CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Paul Martyn was appointed Acting CEO of TIQ in December 2018, and CEO in August 2019.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in economic development, working with industries, firms and regions to successfully grow and compete in a global context. He has held senior roles in policy development, regulatory reform, commercial analysis, investment facilitation and program delivery.
Paul has worked to encourage growth in a wide range of Queensland’s key sectors, including resources and energy, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, defence industries and high technology.
Paul has extensive experience in encouraging international investment in Queensland. He led the development of the highly successful Brisbane Hotel Investment Strategy, in partnership with the Brisbane City Council, which led to global brands opening in Brisbane, and thousands of new rooms. Paul has also spearheaded policy development to create an attractive climate for global investment in both traditional sectors like sugar and new opportunities like CSG-LNG.
Prior to joining TIQ, Paul led the implementation of the Queensland Government’s flagship $650 million Advance Queensland (AQ) agenda, working to promote innovation-led economic growth. AQ has been widely acknowledged as the leading state-based innovation initiative, with Queensland overtaking Victoria in numbers of start-ups, and securing global R&D investment in platform technologies.
Paul undertook his Master’s Degree in Science at the University of London on a British Chevening Scholarship, and holds honours degrees in both law and government from the University of Queensland. He was a criminal defence lawyer before joining the Queensland Government.
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Richard Watson joined TIQ in July 2017 as General Manager, Queensland Operations. He was appointed Acting DCEO in March 2019 and DCEO in September 2019. In that role, he leads TIQs corporate governance and services, including policy development, strategy implementation, and corporate communications.
Richard has more than 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.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England.
GLOBAL INVESTMENT COMMISSIONER
Ross Buchanan was appointed Global Investment Commissioner in August 2019.
Prior to taking up that role, he was Executive Director of the Economic Policy team in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Ross has held senior executive roles in the Queensland Government for more than 17 years, working on trade, industry and investment projects. He was the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Japan for 3 years, and also drove business expansion efforts for Queensland across the UK, Europe and Africa on a later 2-year posting in London. He also spent 6 years as Director of the Queensland Government’s Investment Attraction Division, and 3 years as Executive Director, Trade for the Queensland Government.
Ross is a lawyer by training, and spent 10 years working at major firms in Brisbane and Japan. While working for an international legal firm in Tokyo for 3 years, he provided advice on international commercial business transactions. Other roles included working in the infrastructure advisory area of a mining company and for a private-sector advisory firm.
Ross holds an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in law (hons), commerce and arts from The University of Queensland.
GENERAL MANAGER, International Operations
Toni Brownie leads TIQ’s International Operations Division, which is responsible for managing 16 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.
A/GENERAL MANAGER, Queensland Operations
Lisa Ward joined TIQ as Acting General Manager, Queensland Operations in May 2019.
Prior to joining TIQ, Lisa held a joint role with the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, and Tourism and Events Queensland. In that role, she delivered on a significant tourism investment attraction funding program for Queensland, alongside administering the Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Program and the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.
Lisa has more than 15 years’ experience working in roles delivering legacy programs and economic-development outcomes for cities and states, in particular through the hosting of major events in Australia, Qatar and New Zealand.
Most recently, she was Executive Director, Trade, Protocol and Coordination for the Office of the Commonwealth Games, which included responsibility for the Trade 2018 program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism) from the University of Newcastle and is an alumni of the New Zealand Leadership Programme.
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. She was appointed Executive Director of Study Queensland in October 2018.
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 developed a strategy and led a team that positioned the Gold Coast as a domestic and international study destination of choice. Key achievements included developing an offshore student attraction strategy; implementing the ‘Education City’ brand (now embraced by more than 55 Study Gold Coast members); growing membership by more than 33%; and launching a global marketing campaign during the Commonwealth Games, which had more than 23 million views. Study Gold Coast also played a lead role in the Trade 2018 Commonwealth Games program, and operated the Gold Coast Student Hub in partnership with TIQ.
Shannon is a former chief reporter for News Limited and a long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast. She is also the Deputy Chair for Regional Development Australia Gold Coast, and a board member for Ohana for Youth.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Communication from Bond University and is a graduate of Melbourne Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 5 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 3 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.