John is a qualified lawyer from the University of Tasmania. He is the Director and Principal of his own environment and planning consultancy. He spent 23 years as a Tasmanian Departmental Secretary, in the Justice, Environment and Land Management, Primary Industries, Water and Environment and Health and Human Services Departments.
John is currently the Chair of the Board of the Forest Practices Authority. His previous appointments include Chair of the Land Use Planning Review Panel, and Chair of the Board of the Environment Protection Authority.