BSC, BENG (HONS), HON DENG (SYDNEY)
Chairman and Non-Executive Director – Chief Executive Officer and Director from listing in November 2002 until October 2012 and Director of the Company before listing and its predecessor entities from 1971
Country of residence – Australia
John is Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Health, Safety and Environment Committee. He has over 40 years’ experience in the resources and energy industry, starting his career with Esso Australia. In 1971, he became Chief Executive of Wholohan Grill and Partners, the entity that ultimately became owned by WorleyParsons Limited. This specialized consulting practice acquired the business of Worley Engineering Pty Limited in Australia in 1987. It listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2002 as Worley Group Limited following a restructuring of that company. In 2004, Worley Group Limited acquired Parsons E&C Corporation, a United States-based global project services company, and changed its name to WorleyParsons Limited. The Group then acquired the Colt Group in Canada in 2007, substantially increasing its capability in the upstream and downstream components of oil sands.
John has personal expertise in every aspect of project delivery in the resources and energy industry. He has strong relationships with the Group’s major customers and was closely involved at board level with the Group’s joint ventures.
John was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for distinguished service to engineering and to business, to the minerals, energy and power supply industries and as a supporter of advanced education and training.
John is Chairman of the Growth Centres Advisory Committee for the Australian Government for Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Chairman of the Mindgardens Alliance, a partnership between the Black Dog Institute, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and the University of New South Wales.