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Minister of State for Cultural Heritage

Dame Alison McLean, B.A., M.P.A., M.Ed.


Minister of State for Cultural Heritage, Dame Alison McLean

Minister of State for Cultural Heritage, Dame Alison McLean

Right Honourable (Rt.Hon.) Dame Alison McLean holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from Goucher College in Maryland (1985). She completed a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Intergovernmental Programs and Practices (1992) from the Royal College of Management and Economics (externship at Japan Local Government Center), and completed a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Leadership Development Training (2009), from State College of Humanitarian Education (certification studies at Newfield Network Institute).


Alison earned official legalized nobility peerage as a Dame of 12th century European historical institutions (2017), recognized by the Vatican Papal Bull “Omne Datum Optimum” of 1139 AD.


She began her career working on the Naval Command Database for the US Department of Defense (1983), receiving the Special Act of Service Award medal for civilian achievement.


As Institutional Services Manager for Smith Barney Harris & Upham (1985-1988), a Wall Street securities brokerage firm in New York (later merged into Morgan Stanley bank), she handled asset management for governments and institutions. As Assistant to the Public Relations Director of Estee Lauder in New York (1988-1989), the multinational cosmetics corporation, she managed a diverse portfolio of 25+ brands in 150 countries.


As Program Director of the Japan Local Government Center (JLGC) of the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in New York (1989-1992), she facilitated cooperation with government counterparts in the United States and Canada, developed internships and exchange programs, wrote reports on best practices in governmental systems, counseled high-ranking officials in American institutional culture, and served as a speech writer and coach for Governor Suzuki of Tokyo for official presentations in the United Nations.


As Assistant Director of the Main Street America Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1993-1997), she implemented programs to revitalize neighborhoods to develop thriving communities, and established Historic Southtown in San Antionio, Texas as a tourist destination, by combining historical preservation with business development.


At the law firm Mayer Brown Row & Maw in Los Angeles, she became a Paralegal (1997-1998), working on a high-profile case involving Ritz Carlton Hotels and a Saudi Arabian Sheikh, quickly promoted to Non-Legal Staff Supervisor (1998-2000), directing work-flow and training of over 150 staff, further promoted to Attorney Programs Manager (2000-2002), administering law school internships and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) compliance for lawyers.


As Business Manager and Executive Assistant at the accounting firm Shuwarger & Company in Los Angeles (2002-2006), she worked with the President on major accounts, and coordinated operations of accountants and lawyers.


Dame Alison is founder of the Sovereign Woman (TM) non-profit leadership training organization (since 2009), focusing on women’s empowerment through developing mature and self-responsible female leaders. She also reestablished the Order of Sovereign Grail Queens (since 2013), a chivalric and spiritual female Priesthood with ancient Sumerian origins, as the heritage of the 1st century Saint Mary Magdalene discipleship and 12th century Holy Grail traditions of the Knights Templar.


She was recruited as Director of Operations of Victory Cheval Holdings (2016-2018), a luxury multi-purpose event center, polo club, equestrian facility and ranch venue in Texas, where she established management and operating systems for all departments.


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