Tim Purcell’s Bio

As an experienced and innovative ICT Management Professional, happily living in Australia’s National Capital, Canberra, I’ve found that work takes place in many arenas – in cafes, in offices and during the many networking functions (that Canberra does so very well).

My professional life started in the Royal Military College Duntroon and took me through a time of growth and development in the Australian Army.

After the Army, my career continued to build in the telecommunications industry both in Europe and Australia/NZ, and was growing in the ever evolving ICT arena where I have been lucky enough to have worked with some of the largest ICT companies in the industry.

During my working life, I have been fortunate enough to have worked and travelled to over 40 countries and to live in Europe, New Zealand and Australia – developing a wide and diverse network of contacts and resources that I have worked hard to maintain.

Tim Purcell

Sir Tim Purcell

I was honoured to have been awarded Knight 1st Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland in October 2008, at a ceremony at Parliament House.

The Knighthood was awarded for my work and follow through of bilateral talks held between the Australian and Finnish Governments and for Business and Academia in the area of Innovation. This effort was driven by the Official Visit to Australia by the Finnish President and at the time I held the positions of President of the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member of the Australian European Business Council.

Again in 2008, I was honoured to have been awarded a Commanders Commendation for work in the Australian Defence Force as a former regular Army officer serving in an Army Reserve capacity.

For more information please refer to my profile on LinkedIn or see my CV


I worked with Tim at Catalyst on multiple projects and always felt strong support from his side whether on resolving different issues, or finding new ways to do my own work more effective, or communicating with the clients. Tim is very accomplished, respectful manager and human being. Many times he provided me with good advice borrowing from decades of his life experience. No matter what happened he always remained calm and positive, often revealing fresh prospective on things and events. Tim's is an excellent communicator and negotiator able to "step in other people's shoes" and see things from their prospective. He is also fun to work with, very approachable and having good sense of humour. I wholeheartedly recommend Tim to any organisation or company that value people

Andrei MetelskiTesting ManagerCatalyst IT Australia

It was a pleasure to recently meet and work with Tim. His extensive business experience brought new insight to the project we worked on, and his input was focused, strategic and important to delivering a much improved product.

Bronwyn Eynon-LewisAssociate Director, Client GrowthMinter Ellison

Tim has an intuitive ability to determine what matters in business. He is a joy to work with and encourages the best out of teams.

Andrew GillPartnerMinter Ellison

I have known Tim for over ten years on a professional basis. During the formative stages of redeveloping Mobile Innovations into Engin, the market leader of VoIP in Australia, Tim was actively engaged as both a sounding board during the ideation process and a mentor during the productisation process for Engin's product range. He is passionate about telecommunications and innovation is a strong advocate to have during this critical phase of product development.

Ilkka TalesCEOMobile Innovations

Tim's professionalism, support and dedication to find a way to succeed speaks volumes of his character and made doing business with him so much easier. Tim took time to understand his client needs, the culture, environment and most importantly the outcome that was required. I have no hesitation in recommending TIm.

Ray ArandezBusiness Technology Partner at Victoria PoliceVictoria Police

As with all IT projects there are challenges and Tim was professional and supportive and he always presented constructive approaches to addressing these challenges as he had taken the time to understand the client , the stakeholders requirements, processes and culture so that he could deliver the resources & services required. He is professional, considered, thorough and all with a wry sense of humour.

Peter LoweAssociate Director, Technology Enablement, AdvisoryKPMG Australia