Tim Baker


In February 2022, Tim commenced as the CEO of City of Gold Coast where he has communicated a clear mandate to transform the City Administration into a high performing, customer focused organisation which delivers value for money services to the community. Tim has a track record of successful organisational change, delivering a transformational change agenda as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas). Tim renewed the Department’s business model, improving organisational culture to maximise value to the Tasmanian community in this role. Tim’s contemporary approach to managing performance through the introduction of a new high-performance framework at NRE Tas has received positive acclaim in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.


Tim has a demonstrated ability to achieve results, delivering numerous key government initiatives for NRE Tas. These include the opening of national parks and reserves for tourism, the creation of a strategic salmon industry plan and overseeing the implementation of Tasmania’s border entry conditions in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.


An excellent negotiator, one of Tim’s proudest achievements was his initiative to amend the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Act, which was passed in both houses of Parliament unopposed with the support of all Tasmanian First Nations groups and non-Indigenous stakeholders.


In his role as Secretary of NRE Tas, Tim held several statutory positions including the Director-General of Lands and the Director of National Parks and Wildlife. Tim also chaired the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Advisory Board and represented the State of Tasmania on several boards and committees, including Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. Tim was also the state representative on several national bodies including the Agricultural Senior Officials Working Group and the Agricultural Ministers’ and Environment Ministers’ Forums.


Tim holds a Bachelor of Information Systems (University of Tasmania) and has completed an Executive Program in Leadership from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Tim is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.