John has been a member of the Gowrie Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 2012. Soon after joining John took on the President’s role for the Conference and in 2014 he also became the Regional President for the Tuggeranong/Monaro Region covering the southern part of the ACT and the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.
John has recently retired from a long career in the Commonwealth and ACT Public Service where he worked at a senior level on heritage, natural resource management and community engagement projects.
He has a keen interest in developing the potential of young people, having served as a Scout Leader for over 30 years. In this capacity he developed a partnership in the ACT between Scouts and Vinnies to deliver a youth at risk program called VINES. This program provides regular exciting and challenging activities to young people who would not otherwise have these opportunities.
In 2018, John was fortunate to take part in the Vinnies Immersion Program to Nganmarriyanga, which reflects his strong interest in Indigenous affairs and taking practical steps to meaningful reconciliation.