Kim Ellis was appointed as Director of the Australian Antarctic Division in February 2019.
Kim’s career has focused on complex operational logistics, leading large-scale public organisations through transformational change and delivering critical environmental science activities. He has degrees in arts, human resources management and business administration from Royal Military College Duntroon, University of Canberra, and Deakin University.
His involvement with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean began in 1979 as a young Army lieutenant operating all-terrain amphibious vehicles known as LARCs (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo). As a ‘LARC-ey’, Kim led the resupply teams for Mawson, Davis and Macquarie Island research stations.
Kim Ellis worked in amphibious and aviation support logistic roles throughout Australia and the United States, and specialised in air and sea terminal operations in Sydney and Darwin. His 24 year Army career culminated in the command of the Amphibious Logistics Regiment.
After leaving the Army in 1997, Kim became Head of the Passenger Services Group at Sydney Airport, where he was responsible for all passenger-related operational activities. Kim led the 120-strong team through the $600 million International Terminal upgrade and the Sydney Olympic operations in 2000.
Kim joined Bankstown Airport Limited in 2001, taking responsibility for the business and operational management of Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden Airports. As Chief Executive Officer of BAC Airports Pty Ltd, he had oversight of large scale property development, establishment of new infrastructure and services, and the development of scheduled passenger flights.
Kim became Chief Executive of Centennial Parklands in 2011, before having his role expanded to include the Royal Botanic Garden in 2014. This role was responsible for the operation, preservation, sustainable development and financial viability of Sydney’s most valuable and highly used inner-city green space and the leadership of one of the world’s oldest and most important scientific organisations.