Our Leadership Team

Tim Costello 

Tim Costello joined World Vision Australia in 2004. He served as CEO from 2004-2016 and now serves as Chief Advocate.

Tim is one of Australia’s most sought-after voices on social justice issues, leadership and ethics, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. He has been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are on the national agenda.

Prior to joining World Vision Australia Tim 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. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia. After ordination as a Baptist Minister in 1984, Tim established a vibrant and socially active ministry at St Kilda Baptist Church between 1986 and 1994. In 1993, he was elected Mayor of St Kilda.

In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 he was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.

Tim currently serves as Chair on the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation, the Australian National Development Index, Business for Millennium Development, the Australian Council for International Development and as co-chair of Make Poverty History. Tim was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and chaired the Communities and Families stream at the Australia 2020 summit held in 2008.

Responsibilities: As Chief Advocate, Tim will continue engaging supporters and be instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are firmly placed on the national agenda.

 

 

Ross Piper

Ross Piper joined World Vision Australia in 2015. Ross has over 20 years of leadership and management experience in corporate and non-profit contexts. His industry experience includes mining, investment banking and international development. Previously, Ross was based in Cyprus as the Senior Director of Operations for World Vision in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Earlier in his career, he served as National Director for World Vision in Serbia and Montenegro for over three years in the aftermath of the Kosovo crisis.

Responsibilities: Chief Operating Officer overseeing Performance and Planning, Private Partnerships Strategy, Program Development, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, the Australia Program and Technology and Shared Services.

 

Leigh Cameron 

Leigh Cameron joined World Vision Australia in 2007. Prior to this Leigh worked as the General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society (South Australia and Northern Territory), where he had end-to-end accountability for the charity from fundraising through to supporting staff and projects in the field. Leigh has previously served on the board of Micah Challenge and is actively involved as a volunteer in his local church.

Responsibilities: Chief of People, Strategy and Governance overseeing People and Culture, Pastoral Care, Strategy, Transformational Change, Organisational Risk, the Company Secretary and Business Development.

Rebecca Glover

Rebecca Glover joined World Vision Australia in 2006. Prior to this Rebecca worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for nearly eight years, servicing clients in the areas of audit, financial reporting and taxation. Since joining World Vision, Rebecca’s career has spanned leadership roles in financial management and reporting, strategic planning, project management and process improvement for teams across marketing, operations, and field programs – both in Australia and overseas.

Responsibilities: Chief Financial Officer overseeing Performance and Planning for Community Engagement, Public Private Partnerships and Corporate portfolios, as well as Field Finance, Finance and General Counsel.