Following a career as a schoolteacher, John became ALP state secretary 1994-1997, and member for Kaurna 1997-2014. John held several portfolios under South Australian Premiers Rann and Weatherill, most notably as Minister for Health for seven years.

John retired from the Cabinet in 2013 and Parliament in 2014 and is now enjoying his third and ‘encore’ career as a member of various boards – including ACH Group, Bellberry Ltd, the SA Institute of Educational Leadership and the SALA Festival.

John also chairs the University of South Australia’s Sci/C/Ed Start-up Program Steering Committee.

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