Geoff Walsh AO

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) 1974

Geoff Walsh AO has built an impressive and dynamic career spanning politics, government, the media and business, including his roles at BHP Billiton as Special Adviser to the CEO and previously as Director of Public Affairs. He started his career in journalism and worked at the Border Morning Mail, Australian Financial Review, The Age and the Herald Sun.

Geoff’s career achievements also include diplomacy. He has served at the International Labour Organisation in the United Nations Office in Geneva and as the Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong. Geoff was National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (2000-2003) and a Senior Adviser to Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. He served as Chief of Staff to Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and held a senior advisory position for Victorian Premier John Brumby.

Geoff continues to be on the Board of Obesity Australia and has also served on the Boards of Andrology Australia and the Western Bulldogs Football Club and on the Council of La Trobe University.

In June 2005 Geoff was awarded an AO in the Order of Australia for service to politics, tertiary education and promoting closer ties between Australia and Hong Kong.