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Acting Chief Executive Officer

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Tim Beresford is the Australian Trade and Investment Commission's (Austrade's) acting CEO.

Previously Tim was Deputy CEO of Global Client Services with 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.

Deputy CEO, Digital Services and Outreach

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Kelly Ralston is the Deputy CEO, Digital Services and Outreach. In this role, Kelly is focused on accelerating the delivery of the full suite of Austrade’s digital services, as well as continuing the delivery of ‘one to many’ services and grant programs. This group will also be responsible for engagement and work across Federal, as well as State and Territory governments, providing economic analysis and evaluation, and marketing and global 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.

Chief Operating Officer

Rob Donelly 

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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.

General Manager, Strategy and Design

Jay Meek 

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Jay Meek has been the General Manager of the Strategy and Design division since May. Jay leads the Strategy and Design team to move forward with Austrade’s transformation journey, as well as setting and implementing Austrade’s vision and strategic direction.

Jay was the Chief Strategy Officer and the Victorian State Director for Austrade from 2018-2019. This role focussed on developing trade and investment strategy for Austrade globally as well as engaging with key stakeholder in Victoria.

Prior to this, Jay was the Deputy Secretary of Trade Victoria, in Victorian Government from September 2015 until April 2018. He led the international trade strategy for Trade Victoria, managing 23 international offices and more than 200 staff. The role focused on international business development, trade policies, market intelligence and export market entry/growth strategies.

Jay holds a BA in Agriculture from the University of Adelaide, and has held a number of high level positions within the State and Federal government agencies.

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