Sir Tim Lankester is a former senior civil servant.
Lankester began his career as an economist with the World Bank in Washington DC and New Delhi. He joined HM Treasury in 1973, and subsequently served as Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Callaghan and Thatcher. He was seconded to SG Warburg, the IMF and World Bank before holding two successive Permanent Secretary positions at what is now the Department for International Development and in the Department for Education.
He is a former president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.