Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.
For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change.
In addition Tim is Chair of the Community Council of Australia, and is a member of the following: the Multi–Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU–Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid.
Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed. In these roles he spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
Initially Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.
In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures
His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co–edited with Rod Yule);Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co–written with Royce Millar).
Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.
Growth Marketing Associate at SPARK Deakin, WEF Global Shaper
Head of Growth and Innovation, The Dream Collective
Legacy Lego Kid / Future Strategist
Health Technical Lead, Australian Red Cross
Management Consultant, Social Entrepreneur, Accountant and Engineer
Former CEO & Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, international statesman in arena of poverty reduction and education
Founding Member & Vice–President EARS Incorporated – bringing sustainable and professional audiology services to the two thirds world
Co–Founder, One Love
Director of International Programs at the Australian Red Cross
Consultant and practitioner Asia P3 Hub, building and maintaining cross–sector partnerships in NGOs in Asia
Team Leader, The ORCA Project
Award Winning Social Entrepreneur
Founder, I CAN Network
CEO at SingularityU Australia Summit
Founder, Welcoming Australia
Strategic Adviser, Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability, NDIA
Lead VGen Facilitator, World Vision Youth Engagement
Founder, The Orca Project
Philosopher & Theologian
Music Director, Voices of Frankston
Environmentalist & Theologian
Work that Reconnects
Co–Founder The Good Summit, Founder Youthspirit. Chaplain In Residence Trinity College Dublin
Honorary Executive Director, Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services
Changemaker. World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Brisbane
Chair, Uniting VicTas & Chair, Western Health
Co–Founder The Good Summit, Social Entrepreneur
Aboriginal Spokesperson, Common Grace Justice Movement