Mr Travers is responsible for the leadership and general management of UCL in Australia. He joined UCL in 2010 after more than four years in London as the Deputy Agent General (Government of South Australia).
He spent more than a decade with the State Government, included two stints in political offices; he was Chief of Staff to the Hon Graham Ingerson MP, Liberal Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry and Trade (1998) and later was Chief of Staff to the Hon Dr Jane Lomax Smith, Labor Minister for Higher Education and Tourism (2002). During his public service career he held senior executive roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Education and Children's Services, the Department of Further Education and Employment and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.
Mr Travers has worked extensively in Europe, the US and Russia, leading government investment, export and migration initiatives. He oversaw major education and skilled migration campaigns in the UK and Ireland and trade and investment initiatives from the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece. He managed the State Government’s European relationships with a variety of companies, including International Power, Acciona, Ultra Electronics, BTG, Babcock International and the Bank of England. Between 2006-2010 he forged the development of specialist agricultural projects in Russia, including beef and wine, and negotiated the first Bolashak Scholarship contracts (Kazakhstan) awarded to Australian universities.
Mr Travers began his career as a cadet journalist at the Fairfax Media group, advancing to editor-in-chief of its South Australian agricultural division in 1996. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Flinders University and is a former Young South Australian of the Year. He was a Young Australian of the Year finalist and was featured by News Limited as one of Australia's top 40 future leaders.