Professor Ashley Goldsworthy OBE AO KM is a former Federal President of the Australian Liberal Party. He currently holds the title of deputy chair title on the Brisbane Catholic Education Council. He is a director of the anti-same-sex marriage lobby group Marriage Alliance.
Professor Goldsworthy has Degrees in accounting, business, science, public administration, theology, and canon law.
As Chairman of the Education & Training Committee of the Business Council of Australia, Professor Goldsworthy was instrumental in establishing the Business/Higher Education Round Table, which was launched by the Governor-General in 1990. He was B-HERT Director 1990-95 and 2008 to date; President 1995-97; Executive Director 1997-2008.
He has an extensive business career with roles including former Chairman/CEO of billion dollar corporations, both domestic and international, in construction (of what was then the largest construction company in Australia), housing, hotel, gaming (casinos), property development, information technology, and banking and insurance industries.
Professor Goldsworthy's current roles include:
- He is currently Chairman/CEO of companies in the fields of information technology, education and training, finance, and human resources.
- Honorary Treasurer of the La Pacifique Apartments Body Corporate.
Former roles held by Professor Goldsworthy:
- Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Bond University.
- Federal President and Life Member of the Liberal Party
- Member of Federal Government's Industry Research & Development Board; Australian-American Fulbright Commission; Australian Science and Technology Council; Australian Payments System Council; National Library; and Australian Law Reform Commission;
- Chairman of the Centre for International Research on ICT at RMIT University
- President and CEO, Australian Computer Society
- World President of the International Federation for Information Processing, and in 1999 achieved the rare honour of being elected an Honorary Member of that body.
- Prior to his business career he was Director of Economic Statistics for the Australian Government.
Community service includes work for:
- Scout Association
- Arthritis Foundation
- Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Queensland Theatre Company (Chairman)
- Australian Ballet
- Queensland Ballet (Life Member)
- Queensland Performing Arts Trust.
He was awarded
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1982
- Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1991
- Centenary Medal in 2003
- Knight of Malta (KM) in 2009
- In 1996 the Peoples Republic of China honoured him by electing him a Fellow of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.
- He was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame
- James Robertson (12 August 2015), Grassroots anti-marriage lobbies have powerful connections, Sydney Morning Herald
- "Ashley W. Goldsworthy". Catholic Education Council, Archdiocese of Brisbane. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- John Sevior, (23 April 1993), Ashley Goldsworthy & The Liberals' Princely Pretenders, Sydney Morning Herald, p. 41. Accessed 13 March 2017
- The Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil) granted 12 June 1982 'For service to information technology, particularly through the Australian Computer Society', It's An Honour: the Australian Honours database. Accessed 13 March 2017
- Officer of the Order of Australia granted 10 June 1991 'for service to information technology particularly through the Australian Computer Society', It's An Honour: the Australian Honours database. Accessed 13 March 2017
- Centenary Medal granted 1 January 2001 'For service to Australian society in information technology', It's An Honour: the Australian Honours database. Accessed 13 March 2017