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John has in excess of 30 years senior management experience, with much of it being spent as member of business leadership teams. Specific responsibilities during this time have embraced a wide range of functions including human resources.

Since 2000 John has been advising boards, CEOs and senior managers across a spectrum of industries including mining, retail property, steel making, railways, health insurance and airlines, on a range of people related matters, including organization design, leadership evaluation, development and coaching. A particular area of focus is in working with organisations to identify the ideal people requirements for successful strategic delivery, supported by detailed analysis of existing gaps and issues, and specific development plans to assist individuals and their managers in closing those gapsAssignments with organisations such as BlueScope Steel in Australia and Asia and Anglo American plc in Europe and Africa, have had a specific emphasis on reviewing succession planning processes, designing a leadership framework, conducting leadership evaluations and advising on appropriate development plans and actions. In addition John has consulted to Centro Property Group (Australia and the USA), Rio Tinto (Canada), Medibank Private (Melbourne), Qantas (Sydney) and Queensland Rail (Brisbane), in a variety of topic areas including, succession and talent inventory, integration of acquisitions, board appointments, senior executive remuneration, executive coaching and organization design.

Over a 20 year period with ICI and Orica, John headed both HR and other functional areas in Australia, Asia Pacific (Singapore), Specialty Chemicals (Manchester) and for the parent company ICI plc in London. He was the first corporate head of HR for Zeneca, the pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals company which demerged from ICI in the mid 1990's. John is currently the Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Orica (Flexible Benefits) Superannuation Fund. He holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Tasmania.