- On 31/05/2021
John is Deputy Chairman, MannaCare Board, and has been a Director since 2016. He is also currently Chairman of MannaCare’s Business Strategy Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit, People and Governance and Council Liaison Committees.
John recently shared a little about his background, his career and his interests for an interview for MannaCare News – Winter Issue.
During his 45 year career, John has held numerous executive roles. He is an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, and in 2014, he was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in Local Government management.
I am a civil engineer by profession and have worked for my entire career in local government – commencing at Doncaster and Templestowe City Council in 1976 and returning to the successor Council, Manningham as CEO in 2001. Currently, I am the Chief Executive Officer at Greater Dandenong City Council.
Tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.
What is the favourite part of your CEO role?
Being able to assist people and satisfy many of their needs – on a daily basis. People look for strategic direction from their local Council but they also expect daily needs to be satisfied and achieving these and often satisfying some complex needs, is most rewarding.
Achievement that you are most proud of?
The image and reputation of Greater Dandenong has not, historically, been what it has deserved to be. So, I take pride in working with the Council to invest significantly in public assets; in improving the quality and amenity of places and spaces in the City; to incrementally turn attitudes to the City around; and importantly, to create a city that the community is proud of.
Family first and foremost – otherwise supporting the Sydney Swans and travel.
What are you passionate about?
Helping people in need – through my work, my efforts with MannaCare and as a Templestowe Rotarian.
What inspires you?
Other people – observing, assessing and always learning from passionate and effective people who are so often dedicated to supporting those in need.
In my spare time, you will usually find me……
Catching up on news or reading biographies – I read enough Board papers and Council reports at all other times!