John has worked in senior positions in federal and state governments. He has consulted to the World Bank and been a partner in a major Sydney law firm.
One of Australia’s leading experts on planning systems and local government management, John’s expertise spans planning law, housing policy, development control, urban design, organisation design and development, and facilitating major projects.
He has formulated development management systems that are easier to administer while at the same time delivering better environmental results and increasing transparency.
In urban management, John has shown how the structure of organisations affects the outcomes they produce and he has restructured many organisations accordingly. He simplified local government management legislation in NSW by removing barriers to flexible governance, which has influenced the reform of local government in most other Australian states.
John was recently president of the Paddington Society and deputy chair of Common Equity NSW, the not-for-profit holding company for NSW cooperative housing organisations. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016.