John has a long history of innovation, strategic development and activation of services in the employment, social enterprise, training and education sectors. A significant part of his experience has been in developing successful services for disadvantaged people as well as working with large companies, particularly Tier 1 construction and development companies, to maximise their social impact and implement their Indigenous action plans.
He is a strong advocate for inclusion of all people into Australian society and believes that work is one of the primary pathways to this as well as to economic independence and wellbeing.
John currently provides advice and support to Access Community Enterprises Limited in the continued growth and integration of their social enterprise and employment strategies.
He is part of Jobs Queensland Limited, and manages their ParentsNext program, a Federally funded initiative for people on parenting payment preparing to enter the workforce.
For 20 years from 1996, John established the “work as welfare” concept for yourtown (formerly BoysTown), first in Queensland and then in four other States across Australia, including a remote Indigenous community. These services continue to assist thousands of young people each year.
Prior to 1996, John was a senior officer in the Federal Government Department of Employment, Education and Training.
John holds a number of Board and governance positions including:
- Chair and Director of the Australian Training Company, a group training company and registered training organisation employing 600 apprentices and trainees.
- Director, National Employment Services Assn (NESA), the peak body for Federally funded employment providers.
- Director, Fair Go Australia, an organisation established to provide mentoring support to disadvantaged people.
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Previously a Council member of several TAFE Qld Institutes.