Dr Tim Williams is CEO of the Committee for Sydney which the Premier recently described as ‘a fantastic organisation, challenging the city to be great’. Before coming to Australia in late 2010, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development for his role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership, where he helped secure the Olympics for Stratford. He has also served as a special advisor on urban development, governance, city strategy and planning to five successive UK cabinet ministers, and to the Mayor of London. He was a founding associate member of Tony Blair’s Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and was MD of Navigant Consulting’s public services team in London. His work for the Committee for Sydney focuses on the Big City policy issues in policy-making for Sydney – on how to ensure it flourishes and provides opportunities throughout Greater Sydney. The Committee is currently working with the NSW Government on the new Financial Services Knowledge Hub and on developing a strategy for Sydney as a Global Talent Hub. Tim has a PhD in history and is a qualified barrister. He is an adjunct professor at UTS Business School. Tim was raised in public housing in Old South Wales and is now on the board of Compass Housing, one of the biggest social housing providers in Australia.