John graduated in 1985 from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now University of South Australia) with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Studies. He worked in various organisations, in a variety of roles including programming, in both contract and permanent employment, until his forced retirement in 2009.
Jun 2017 – February 2018
To assist Kelly Vincent to return to the SA Legislative Council, John is running in the lower house for the 2018 election. Please vote for the Dignity Party in 2018 by voting “1” Dignity Party above the line in the legislative council. And Vote “1” for John* (*seat to be determined)
Retired (due to disability)
Sep 2009 – Present
John acquired a disability in 2009, and his life is busy dealing with the T3/T4 paraplegia, chronic pain, and fatigue. He focuses on what he can do and ignores what he cannot do. With his manual chair, powered chair, all-terrain chair and VW Transporter, John has the freedom to move independently and enjoy life. John is involved with book projects including “My 0911“, an autobiography of life since his accident.
And “MY dis ABILITIES“, a book project of people with disabilities, who take the “dis” out of disabilities, leaving only their abilities. The vision is “to inspire people with a disability, and to increase the knowledge and understanding of disability in the community”. As a father, he spends time attempting to get his teenagers to clean up after themselves. More importantly, they are good people, with a sense of humour, and not Adelaide Crows supporters. We worship and serve at Rise Church, Northgate.
Aug 2006 – Sep 2009
Employed to perform analysis and programming services on the Police Information Management System (PIMS). John progressed to a role of technical team leader, providing technical direction and mentoring to four permanent analyst programmers and up to six contract analyst programmers. The projects managed by John included PIMS Domestic Violence (DV) and the Monitoring Persons of Interest (MPOI).
May 2004 – Jun 2007
John rejoined Origin Energy as a Contract Analyst Programmer within Production Support. Production support duties included analysis of Help Desk Calls logged by business users. The goal was the resolution of the highest priority help desk calls in an efficient manner.
Manager and owner
Zedz Cafe, Adelaide Central Market
Oct 2003 – Mar 2004
Responsible for all aspects of the efficient operation of the café including Selection of staff; Supervision of seven staff; Stock ordering; Food Preparation; and Customer Relations.
Oct 2000 – Aug 2003
Responsible for the technical design and coding of the Easipay system, a sub-project of the Full Retail Contestability project. John Prepared the functional specifications for the team of seven programmers. John joined the production support team in an analyst programmer role.
Aug 1993 – Aug 2000
Employed as an Analyst Programmer. John developed and maintained the Correctional Services website, and implemented programming solutions against IDMS databases. Responsible for many of the major changes including the ‘Truth in Sentencing Legislative Changes’ which changed the fundamental way for the calculation of prisoner sentences.
May 1993 – Jul 1993
Programming services to enhance Hermes, a human resource system.
Apr 1990 – Feb 1993
John provided Analysis and programming services for a number of projects within the Police Information System within a large team.
Senior Programming Analyst
Justice Information Services (JIS)
Nov 1989 – Aug 1990
SAGASCO (South Australian Gas Company)
Aug 1986 – Nov 1989
Jan 1986 – Jul 1986
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