- Law – Industrial
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John was born at Ryde Hospital in 1956 and has remained in the local area all his life. He lived in the 2114 postcode until 10 years ago when he moved all the way to 2119 (Beecroft). John attended Eastwood Public School and Meadowbank Boys High School. He always wanted to practice Law, being fascinated with the cut and thrust of words and ideas.
John completed Economics and Law Degrees at Sydney University followed by practical training at the College of Law. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1979 and transferred to the Bar in 1984. John has practiced at the Bar ever since specialising in personal injury cases.
John married Janelle in 1979 and they have three children: the first two now finishing their professional degrees and the third on Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) in Brazil. Janelle had been a RYE student to Japan and their first two children also had a year on RYE in Germany and Switzerland. Janelle and John’s commitment to RYE has included hosting 17 inbound students from across the world.
John has been President of the Rotary Club of Ryde on two occasions in 1992–93 and 2001–02 and has recently shifted his focus to assisting the administration of the Rotary District covering the north side of Sydney which includes 68 Clubs. In 2012–13, John will be the Governor of that District and he is now training for that role.
When not busy with work and Rotary activities, John Assists Janelle with her Days for Girls and sometimes finds time for sailing and tennis.
Why I joined Rotary: My older brothers had joined Rotaract (the Youth offshoot of Rotary for 18–30 year olds) and I tagged along. I eventually completed a year as District Rotaract President in 1979–80. I was therefore well known to the Ryde Rotarians who invited me to join in 1985 when I had established my practice. Rotary allows me to enjoy the company of interesting business and professional people from all walks of life (especially those who are not lawyers who I talk to all the time). It has opened up a world of service that I have been able to expose to my children as well. I enjoy the ethical bases of Rotary and the chance to relate to people of similar values.