Tim Ford, CEO, Treasury Wine Estates
Tim Ford became Chief Executive Officer of Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) in July 2020.
Since joining TWE in February 2011, Tim has held key roles across the business’ global operations, including Director, Global Supply and Managing Director Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities for Asia, Europe and the ANZ regions.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in the wine, food, and beverages sectors with a strong track record for disciplined execution of strategy, driving growth and building high performing and connected teams. Prior to joining TWE he held senior management roles with National Foods and Carlton United Breweries.
Tim is passionate about the business of wine and working with a talented team who are committed to bringing something special to every occasion through TWE’s extensive portfolio of trusted, high quality wines. He believes that success comes from building inclusive, diverse and values led cultures where people can bring their whole selves to work and in doing so consistently perform at their best.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia and a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University Business School.
Sara James, Consultant, Bespoke Approach
Sara James is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and author. James has covered significant news events in Australasia for NBC, CNN and PBS. James is a featured commentator on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast. Her “American in Oz” segment provides detailed analysis of the US political landscape.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2008, James was based in New York City for NBC News for more than a decade. Her reporting duties took her to all fifty of the United States and around the world, including Somalia, Sudan, Bosnia, Israel, China, Japan and the Khyber Pass. She also travelled to the wreck of the Titanic in the submarine Nautile. James served as a substitute newsreader on the NBC Today Show and guest anchored on many NBC news programs.
James has been honoured with a Headliner Award for her report on a victim of the September 11 attacks, a Gracie for her story about methamphetamine addiction in women, an Emmy for coverage of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, a National Press Club Award for her story on Sudanese slavery, and the Overseas Press Club of America Citation of Excellence for her report on Australia’s Stolen Generation.
James is Board Director of the American Australian Association Limited and Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the Vice President of KCNQ2 Cure Alliance, and a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia.
Sara James is the author of An American in Oz (Allen & Unwin), co-author of The Best of Friends (HarperCollins) and editor of An Extraordinary School (ACER Press).