Alistair has had an extensive career in New Zealand-China diplomacy. He established and led New Zealand’s new diplomatic post in Chengdu, Southwest China, as Consul-General from 2014 to 2019. He was New Zealand’s first Education Counsellor to China in 2003-05, and has served in a number of other diplomatic and policy roles for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
Alistair has considerable on-the-ground experience in Asia. He has managed crises in education and food safety, negotiated market access for a range of export sectors, and opened new opportunities for New Zealand companies in China. He is a fluent Chinese speaker.
Most recently, Alistair worked as Director of the Office of the Mayor of Christchurch, and was the Business Programme Director and South Island Manager at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, where he led a programme supporting New Zealand companies to better understand Asia.
Alistair holds a first class honours degree in law and a BA from the University of Canterbury.