After studying Human Sciences at St Anne’s College, Tim studied for an MPhil in Oriental linguists and anthropology at Wolfson College, Oxford. He completed a DPhil in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Wolfson in 2011. His research focused on Anglo-Tibetan relations between 1860-1910, and especially Tibetan translations of sources relating to the Younghusband Mission of 1904. He has conducted field research and published numerous articles and books on the subject, and lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and British Museum.
Having completed his doctorate Tim joined Oxford Risk, a spin-out company of the University, and as Operations Director developed a range of tools and consultancy models for international banks and finance corporations to help them better understand their clients’ risk appetite and tolerance. He joined the Museum in 2018 to bring together his academic and professional experiences.