Introducing our new Manager, Marie-Claude Brown

We are excited to announce Marie-Claude Brown has come on board the VNQ team as our new Manager. 

Marie-Claude is well-known in Townsville for her advocacy as the CEO of Townsville Chamber, a position she held from 2009 to 2020.

In her work, Marie-Claude combines two visions: profitable businesses and strong communities.

With the community sector transitioning from a community services model dependent on public funding to a value-based business, Marie-Claude is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this will present to continue to promote a North Queensland community rich in volunteers and volunteering.

After moving to Townsville with her Australian husband in 1997, Marie-Claude held roles in project management, stakeholder relations and community development for the corporate mining sector for 10 years.

During that time, she was seconded to the community of Townsville for a period of four years to deliver a World Health Organisation (WHO) program on injury prevention, in collaboration with the local community and the health sector. She has also worked for the State Government. Department of Local Government.

As the Townsville Chamber CEO from 2009 to 2020, she was the advocate for 200 businesses impacted by the redevelopment of Townsville’s CBD, a 2-year $56 Million infrastructure project. She helped re-build the Chamber from the inside out, overseeing all aspects of the business including financial viability, brand development, stakeholder relations, advocacy, media, and operations.

Marie-Claude has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, France, Belgium and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude (‘With Great Distinction’), from San Jose State University in California, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Major in Community Development, Dean’s List, from James Cook University in Townsville.