Meet Tim

Tim James is the Member for Willoughby in the NSW Parliament, elected in February 2022.

Tim has lived in Willoughby for over 30 years and five generations of his family have lived in and served Willoughby. Starting with his involvement in the Artarmon Progress Association from 1997-2000, Tim has been an active member of numerous local advocacy groups, community service organisations and clubs in Willoughby. 

He is passionate about serving Willoughby, ensuring it offers the best lifestyle, culture, enterprise opportunities, public amenities and natural environment for its residents to live, work and thrive.

He was previously the Executive General Manager at the Menzies Research Centre (MRC), the think-tank for the Liberal Party. At the MRC, Tim played a strategic role in growing the resources, personnel and public profile of the organisation. As its lead media spokesperson, he made frequent appearances as a panellist on the ABC's, The Drum

Tim’s experience in government started with electorate officer roles with Joe Hockey MP and the then Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard. In these capacities, Tim was responsible for all local policy and communications, issues management, community liaison, representations, event coordination and campaign strategy. Assuming a senior role as Chief of Staff to the Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Tim took responsibility for the leadership of staff, strategy, policy, media, finances and operations in the Minister's Office and across the Portfolio. 

In conjunction with this experience in politics, Tim has enjoyed successful careers in both the law and business. Admitted as a lawyer in 2002, Tim worked as a paralegal for Corrs Chambers Westgarth, then as a commercial solicitor for Allens Arthur Robinson and finally, as a legal advisor for Pfizer Australia. In addition to his legal career, Tim pursued opportunities in business, working in the global pharmaceutical sector for eight years.  After working for Pfizer Australia and Johnson & Johnson, he rose to become CEO of the national industry body, Medicines Australia. Tim has had experience working overseas, including secondments with Pfizer in New York and KPMG in London.    

Tim holds qualifications in business, law and finance including an MBA.

Committed to serving the common good, Tim is an active contributor to his local community. He has served on the National Board of Life Education Australia, the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and co-chaired the local Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Tim is married to Nikki and they have three children Chloe, Madeleine and Xavier.

His personal interests include fitness and running, playing the saxophone and supporting local community organisations and charities.