Fifteen years ago, John was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Since then, he has been a committed and passionate advocate. He holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences and seminars on cancer policy, advocacy and clinical trials. He is voluntary CEO of CanSpeak. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney for his work in the promotion of Clinical Trials and in 2011 he received a Recognition Award from the Department of Health for – “longstanding commitment to advancing the quality of radiation oncology services in this country”.