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Chief Executive Officer

Austrade's CEO Bruce Gosper

Bruce Gosper is CEO of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

 

Prior to this Mr Gosper was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2009 until his appointment to Austrade. In that role he was Australia’s Senior Trade Policy Official, responsible for all trade negotiations.

 

Mr Gosper was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva from 2005 until 2009. He was also Chair of the WTO General Council in 2008–09 and Chair of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body in 2007–08.

 

From 2000–2005, Mr Gosper was First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. Prior to that, he served as Minister (Commercial) at the Australian Embassy in Washington (1998–2000). Mr Gosper was also an Adviser to the Minister for Trade (1996–1998), and Assistant Secretary, Agriculture Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra (1995).

 

Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Gosper worked for the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and served overseas as Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo (1989–1992). Mr Gosper has also worked for the Department of Trade and Resources (1980–1987).

 

Mr Gosper is a graduate of Macquarie University and the University of New England. He is married and has three sons.

Executive Director – International Operations Group

Laurie Smith Executive Director International Operations Group Austrade

In his role as Austrade’s Executive Director, International Operations, Laurie Smith is responsible for a network of 82 offices in 48 markets that assists Australian companies to grow their international business, attracts productive foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes Australia’s education sector internationally. Laurie also leads teams in Australia responsible for marketing, advice to Australian exporters and liaison across government in Canberra. He is based in Sydney.

 

Laurie has 30 years’ experience in international corporate, advisory and government roles, including assignments in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taipei.

 

From 2005 to 2011, Laurie was Austrade’s Regional Director, North East Asia, with responsibility for teams in over 20 locations.

 

Laurie previously held a number of senior roles with a major multinational corporation in Hong Kong and Beijing. He led China business development for multiple divisions of the company, overseeing a range of direct and portfolio investments in China.

 

As Executive Director of a Sydney-based, Asian markets strategy consultancy, Laurie worked on projects across India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and South Africa for a client base that spanned Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia.

 

Laurie’s early career was with the Department of Trade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Taipei.

 

Laurie has a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University, and undertook post-graduate study at Peking University. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Executive Director – Tourism, Investment, Education and Programmes Group

Tim Beresford Executive Director Tourism, Investment, Education and Programmes Group Austrade

Tim Beresford brings to Austrade a track record of senior leadership in government, financial services, professional services and not-for-profit; managing global teams of up to 1,000 employees. Tim was recruited from the private sector into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. As First Assistant Secretary Social Policy Division in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet he co-led negotiation and delivery of the National Health Reform Agreement with all states and territories.

 

Tim is the Executive Director of Tourism, Investment, Education and Programmes Group with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). He is responsible for strategic leadership of tourism policy, winning foregin direct investment, promoting international education and delivering the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) programme. Tim joined Austrade in October 2011 as Executive Director, Australian Operations and responsible for investment and trade as well as marketing, communications and online business.  

 

Tim has over 18 years’ experience and a strong record of achievement in business including a number of roles in Westpac Banking Corporation: specifically, General Manager Pacific Bank; Head of Retail Banking Strategy; and State General Manager, South Australia and Northern Territory Retail Bank. Prior to Westpac, Tim worked as a management consultant for ten years, representing clients in the financial services, infrastructure and mining sectors across Europe, Asia and Australia. For the majority of that time he worked for McKinsey & Co on strategic, operational and organisational issues.

 

From 2003-2012, Tim Beresford was on the Board of Plan Australia International, holding positions as Chair, Fundraising and Marketing Committee and Chair, Corporate Governance Committee. In February 2013, he joined the Board of The Benevolent Society.

 

Tim has a Masters of Philosophy (International Relations) from the University of Cambridge, as well as bachelor degrees in Law and Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. He was a Menzies Scholar in 1994. Tim is an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chief Operating Officer – Corporate Services Group

Marcia Kimball - Chief Operating Officer Corporate Services Group Austrade

Marcia Kimball is currently the Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services Group within Austrade. She has overall responsibility for providing services globally for Finance, HR, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Fraud Control, Consular, Security and Property.

 

For 14 years prior to that, Marcia as head of Human Resources also managed Austrade’s team of HR professionals across the international network as an Executive Director and then Chief HR and Change Management Officer. She has played a key senior role in organisational change management through various shifts in Austrade’s direction and its increasing functions over this period. These roles encompassed policy development and strategies for attraction and retention, employee relations, workforce planning and capability and talent.

 

Prior to joining Austrade, Marcia was the Executive Director Corporate Development for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), having also worked in various senior and general management roles over this 10 year period within the broader AirServices Australia, formerly the Civil Aviation Authority. As Executive Director, her responsibilities included corporate planning, HR, IT and information management, air safety promotions, contracts and property.

 

Marcia began her earlier career in education and professional development, leaving the teaching service at a senior level in the late 80s. Since that time she has gained experience in the fields of strategy and organisational development, HR, internal consultancy and broader corporate planning and change management.

 

Marcia has a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma as a Resource Educator and a post graduate qualification in Financial Management from the Australian National University.

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