Tim Orton

Nous Group CEO

Tim is a sought-after strategist and the Managing Principal and CEO of Nous Group. He has led the business through 20 years of uninterrupted growth including expansion across Australia, the UK and now North America.
Tim leads major transformation programs and is a trusted thought partner to executives in government, universities and the private sector. In 2016, Tim was named Professional Services Executive of the Year by CEO Magazine.

Influential work

  • Strengthened the higher education sectors in Australia, Canada and the UK through a series of university transformation projects to improve financial performance, student outcomes and international competitiveness
  • Guided a major cultural shift within the Royal Australia Navy, working in close partnership with three successive chiefs of Navy
  • Led the design and delivery of a cutting-edge leadership program for senior executives of one of Australia’s ‘big four’ banks
  • Partnered with the board and executive of a financial trustee to design and implement a new operating model and achieve a major turnaround in financial performance
  • Led the work for a state government to redesign the state’s domestic and family violence service system.

Outside of Nous

Outside of Nous, Tim is the Chair of Melbourne RISING Festival and Chair of Loop Platform, a former member of the executive board of the Committee for Melbourne, a former board member of the Australia Council for the Arts, a former Chair of Rhodes Scholarships Australia, a former Chair Geelong Performing Arts Centre and a former director of Barwon Water. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) (Honours) from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

In his spare time...

Tim enjoys life between Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula with his wife Barb. They have three sons distributed around the globe. Tim’s interests include public policy, the arts, surfing and the environment.