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Warwick Agnew
Director-General

Greg ChemelloWarwick Agnew was appointed as Director-General of the Department in May 2018 following an extensive career and experience in both private and public sectors.

Prior to joining the Department, Warwick was a senior executive in a Queensland Government central agency and has direct experience in social and economic policy issues facing all areas of Queensland.

Throughout his career Warwick has lead social and economic infrastructure projects, economic analysis and policy, legislative reform, financial and commercial procurement and corporate finance advisory services.

Most recently Warwick held the position of Deputy Under Treasurer in Queensland Treasury, responsible for commercial, fiscal and economic advice on the state’s economic portfolios and leading Treasury’s role in investment policy and attraction programs to stimulate private sector investment in Queensland.

Warwick’s private sector experience includes commercial project development and senior advisory roles for global companies servicing resources, energy, industrial, infrastructure, property and defence sectors. He has also served on key government boards including Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board, the Long-Term Asset Allocation Board and the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.


Paul Carlson
A/Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services

Paul CarlsonPaul is Acting Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services. Paul brings with him 10 years’ experience in the local government portfolio and has previously been employed in private and public enterprise and has worked in local government in Victoria. He has an extensive experience in employee relations, industrial relations and human resource management. Paul has been involved in a number of large projects during his time with the department.


Kathy Parton
Deputy Director-General, Strategy, Governance and Engagement

Kathy PartonKathy Parton joined the department from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), where she was General Manager of Communication and Strategic Engagement. At the QRA Kathy led a team that oversaw engagement and governance activities as part of the $13 billion rebuilding program following the 2010-11 Queensland floods.

Previously Kathy has held senior roles with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, including leading the Queensland Government's crisis communications network during the response to the Queensland Floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Kathy has worked in media, communication and advertising in Queensland and overseas, and holds qualifications in English, journalism, writing, editing and publishing.