CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Virginia Greville joined TIQ in January 2017 and brings with her a wealth of international trade and diplomatic experience. In her most recent position, 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.
Ms Greville was previously Director of the New South Wales state office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During that period, she was seconded to the Trade Minister as chief of staff for several months.
Ms Greville also has significant experience in supporting and 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 Assistant Secretary, Market Development, Business Liaison and Regional Trade Policy Branch and Deputy Chief Negotiator on FTA negotiations with the Gulf States. Prior to this, Ms Greville was Lead Agriculture Negotiator for the China FTA and Assistant Secretary in the FTA unit.
Overseas, Ms Greville served as Minister Counsellor Agriculture at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. She returned to Australia as a 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.
Ms Greville also served as a senior executive service officer in the (then) Department of Employment, Education and Training and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Ms Greville holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University. She speaks Spanish.
GENERAL MANAGER, Queensland Operations
Richard Watson 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 regional network across Queensland, and the agency’s business development 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.
GENERAL MANAGER, International Operations
Toni Brownie 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 delivering Trade 2018, the business program associated with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
Prior to joining City of Gold Coast, Toni was COO 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 also spent 15 years with the Canterbury Development Corporation, where she held various roles, including General Manager of Strategy and Planning, Industry Development Manager, and Business Services Manager.
Toni holds business qualifications from the Christchurch College of Education and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Study Queensland
Shannon Willoughby leads Study Queensland, which is responsible for implementing the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.
Before joining TIQ, Shannon was CEO of Study Gold Coast, the peak education and training body for the Gold Coast region. In this role, she led a team of 13 staff promoting the Gold Coast as a domestic and international study destination. Key achievements here included developing an offshore student attraction strategy; implementing the ‘Education City’ brand, which is now embraced by more than 55 Study Gold Coast members; and launching the Join #ourhumanrainbow social media campaign, which has had more than 23 million views in key markets.
Shannon is also a former senior journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin and a former long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast.
Shannon currently sits on a number of councils and committees, including CCIQ’s Gold Coast Regional Policy Council, and committees for Regional Development Australia, Gen-Z Employment Service, and Ohana for Youth youth service.
She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Bond University.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
As Chief Financial Officer, Paul leads the team responsible for providing TIQ’s corporate services, including financial management, risk management, information technology, records management, and procurement.
Previously, Paul was Manager of Financial Services for Queensland Urban Utilities. His achievements in this role included establishing a statutory authority from five council-owned water businesses, including Brisbane Water and Ipswich Water.
Paul possesses substantial global commercial experience, acquired during 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 from the University of New England in Armidale, and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University/CPA Australia. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia.