23 April 2019


Melbourne and Sydney: Market Eye, Australia’s leading specialist investor relations advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Hon. Richard Alston AO to the firm’s Advisory Board. Richard joins the Advisory Board following the recent retirement of Michael Butler.

From March 1996 to October 2003 Richard was Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in the Australian Federal Parliament. In addition, he was Deputy Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate from 1996-2003 and was a member of the front bench of the Liberal / National coalition for nearly 15 years.

Since leaving Parliament, Richard was Australian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom from 2005-2008. He has also served as Chairman of three ASX-listed companies and as a Director of several listed public companies in both Australia and the United Kingdom. From 2008-2015 he was a director of London based public company Chime and a member of the international advisory board of London based CQS, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. He also served as a director of CQS’ Australian subsidiary and associated hedge fund Nanuk. For several years he was a consultant to Alcatel-Lucent and Chairman of the advisory board of long/short fund Qato Capital.

He currently serves as Chairman of berry producer Sunny Ridge, and a director of China Telecom Australia, and retirement village operator Balmoral Gardens. Since 2004 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Information Technology at Bond University.

Welcoming Richard to Market Eye’s Advisory Board, Founder & Managing Director Ronn Bechler said:

“Richard’s experience in fields as diverse as information technology, broadcasting services, public relations, advertising, funds management and Government, provide him with unique perspectives.

“With Market Eye’s focus on leveraging technology to support our clients’ investor and media relations activities, and half of our clients in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, Richard’s involvement in these sectors first as Minister and then as a Director will be a valuable addition to our Advisory Board. Richard’s appointment further enhances our firm’s strategic direction as we respond to the opportunities we see from changes evolving in the Australian and global capital markets.”

Ronn also thanked Michael for his contribution on Market Eye’s Advisory Board over the past four years: “Michael has been a valuable member of our Advisory Board as the firm responded to the opportunities being created by structural change in global capital markets. Over the period that Michael was on the Advisory Board, Market Eye grew very strongly across all key operational and financial metrics. Having known Michael for close to 15 years, I look forward to continuing our relationship over the years ahead.”

For further information please contact:

Ronn Bechler
Founder & Managing Director M: +61-400 009 774
E: ronn.bechler@marketeye.com.au

Tristan Everett
Director, Media & Communications M: +61-403 789 096
E: tristan.everett@marketeye.com.au