John has extensive airline engineering and maintenance experience over a professional career spanning more than 40 years, including more than 25 years in executive, general and accountable airworthiness management roles in large airline Engineering and Maintenance organisations.
He is an Aeronautical Engineer, having worked in airline technical services (structures and systems), aircraft performance, fleet assessment and aircraft acceptance/delivery roles. He has filled senior engineering, maintenance, fleet development, safety, quality and risk management roles including holding various National Aviation Authority (CASA) approvals and has led the Engineering and Maintenance businesses of Air Pacific in Fiji and Ansett Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd in Australia.
His main career focal areas have been business strategy, business process improvement, change management, governance, regulatory compliance, operational and occupational safety systems, risk management, leadership development, employee engagement/communication and relationship management.
He is Chairman of the Board of the Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division and Adjunct Professor with the School of Aviation, University of NSW. He is now an executive consultant providing services to the aviation and broader engineering communities.