Independent Board Consultant and Advisor
PhD (Monash University), Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
John has had considerable leadership experience in fields of education, accounting and business. He was Dean, David Syme Business School – now part of Monash Business School and Dean, Swinburne Graduate School of Management. In Accounting he was a senior partner of Hungerfords, now Pitcher Partners and Managing Partner of Pannell Kerr Forster. He is a former President of CPA Australia and of CAPA – the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.
He was awarded the AO for services to education and the community and the Australian Centenary Medal for services to Accounting, Education and the Public Sector. He is an honorary life member of CPA Australia, ICMA, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the John Button Foundation of which he is founder. His Monash PhD concerned “The Professionalisation of Accountants in Australia – Education and Training Perspectives”. John also has degrees in Commerce, Education, and Arts. John attends all board meetings as consultant and adviser to the Board, especially in the areas of Governance, Education, and Finance.