with John Cowan

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Tim Costello

22 March 2020

Costello held the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at World Vision from January 2004, until August 2016. He was subsequently appointed as the organisation’s Chief Advocate, stepping down last year.

As CEO, Costello led a period of significant growth at World Vision, expanding from 480 projects which benefitted 10.4 million people in 2004, to more than 800 development projects in 2016 that benefitted close to 100 million people. When the Boxing Day tsunami hit in 2004, Costello led Australia’s response, inspiring unprecedented generosity that resulted in $118 million donated towards relief efforts.

He received the Victorian of the Year award in July 2004; was made an officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005; named Victorian nominee for the Australian of the Year award in 2006; awarded the 2008 Australian Peace Prize; and is listed by the National Trust as a National Living Treasure.

He is now executive director of Micah Australia, a group of Australian churches advocating for social justice and an end to poverty.
Tim has also served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor. He was a National President of the Baptist Union of Australia. From 1993 Tim spent a term as the Mayor of St Kilda in Melbourne.

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.

He is the author of several books including: Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda, Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher, Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar) and his memoir, A Lot With A Little.

Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin. He is the brother of former Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello.

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