John worked for over 30 years with the WA public service, with his initial years as an economist and financial manager with the Rural Adjustment and Finance Corporation, where he worked to assist and restructure numerous farm businesses. He then spent more than 20 years in landcare and natural resource management, including 12 years as the Director of the State NRM Office. In 1999 John worked with the South African government on establishment of its landcare program. Since retirement in 2018, John has continued to have involvement with a range of local, state and national landcare efforts. He is a member of his local landcare groups, Treasurer of the WA Landcare Network and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee & Remuneration Committee of the National Landcare Network.