Dr Tim Williams

Dr Tim Williams is a Principal at the global advisory firm Arup and is head of cities for its Australasian region. Before joining Arup in 2018 Tim was the CEO of the Committee for Sydney from 2011 when it became an influential policy forum and think tank. Tim’s work helped shape public policy and infrastructure planning both in NSW and across Australia. He played a formative role in the emergence of the Greater Sydney Commission and has had an impact on the shift we have seen of governments seeking to maximise land use and transport integration to support sustainable urban growth.

Before coming to Australia in 2010 Tim had been a special advisor on urban planning to five consecutive UK ministers. From 1997-2003 he was the CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership which played a key role in developing the East Side of London. This included attracting major transport projects such as Crossrail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link through Stratford, and in making the case for the Olympics to come to the East side of the capital.

Tim is an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University. He attended Cambridge and Oxford Universities, has a doctorate in history and is a qualified teacher and barrister.