected businesses in the Canterbury region to accelerate their recovery.
Toni holds business qualifications from the Christchurch College of Education and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
Paul Bracegirdle, Chief Financial Officer
As TIQ’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul’s key responsibilities include the provision of corporate services, including financial management, risk management, information technology, records management and procurement functions.
Previously, Paul served as Manager of Financial Services for Queensland Urban Utilities for five years and was involved in establishing this statutory authority in 2010 from five council-owned water businesses, including Brisbane Water and Ipswich Water.
Paul gained global commercial experience during his 10 years with USA-based Ionics Incorporated as Financial Controller and three years with the ANZ Banking Group in the UK. Paul holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration, a Master of Business Administration from CPA Australia and Deakin University, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Rebecca Hall, Executive Director, International Education and Training
As the Executive Director, International Education and Training, TIQ, Rebecca led the implementation of the Queensland Government’s new International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026. It was launched on 9 November 2016, with $25.3 million of funding over five years.
From 1999–2009, Rebecca held roles in economic development, international relations and industry engagement with the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Department of Education and Training where she was appointed the inaugural Director International for TAFE Directors Australia.
From 2011 to 2013, Rebecca served as a member of Griffith International’s leadership team as Deputy Director International, leading global mobility, transnational partnerships and international recruitment.
Prior to re-joining the Queensland Government in August 2016, Rebecca held senior roles with the Victorian Government as Executive Director, Trade Victoria, and Director, International Education.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of International Business Relations and International Business from Griffith University, and a Master of International Relations from Bond University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.