John is a civil and military qualified helicopter and heavy transport pilot, manager and company director. With over 35 years in Australian Military Service, primarily with the RAAF. John has both operated and lead humanitarian assistance, disaster response, peace keeping and military operations and in the development and governance of Australia’s military air lift systems.
These roles included appointments as the forward commander of Australia’s initial response to Banda Aceh to the Asian Tsunami, as the Deputy Commander of Australia’s Middle East Forces, and as Commander of Air Lift Group. Since retiring from the RAAF in 2012, John has established a successful business consulting on strategy and risk to both commercial and government organisations. He has also served on the Defence Airworthiness Board.