- Leader experienced in tough, uncertain conditions
- Experienced in innovative business development
- Excited by technology hobbies
- Values life in a rural environment
During John's service, he accrued substantial experience flying helicopters, heavy transport and training jets. He commanded operations in war, border protection, peace-keeping, humanitarian disaster relief, and for the protection of Australians in dire circumstances.
John’s expertise is strategy, grounded in the reality of tough operational environments, and effective integration of complex systems to work seamlessly and successfully for frontline operators. John now brings this intimate and hand-on knowledge to Defence as a consultant and contractor through Calibre and its subsidiaries.
As Defence’s Director General Aerospace Development, John was responsible for over 100 projects, including surveillance systems, electronic warfare, missiles, transport aircraft, helicopters and training systems.
Since moving to industry, John has established several innovative businesses which address technology opportunities across satellite communications, composite structures, high performance vehicles and precision navigation and timing.
“I see so much insight in the experienced eyes of our engineers and technicians who have developed and operated great systems and equipment to be effective for demanding clients in tough conditions.”
“I want to see the resilient and practical skills of Calibre’s people supporting the people in Defence as they do the tough jobs needed to protect our society. Calibre has so much to offer.”
John has served on the Defence Airworthiness Board and in 2013 published a book on military service, family and society – Flight Command (Allen & Unwin).