CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Paul Martyn was appointed Acting CEO of TIQ in December 2018.
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.
GENERAL MANAGER, Queensland Operations; ACTING DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.
Richard commenced in the role of TIQ’s Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer in March 2019.
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 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.