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.
Former President of Ireland, Chancellor Trinity College University of Dublin
Former Prime Minister of Australia
Former editor The Guardian newspaper, Principal Lady Margaret Hall Oxford
Co–Founder + CEO KeepAppy
Author ‘Humanology’ – A Scientist’s Guide to Our Amazing Existence’
Founders What The Hack
Founder + Exec Chair, Pulse Learning. Founder, Cycle Against Suicide, I AM HERE
TV Sports Pundit + Positive Mental Health Advocate
Activist & Environmentalist
Author + Community Arts Activist
Chancellor Dublin City University, former Seanad Senator.
Social Enterprise ecosystem facilitator
Creator of ‘The Critter Shed’
Digital Innovator and Implementor, CEO of Digital Doddle and Co–founder of Tech for Good Dublin.
The Good Summit Good Hackathon
CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network
Founder, We Make Good Happen
Visualisation Facilitator / Graphic Recorder
Founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit
Entrepreneur, Consultant, CEO I AM HERE, former international rugby player
Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia: ‘Working with governments and corporates for good.’
Director of Trinity Centre for the Environment, Professor of Geology, TCD
Digital Strategy & Diversity Ambassador
Co–Founder The Good Summit
Former VP Trinity College + Ethicist, Professor of Ecumenics
CEO, Bytes. Ireland
Co–Founder The Good Summit + Chaplain In Residence Trinity College Dublin
CEO – Social Innovation Fund Ireland
Ireland Correspondent at Sky News
Professor of Engineering, Director RICI project