Dr John H Howard

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:


  • Governance and public management.
  • Public policy analysis, research, and advice.
  • University engagement with industry.
  • Management strategy, strategic planning, organisation design.
  • Government program review and evaluation.
  • Regional development and regional innovation systems.


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.

Qualification and skills


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 from The University of Sydney, an MA from the University of Canberra, and a BEc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania.


General professional experience


John’s expertise has been developed over 30 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 Linked-in profile extends to 3,400 connections, principally at executive/ senior management level in business, the research sector, and government.


Specific professional experience


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:


Concurrent appointments


Visiting Professor, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney

This role involves:

  • Participating in the academic activities of the UTS Business School.
  • Research and publication in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy and innovation management, with a particular focus on regional development, manufacturing and the adoption and application of information and communication technologies Link


Adjunct Professor and Academic Fellow, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

The role involves undertaking contributing to the research portfolio of the Institute and participating in the University's College of Adjuncts.


Board positions

  • Great Lakes Education Fund, 2011-2020
  • Canberra Business Council (Chair, Economic Development Task Force), 2008-2011.
  • Epicorp (a business incubator, seed investor), 2008-2011
  • Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government, 2009-2011.
  • Regional Development Australia (ACT) and Capital Region Development Board (2008-2010)




A comprehensive review of Australia's higher education system was published as Rethinking Australian Higher Education by Howard Partners and UTS on 18 February 2021.


In May 2020 an extended analysis of Australia's research capacity was published as  Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation by UTS as an Occasional Paper.


In 2019 Howard Partners completed the first ever comprehensive Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the  National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee.



Dr John Howard

PO Box 47

Rose Bay NSW 2029


M 0403 583 600

E john@howardpartners.com.au