Virginia Nelson APM

A/Chief Superintendent QLD Police


Leadership, Emergency Services, Law and Justice, Mentoring, Public Service

Travels from Brisbane, QLD


Having joined the Queensland Police Service at 18 Virginia has more than 28 years’ service and has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan areas across Queensland.

With a background in General Duties and prosecutions in recent years Virginia has undertaken a number of appointments as Project Officer, Traffic Coordinator, Staff Officer and Patrol Group Inspector.

In 2015 Virginia undertook a 12 month secondment to the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney as the Queensland Police Service Visiting Fellow. This opportunity saw Virginia contribute to the facilitation and development team for the Graduate Certificate Program and other leadership and development programs for senior police and emergency services across Australasia including in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia.

Virginia has a number of tertiary qualifications and most recently completed her Master of Leadership. In 2016 Virginia was awarded the Bev Lawson memorial Award by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing for her leadership and commitment to the development of women in policing. In 2016 Virginia was also awarded the prestigious Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year – Public Sector and Academia for her leadership.

In 2017 Virginia attended the exclusive Harvard Business School’s Authentic Leadership Program, an opportunity she describes as a career highlight. During the 2017 Queens’s Birthday Honour’s Virginia was awarded the Australian Police Medal.

Virginia is committed to supporting and mentoring frontline police and engaging with communities to ensure the best outcomes can be achieved in reducing crime and making communities safer.
Virginia is married to Tom, a police officer and together they have two sons of whom Virginia is extremely proud.

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