TEQ was established as a statutory body under the Tourism and Events Queensland Act 2012 and is subject to the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and the Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act 1982.
Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Events Queensland
Leanne leads the state’s tourism marketing, experience development and major events agency to achieve its vision of ‘inspiring the world to experience the best address on earth’.
Leanne’s broad industry experience includes senior executive roles with the Hyatt Hotel Group in both Canberra and Melbourne, before her return home to Queensland in 1996 to take up the role of Human Resources Manager at Tourism Queensland.
The role sparked a love affair with the Queensland tourism industry which has spanned Leanne’s career to the current day, holding roles as Executive Director Strategic Services, Executive Director Human Resources and most recently prior to being appointed CEO, overseeing TEQ’s partnerships with Queensland’s regional tourism organisations and industry as Group Executive Destinations.
Leanne is an Adjunct Professor, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; and a graduate with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
About Our Board
TEQ's Board represents the organisation within the Queensland tourism industry.
TEQ's Board come from a range of backgrounds, which equips them to provide expert guidance to TEQ and the tourism industry.
Brett’s 25-year career in the aviation industry started with senior finance positions in small airlines, moving to flag carriers and culminating in conceptualising, establishing and leading Virgin Australia for its first 10 years.
Brett is the Founder and Managing Director of TB2 Capital, which owns and manages a portfolio of tourism assets including Noosa’s Makepeace Island and a portfolio of hotels, lodges and historic properties in Tasmania and Victoria.
Brett has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation; recognised as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business.
Chris is CEO of Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), which owns and operates airports in Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach. He directs strategies and investment to grow international and domestic passenger numbers into, and throughout, Queensland.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in diverse industries including tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property planning and development.
Chris is also a Board Member of Tourism and Transport Forum Australia. His previous board or executive roles include Dreamworld, South Bank, d’Albora marinas, Australian Airports Association, and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dr Sarah Kelly OAM
Sarah is an Associate Professor in Law and Marketing, the Marketing Discipline Leader in the UQ Business School and is leading a global sports innovation accelerator at UQ. She has interdisciplinary expertise in marketing, psychology and law and is globally known for her research and consulting in the sports field.
Sarah holds several non-executive directorships including Events Management Queensland, The Gregory Terrace Foundation, the Wandering Warriors, Sports Analytics, Global Esports Institute and Spark International Student Services. She is Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football Club and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Education Advisory Board.
In 2021, Sarah was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to tertiary education and sports administration.
Kylie Blucher is the Managing Director of Nine Queensland and Nine Northern New South Wales.
Kylie has extensive knowledge of both the radio and television industry with over 25 years working at both the Austereo Radio Network and the Nine Network.
Kylie has held a number of board positions over the past 10 years including as the Deputy Chair of Major Brisbane Festivals, Surf Lifesaving Queensland Foundation, the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation, Youngcare and the Queensland Performing Arts Trust.
Nancy is a Torres Strait Islander woman belonging to the Samu and Thabu Clans of Saibai Island in the top western islands of the Torres Strait. Nancy is the Founder and Director of Bamaga Productions, an Indigenous-owned and operated consultancy celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through the presentation of traditional and contemporary art forms.
Nancy is part of the Elders Council for Blak Dance, a Board Member for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Murri Watch, and member of both the Queensland Museum Consultative Committee and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Indigenous Advisory Panel.
Nancy received an International Women’s’ Day Award in 2011 and was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2013.
Brian Hennessy is an accomplished tourism marketing professional with experience dealing with and for airlines, wholesalers, agents, hotels, tourism authorities and attractions.
Brian has over 40 years’ experience in tourism, travel and aviation industries, having held both general management and marketing roles for iconic organisations such as Qantas, the UK based Trailfinders, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Sunlover Reef Cruises in Cairns. He is a proven media performer and public speaker with strong public relations and social media skills.
Brenda is Deputy Chair of the Sunshine Coast Events Board, Chair of the Sunshine Coast Events Industry Taskforce and a Board Member for the Sunshine Coast Sports Foundation. Brenda has extensive experience in the business of sport and major events, providing strategic, project and change management services within the sports, event and entertainment sector.
Brenda has served in previous roles including Chair of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Bathurst 2021 Local Organising Committee and Vice President and Non-Executive Director of the Athletics Australia board.
Formerly a Partner in global consulting firm Accenture, Brenda holds a Bachelor of Business, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Business – Sport Management.
Duane Fraser is a Wulgurukaba and Bidjara Traditional Owner, and has extensive experience advising Commonwealth and State Governments on matters relating to Indigenous Affairs and Environmental Policy. Duane uses his profile to create positive change and impact to ensure Traditional Owners are given the opportunity for full and effective participation and leadership roles at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
Duane has presented at numerous international fora on the advancement of Indigenous peoples of the world and their empowerment in the protection and safeguarding of their delicate biocultural land and seascapes, heritage and cultural expressions. Currently serving as Chair of the Federal Environment's Indigenous Advisory Committee, Duane also serves on several committees including the Reef 2050 Advisory Committee and the National Environmental Science Program Tropical Water Quality Hub Steering Committee.
Director-General, Department of Energy and Public Works
Paul Martyn 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 in areas such as tourism infrastructure and artificial intelligence.
John LeeJohn is the Director-General, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, and is leading the Government’s objectives for driving growth and supporting jobs through the state’s tourism, innovation and sports sectors. This involves a mix of tactical measures and long-term strategies including the development of the ‘Action Plan for Tourism Recovery’.
In the area of sport John oversees the Government’s investment in infrastructure, major events, key venues and support for the State’s elite athletes via the Queensland Academy of Sport.
John has enjoyed a highly successful career working in government, tourism, sport, major events, and transport. He has extensive experience in sports administration, has run a national sporting organisation (Australian Sailing) and two NRL Clubs (Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs).