Managing Director (Vic)
As head of Barton Deakin’s Melbourne office, he advises Barton Deakin’s corporate clients on their working relationship with the Victorian Opposition. Given his extensive federal experience, John also assists Melbourne-based clients with their Federal Government work.
John has more than 30 years’ history as an adviser to Coalition governments and oppositions in Canberra and Victoria. In the federal political arena John has served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert Hill, Private Secretary to the Hon. John Howard during his first period as Opposition Leader, Parliamentary and Policy Consultant to the Liberal Party Federal Secretariat and as Senior Private Secretary to Dr John Hewson where he and Tony Abbott were colleagues.
After working on the Victorian Coalition’s successful 1992 state election campaign, John was appointed Chief of Staff to the Hon. Jeff Kennett and served in that position for five years, including Mr Kennett’s successful 1996 re-election campaign.
Since 1997, John has been a successful government relations and issues management adviser to a variety of Australian and international corporations. He has also advised government agencies and private sector companies in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
John has continued to assist the Liberal and National Parties on a number of state and federal election campaigns as a senior political strategist and policy adviser including playing a key role in the successful 2013 federal election campaign.