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 Client Services
Tim Beresford is Deputy CEO of Global Client Services 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 a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim is passionate about community engagement. He is Chair of The Benevolent Society (TBS) and has been a board member since 2013. Tim was also a Board Member of Plan International Australia from 2003-2012..
Chief Operating Officer
Rob Donelly is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Austrade, responsible for Finance; Human Resources; Legal; Property and Security; Governance; and IT operations.
Rob brings a depth of knowledge in both the business operations of Austrade and corporate roles. As General Manager Strategy and Business Transformation during 2018, Rob was responsible for embedding the Austrade Strategy 2018-22 throughout the business, as well as leading an ambitious Business Transformation Plan, Austrade’s data and research work, developing a digital strategy for Austrade, and managing governance and internal communications.
Rob also has an in-depth knowledge of Australia’s investment environment and deep expertise in working with investors. Rob previously served in The Treasury as the Head of the Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division and as the Executive Member of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). In this role, he had extensive engagement with a wide range of foreign investors and intermediaries making multi-billion dollar investments into Australia. Prior to this role, Rob worked in a range of senior financial and policy roles, in the ACT and Australian Public Service. He served as Treasury’s Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2012, and led teams working on income tax and superannuation policy. He also served as Chief Financial Officer to the ACT Department of Education and Training from 2003 to 2008. Rob started his career in the private sector, working in the IT and retail sectors before moving to government. Rob holds degrees in Economics and Commerce from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
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.