Colin Heseltine had a 40-year career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included many postings in the Asian region and senior policy advisory positions in Australia. He was the Australian ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001-2005, deputy head of mission in the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1982-85 and 1988-1992, and director of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taiwan from 1992-1997. He also had diplomatic appointments in Chile (1970-1973) and Spain (1975-78). From 1998-2001 Mr Heseltine was First Secretary, North Asia Division, Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra. Since leaving the Australian Government in July 2008, he has provided consultancy services to businesses. He is a senior associate with the Nautilus Institute, a public policy think-tank which focuses on energy and sustainability issues in the Korean peninsula, and is vice chair of the Australia Korea Business Council.