Party People

Federal President, Alan Stockdale

Alan Stockdale

Elected as Federal President in February 2008, Alan Stockdale has an exceptional range of experience across business, law, sport and politics. He served in the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Brighton from 1985-99, and was Treasurer in the Kennett Government from 1992-99 and Minister for IT and Multimedia from 1996-99. He is Chairman or Director of a number of listed companies and a former Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs; a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales. Alan signed the High Court Roll of Practitioners in 1977.

Alan is a recipient of several honours, including the Centenary Medal and Tasman Medal. He is a member of a number of sporting and community organisations, including the Melbourne Football Club, of which he has served as a director and remains an enthusiastic supporter, and is a keen golfer.

Past Federal Presidents

  • Chris McDiven
    2005 - 2008

  • Shane Stone
    1999 - 2005

  • Tony Staley
    1993 - 1999

  • Ashley Goldsworthy
    1990 - 1993

  • John Elliott
    1987 - 1990

  • John Valder
    1985 - 1987

  • Dr A.J. Forbes
    1982 - 1985

  • John Atwill
    1975 - 1982

  • Robert Southey
    1970 - 1975

  • J. E. Pagan
    1965 - 1970

  • Phillip McBride
    1960 - 1965

  • Lyle Moore
    1956 - 1960

  • W. H. Anderson
    1951 - 1956

  • Richard Casey
    1947 - 1950

  • Malcolm Ritchie
    1945-47, 1950-51

Honorary Federal Treasurer, Philip Higginson

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

  • Michael Yabsley

    Michael Yabsley
    2008 - 2011

  • Mark Bethwaite

    Mark Bethwaite
    2006 - 2008

  • John Calvert-Jones
    2003 - 2006

  • Malcolm Turnbull
    2002 - 2003

  • Ronald Walker
    1989 - 2002

  • David Clarke
    1987 - 1989

  • John Elliot
    1985 - 1987

  • Sir Robert

    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

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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

  • Lynton Crosby
    1997 - 2002

  • Andrew Robb
    1990 - 1997

  • Tony Eggleton
    1975 - 1990

  • Dr Timothy Pascoe
    1974 - 1975

  • Bede Hartcher
    1969 - 1974

  • Robert Willoughby
    1951 - 1969

  • Donald Cleland
    1945 - 1951