Mr Quinn is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was until recently an Assistant Secretary in the International Security Division. Overseas, he has served as Consul-General in Honolulu, as well as in Tokyo, Manila and Nairobi. He also served at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, specialising in human rights and social issues.
Mr Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from Sydney University. He speaks French and is married with an adult son and daughter.