Richard Alston's (LLM 1983, MBA 1990) parliamentary career lasted more than 18 years. He was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate from 1986 to 2004, representing the state of Victoria and served as Deputy Leader in the Senate from 1993 to 2003. He was on the front bench of Coalition parties for nearly 15 years.
He is currently deputy chairman of TFS Ltd, a company that manages the largest sustainable supply of Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album) in the world.
He is also a non-executive director of public listed UK company Chime PLC and a director of Australian based companies CQS (Investment Management) Australia Pty Ltd, Nanuk Asset Management Pty Ltd and Balmoral Gardens Pty Ltd.
He is a member of the International Advisory Board of London based hedge fund CQS LLP and a member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Board of Alcatel-Lucent.
He is an adjunct professor of IT at Bond University in Queensland, a director of the Melba Foundation that supports Australian classical artists and musicians, and a member of the Bell Shakespeare Foundation.
His first career was as a barrister, practising in common, commercial and administrative law.
In government, he was Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1996 to 2003. In opposition, Mr Alston was responsible for a range of shadow portfolios including communications, the arts, social security, child care, superannuation and retirement incomes.
Following his notable political career, Mr Alston spent three years as the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. .
In addition to his Monash MBA and Master of Laws, Mr Alston holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne.