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 foreign 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 was 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.