Brian Loughnane’s decision to retire as Federal Director of the Liberal Party, after an invaluable twelve year stint, marks the end of a very successful term in a very difficult role.
Brian told me many months ago that he was keen to move on when the time was right. The change in parliamentary leadership provides the perfect opportunity for renewal.
Brian has been a pleasure to work with. His vast experience in politics includes serving as Chief of Staff to Howard era Cabinet Minister John Moore and Director of the Victorian Division. These key roles enabled him to hit the ground running. His sound judgement and keen strategic insights have been instrumental in maximising the performance of the organisation in its critical support role to the Parliamentary Party.
In his twelve years in the position, he has run a highly professional operation, involving astute handling of the affairs of the Federal Secretariat and masterminding four federal election campaigns. He has also provided invaluable mentoring to a generation of State Directors and played an important advisory role in numerous State election campaigns.
All Liberal Party members across Australia wish Brian and his wife Peta well in their future endeavours.
A process is now in train to identify a worthy successor and a decision will be announced in due course.