Ashton Calvert AC, BSc (Hons) (Tas), DPhil (Oxon), Hon DSc (Tas) age 61.
Appointment and election: Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited since 2005. Ashton was re-elected by shareholders in 2007 (notes b, d and e).
Skills and experience: Ashton retired as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia in January 2005 after six and a half years in that position. He was educated at the University of Tasmania and, as a Rhodes scholar, also gained a doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University. During his career in the Australian foreign service he held appointments in Washington and, on four occasions, in Tokyo, where he was ambassador prior to his appointment as secretary. In these and other roles he developed extensive experience of the Asian countries which represent key markets for Rio Tinto.
External appointments (current and recent):
Director of Woodside Petroleum Limited since 2005.
Director of The Australian Trade Commission between 1998 and 2005.
Director of The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation between 1998 and 2005.
Director of The Australian Strategic Policy Institute between 2001 and 2005.