Introducing TIQ’s executive staff members:
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 NSW State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During that period, she was seconded as Chief of Staff to the Trade Minister for several months.
She has significant experience in supporting, dealing and negotiating with a range of governments, international markets and industries. This included 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. Previously, Ms Greville had also been Lead Agriculture Negotiator for the China Free Trade Agreement 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, she was responsible for its ratification and implementation.
Ms Greville has 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.
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DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Marcia has had a long career in executive management in both central and line agencies in Federal, State and Territory jurisdictions. Starting her public service career in the Northern Territory (NT), she later joined the Queensland Public Service in 1999 and since then has worked for five separate departments. Marcia returned to the NT in 2011 as head of Corporate Services with the NT Department of Education and later as CEO for the NT Department of Transport. She re-joined the Queensland Public Service in May 2013 as Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and since April 2016 has been working with the CEO TIQ leading a major change initiative for the agency.
Marcia has tertiary qualifications in the humanities and management and has specialised in leading large multi–disciplinary teams, corporate governance, policy development, change management and government service delivery in rural and remote regions and cross cultural settings.
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GENERAL MANAGER, Queensland Operations Division
Richard Watson is responsible for leading the Priority Sector teams of Food & Agribusiness, Mining & Resources and Urban Infrastructure & Knowledge Industries, as well as TIQ’s Regional Network and Business Development.
He joined TIQ in July 2017, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in various senior executive roles in the sports management and events industry in both the commercial and government sectors. He has a substantial career history spanning consulting, financial control and management, business development 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 & Recreation Services with the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
He holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration, University of New England.
GENERAL MANAGER, International Operations Division
As the General Manager of Trade & Investment Queensland’s (TIQ) International Operations Division, Michelle’s key responsibilities include management of TIQ’s international network and the Business & Skilled Migration Queensland team.
Before joining TIQ, she worked in Milan, Madrid and Kuala Lumpur as Trade Commissioner for the Australian Trade Commission. While in Madrid, Michelle pioneered the Australian Government’s infrastructure strategy and facilitated the entry of five of the top 20 international contractors to Australia. Michelle has a strong renewable energy background and assisted in bringing some of Australia’s largest solar investments and financiers from Spain.
Michelle has a strong background in education and training. Michelle changed the way the Austrade office engaged with the education market in Spain. Student numbers from Spain to Australia now surpass many larger European countries, and Spain has evolved from a low base to become one of Australia’s top 10 English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) markets.
While in Malaysia, Michelle managed the ASEAN education team. Michelle recognised the maturity of the education market in some countries in the Southeast region, and worked to open the skills training market for Australian suppliers in-market.Michelle was also involved in the first stage of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Malaysia. Since returning to Australia, Michelle worked briefly with Brisbane Marketing to develop the state capital’s G20 economic leverage strategy.
Michelle is on the national board of Musica Viva, which is one of Australia’s major performing arts organisations and the largest provider of music education in Australia. Her early career in arts philanthropy for the Queensland and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and her passion for music and quality education, ideally positions Michelle to contribute to the Australian performance industry.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, International Education & Training
As the Executive Director, International Education & Training, Trade and Investment Queensland, Rebecca leads the implementation of the government’s new International Education and Training (IET) Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026. The IET Strategy was launched on Wednesday 9 November 2016 by the Honourable Jackie Trad, MP, Deputy Premier Queensland with $25.3 million injected into this project by the Queensland Government over a five year period.
From 1999-2009 Rebecca held roles in economic development, international relations and industry engagement with Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Rebecca expanded on her experience with government and was appointed as the inaugural Director International for TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and as an advisor to many clients on international education related program and policy. From 2011-2013 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 Queensland Government, Rebecca held senior roles with the Victorian Government as Executive Director Trade Victoria and Director International Education.
Rebecca is a member of the International Education Association of Australia’s Research and Publications Committee and is Deputy Chair of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia. Over the past decade her not-for-profit board experience includes appointments to the boards of International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Branch and the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF).
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.
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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
As Trade and Investment Queensland’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul’s key responsibilities include the provision of Corporate Services including financial management, risk management, treasury, information technology, records management and procurement functions.
Previously, Paul served as Manager of Financial Services for Queensland Urban Utilities for five years including the establishment of the statutory authority in 2010 from five council owned water businesses including Brisbane Water and Ipswich Water.
Paul gained global commercial experience through 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 Masters of Business Administration from CPA Australia and Deakin University and is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
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