Tim Ford is based in Sydney as an international peace and security consultant. He retired from the Australian Army in 2003, following an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force and the United Nations.
During his military career, General Ford served in a wide variety of command, staff, and training appointments in Australia and overseas, including operational service in South Vietnam. He was promoted to Major General in l996 to assume command of the 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.
From 1998 until 2002, Major General Ford served in a number of high ranking United Nations peacekeeping appointments including as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East, and as the Chief Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at UN Headquarters, New York.
Over the last six years, Tim Ford has undertaken a wide range of projects for the Australian Government, the United Nations, the African Union, and other International Organisations as a mentor, adviser and consultant on international peace and security issues. He has travelled widely to conflict areas, and contributed to a broad range of international investigations, seminars, peace operations training courses and conferences as a “keynote” speaker, subject matter expert and presenter. Tim is a thesis adviser for the Peace Operations Training Institute programme and author of their Commanding United Nations Peacekeeping Operations course. He assisted the UN to develop the strategic leadership module of the UN Senior Mission Leadership (SML) Course and has been a mentor for this international course since its inception in 2004. He has presented to a wide number of international organisations on peacekeeping and strategic leadership.
Tim was educated at North Sydney Boy’s High School, the Royal Military College Duntroon, and Sydney University. He is a graduate of the UK Royal School of Artillery, the Indian Defence Services Staff College, the Australian Joint Services Staff College, the US Army War College, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.