David Hazlehurst joined Austrade as Deputy CEO, Business, Partnerships and Support in January 2018. He is responsible for strategy and business transformation, partnerships, digital and IT, and corporate and ministerial services.
During 27 years in the Australian Public Service, David has held senior appointments in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, and the Education and Family & Community Services portfolios. His roles have spanned policy development, research and analysis, and service delivery. He has led teams advising Prime Ministers on economic and industry policy, the Federal Budget and the Council of Australian Governments. He also drove initial implementation of the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda and was appointed interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Office.
As a Deputy Secretary in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio David led AusIndustry, the delivery hub for Australian Government services to business, Digital Strategy and Operations, and implementation of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
David holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Law (Hons), and a Masters of Public Policy from the Australian National University. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Public Administration (ACT Division).
Deputy CEO of Global Markets and Sector Engagement
Tim Beresford is Deputy CEO of Global Markets and Sector Engagement at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). Tim has strategic leadership for the promotion of trade and investment opportunities for Australia and operational responsibility for Austrade’s onshore trade and investment teams and offshore network.
Tim was previously Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University with responsibility and oversight of operations and international student recruitment and engagement. Before that, he was Austrade’s Executive Director, Tourism, Investment, Education and Programmes.
Prior to joining Austrade, Tim was First Assistant Secretary of Social Policy Division at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He worked at Westpac in senior line management and strategy roles, and also in the professional services sector across Europe, Asia and Australia, including five years at McKinsey & Co.
Tim holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Economics (First Class Honours) from Sydney University and Masters of Philosophy (International Relations) from Cambridge University where he was a Menzies Scholar in 1994. He is an Associate of the Security Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim is passionate about community engagement. He was a Board Member of Plan International Australia from 2003-2012 and was appointed to the Board of The Benevolent Society (TBS) in February 2013 and is currently Deputy Chair and Chair of the Research Policy Advocacy Committee.
Chief Operating Officer
Nick Nichles is the Chief Operating Officer. Nick joined Austrade in 2012 as General Manager – Marketing, Online and Business Practice. Prior to joining Austrade, he was the CEO of NSW Lotteries Corporation and led the state-owned corporation through privatisation and its eventual sale to Tatts Group. Nick has also held C-level commercial and marketing roles at McDonalds Australia and Foxtel.
Nick is a committee member of The Buttery Foundation, which raises funds for the renowned The Buttery, a not-for-profit rehabilitation clinic.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Business from QUT, a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from UTS, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lectured at UTS’ Graduate School of Business in its MBA program.
Chief Client Officer
Kelly Ralston is the Chief Client Officer. In this role, Kelly is focused on driving innovation and excellence in Austrade’s client interactions, creating the experiences that clients need and advocating for the client within the organisation. More specifically, she has responsibility for client experience insights and capability, Austrade’s client contact centre and digital services along with brand strategy, marketing and communications.
Kelly has held a number of corporate, strategy and business leadership roles across Austrade since 2001, most recently leading the international marketing and promotion of Australia’s education and training sectors including the creation and implementation of AIE2025 - a long term market development roadmap. From 2011-15, Kelly served as the senior Austrade representative in the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. As Senior Trade Commissioner, Kelly was responsible for Austrade’s trade and investment activity in the mid-Atlantic and south-eastern regions of the United States and led the promotion of Australia’s international education in North America. During 2015 Kelly established and led the new Australian Consulate in Houston, Texas, through its initial start-up phase.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania and prior to joining Austrade, held a range of other positions within the Australian government.
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