After a year teaching in Ethiopia and nearly five more exporting machinery for an international packaging company Tim spent 27 years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, latterly as a director. He served in 4 overseas posts; Angola (1983-86), Central America (1986-89), Pakistan (1993-96) and at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1999-2002). His early career was devoted principally to Southern Africa and Central America and included work on Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola, majority rule in Namibia and South Africa, the resolution of the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique, and the peace processes in Central America and the Middle East. From 1993 until he retired from the FCO in 2008 Tim’s main responsibilities concerned Asia. Much of his work was on China, Japan and the Koreas but in the 2000s India, Pakistan and Afghanistan became a significant focus.
Since 2008 Tim has been advising UK companies on international affairs and overseas government relations. Tim holds an MA (First Class) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews. He attended the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme in 2003. He became a visiting senior research fellow at King's College London in 2012, where he lectures on terrorism, insurgency, reconciliation and governmental approaches to conflict. He was awarded the CMG in the Queen's 2007 New Year Honours List.
Tim retains his fascination for the Indian Subcontinent and Afghanistan and still travels widely in the region. He writes for a number of academic journals and is an assistant editor of Victorian Web.