Fourteen years ago John was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Since that time he has been a committed and passionate advocate for people affected by cancer. He holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences and seminars on cancer policy, advocacy, clinical trials and related issues. He is currently CEO of CanSpeak a national cancer consumer advocacy group. He is was awarded an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, School of Medicine for his work in the promotion of Clinical Trials in this country.
John has contributed to booklets and research papers as an Associate Investigator, edited consumer booklets for the Cancer Council and Cancer Australia and contributed to government policy on cancer, cancer services and the value of consumer involvement.