- Federal President, Richard Alston
- Federal Treasurer, Philip Higginson
- Federal Director, Brian Loughnane
Federal President, Richard Alston
The Hon. Richard Alston was elected as the Liberal Party’s 17th Federal President at the Federal Council meeting in Melbourne in June 2014.
Richard has had a long and distinguished career in law, politics and diplomacy. His first career was as a barrister, practising in common, commercial and administrative law. From 1979-1982 he was the State President of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party.
Richard went on to represent Victoria as a Liberal Senator from 1986 to 2004. In Opposition, he was responsible for a range of shadow portfolios including Communications, Arts, Social Security, Childcare, Superannuation and Retirement Incomes.
Richard was elected Deputy Liberal Senate Leader in 1993 and, following the election of the Howard Government, he was appointed as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in 1996. He served in both positions until 2003.
Following his notable political career, Richard spent three years as the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
He is an adjunct professor of IT at Bond University in Queensland and currently sits on a number of corporate boards.
Richard is married to Megs and they have two adult children.
Past Federal Presidents
2008 - 2014
2005 - 2008
1999 - 2005
1993 - 1999
1990 - 1993
1987 - 1990
1985 - 1987
Dr A.J. Forbes
1982 - 1985
1975 - 1982
1970 - 1975
J. E. Pagan
1965 - 1970
1960 - 1965
1956 - 1960
W. H. Anderson
1951 - 1956
1947 - 1950
Honorary Federal Treasurer, Philip Higginson
Philip Higginson has been Honorary Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Party since February 2011.
Philip Higginson is the managing director of ProNed Australia P/L, a company specialising in non-executive director search and board governance advice. Philip has served in this role since 1999.
An experienced company director, Philip has served as Chairman of Employment National Limited for a number of years including during its orderly sale process, and as chairman of TransGrid for over 12 years.
Philip has an extensive background in community service. He served with the Salvation Army for 15 years, including on the Sydney Advisory Board and two terms as Chairman of the Sydney Red Shield Appeal.
Other business and community activities have included a lengthy period as Chairman of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, a director of the Home Purchase Assistance Authority, a member of the board of Focus Publishing Pty Ltd, a Vice-President of the NSW Chamber of Manufacturers, a director of the Employers Federation Limited, a Vice-President of the Conservatorium of Music Foundation, Federal President of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Australia Day Council.
Past Party Treasurers
2008 - 2011
2006 - 2008
2003 - 2006
2002 - 2003
1989 - 2002
1987 - 1989
1985 - 1987
1974 - 1985
Sir Charles McGrath
1968 - 1974
Sir William Anderson 1962 - 1968
S. F. Utz 1956 - 1962
B. F. Dargan 1949 - 1956 (pictures unavailable)
Federal Director, Brian Loughnane
Brian Loughnane has been Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia since February 2003. He was born in Geelong, Victoria and grew up and was educated in Colac. He graduated with an Honours degree in Political Science from La Trobe University in 1981.
From 1982-92 Brian worked in industrial relations with Shell. He was responsible for industrial relations at the Geelong Refinery during the introduction of enterprise bargaining in the late 1980s.
He has been actively involved at all levels of the Liberal Party for over thirty years. Following the election of the Kennett Government in 1992, Brian became Senior Adviser to Hon. Vin Heffernan, Minister for Small Business and Youth Affairs. In late 1994 he became Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, Alexander Downer, and was Chief of Staff to Hon. John Howard until May 1995. During 1995 and 1996, Brian was a senior executive with the Gas and Fuel Corporation.
In May 1996 Brian was appointed Chief of Staff to Hon. John Moore, and served with Mr Moore in both Industry and Defence portfolios. Brian was State Director of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party from October 2000 to February 2003. In this role he was Campaign Director for the Aston federal by-election in July 2001 and the 2002 Victorian State Election.
Brian was the Coalition's National Campaign Director for the 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 Federal elections.
Brian has been a member of the Liberal Party for over 30 years and is a former President of the Viewbank Branch. He has served locally on many State and Federal Campaign Committees and in numerous other Party positions.
Brian is married to Peta Credlin and his interests include films, horse racing, bush walking and American politics.
Past Party Directors
1997 - 2002
1990 - 1997
1975 - 1990
Dr Timothy Pascoe
1974 - 1975
1969 - 1974
1951 - 1969
1945 - 1951