Tuesday 10th October, 2017
I am writing to let you know that, after more than six years as Chief Executive of the Committee for Sydney, Tim Williams has informed us of his intention to resign from his role with the Committee at the end of this year to take up a new role as the Head of Cities with global consultancy firm Arup.
While we are obviously disappointed to see Tim move on we are delighted for him and want to wish him all the best in his new role.
During his term as CEO, Tim has made an extraordinary contribution to both the Committee for Sydney and Greater Sydney. He has provided great intellectual leadership, sound policy advice and compelling advocacy on the wide range of challenges and opportunities that exist for Greater Sydney. He has helped drive game changing innovations, create new institutions like the GSC and change the conversation in relation to the future potential of Sydney. He has also strengthened the Committee by broadening its membership base, expanding its network of global collaborators and building an exceptional team around him. Tim will be leaving the Committee in great shape.
On a personal note, I would like to say how much I have valued Tim as a colleague and friend since I first became involved with the Committee five years ago. I have greatly enjoyed working with him and learning from him and I know that experience has been shared by my colleagues on the board and many of our members.
Tim’s new role with Arup will commence on 1 January 2018 so his last day as CEO will be at the end of December. Although Tim will be moving to his new job, he will be based in Sydney and we expect that he will continue to be an important part of the CfS community as a contributor, collaborator and friend. In addition to the Arup role, Tim has indicated he will be taking on a more active role as an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University.
The Board has begun the difficult task of finding Tim’s successor. A sub-committee of the Board will be undertaking this task and Tim has kindly offered to assist, as has former board member John Banks. Our intention is to have Tim’s replacement identified and in place as early as possible in the New Year.
There will be a number of opportunities for us to thank and congratulate Tim before the end of the year. For the time being however, I would like to congratulate Tim on his new role and thank him for all that he has done for the Committee, its members and for Sydney.
Michael Rose AM
Committee for Sydney