Alistair’s 25-years-plus career covers Australia, the United States and China; and includes senior positions in public affairs agency and in-house roles, in political advice, in government and diplomacy, and in journalism.
From 2000 until 2013 Alistair was based in Beijing, China, where he provided strategic advice to a range of companies including many Global Fortune 500 companies, and to the Chinese government and foreign government embassies and agencies on a range of public affairs, government relations and crisis management issues. He headed up the Corporate and Public Affairs Practices of Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate’s sister firm for the Asia Pacific Region from 2011 prior to returning to Australia.
Before moving to China, Alistair was the Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for promoting Australian business and trade interests to the World Bank and United Nations.
Alistair currently also acts as Honorary Media Counsel for the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Education Committee of the Australia-China Business Council; and, he is a member of the private sector advisory board to Macquarie University’s China Business Research Network. Alistair holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.