David Prior ('87)

A Bachelor of Business at Monash University and an MBA from the University of Melbourne kick-started his career in the packaging industry, before he went on to build the multi-million dollar five:am organic yoghurt brand. 

An advocate for starting the day early combined with his passion for sustainability saw David establish five:am in 2010, founded on the ethos of providing environmentally conscious food, and a healthy yoghurt made from certified organic ingredients. David sold five:am in 2014 to UK consumer products company PZ Cussons. 

In early 2015, and thanks to his passion for whisky and desire to restore the heart and soul of the local community, David bought Scotland’s 200-year-old Bladnoch Distillery with a view to reinvigorate the town’s biggest employer and inject new life into the country’s most southerly distillery. Pure Scot, a contemporary Blended Scotch Whisky, launches in Australia this year, followed by Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky in early 2016. 

Chapter Chair of the (Melbourne) Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), David frequently mentors and is passionately focused on his principal philanthropic venture, Culture Is Life, a NFP which aims to reduce youth suicide in Indigenous communities. 

He loves a surf, is an avid yogi and is always encouraging those around him to live a balanced life.