John is a highly regarded expert on innovation and innovation policy. He is also a very experienced management consultant with a track record of achievement in the areas of:
John’s professional knowledge, skills and experience in the fields of innovation, management consultancy and public policy provides a unique combination of capability that has been applied in an extensive portfolio of successful commissions and assignments for government, business, universities and the non-government (NGO) sector over a 25-year period.
John has high level skills in writing, data and information analysis, stakeholder consultation, communication and engagement, and in the presentation of research findings and actionable and implementable recommendations in papers and reports. He holds a PhD (The University of Sydney, Innovation, university-business-government relations), a Master of Arts Degree (University of Canberra, Public Policy, Organisation Theory; and an Honours Degree in Economics (University of Tasmania, Applied Economics, Management, Public Administration).
John’s expertise has been developed over 25 years as managing Director of Howard Partners (since 1998) and as a Partner in Ernst & Young and Coopers and Lybrand (PwC) between 1988 and 1998. He is a member of the Alumni groups of both firms.
John’s experience is concentrated in the areas of management strategy, governance, and public policy. This has underpinned his approach to Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and analysis of innovation systems. He has advised on the governance of innovation systems and innovation strategy implementation.
John has an extended range of connections in the Innovation System built up over many years of commissioned research, advisory, and evaluation work. His LinkedIn profile extends to 3,200 connections, principally at executive/ senior management level in business, the research sector, and government.
John has researched and produced several influential publications on innovation and knowledge transfer, authored many reports and policy papers for Government and business, and has presented at international conferences and events. Recent experience in the areas of strategic planning and innovation systems include:
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During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.
Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.
Howard Partners is currently working with the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee on a Performance Review of Australia's Rural Innovation System.
In November 2017 the Review Team released an Issues Paper to guide consultations and discussions about the Review. The consultations program has now been completed, involving meetings with over 100 people from research and teaching organisations, business and government.