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John is an experienced policy analyst with knowledge, skills, and experience in the areas of science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy, management strategy, and university-industry engagement.

John is the founder of Howard Partners, a boutique Australian public policy research firm. For 25 years, the firm has been active in providing policy research, analysis and advice for government, business, and the higher education sector.  

John’s professional knowledge and experience in public policy, economics, public finance, and management strategy provide a unique combination of capabilities that have been successfully applied and adopted in numerous commissions and assignments for government, businesses, universities, and NGOs.

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PhD, The University of Sydney, 2004. Innovation Studies

MA. University of Canberra, 1982. Public Administration and Policy

BEc (Hons). University of Tasmania, 1970. Awarded subject prizes in Pubic Administration I, II, and III


Director, Howard Partners Pty (also trading as Acton Institute for Policy Research and Innovation), 1998-2023.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation and Engagement, University of Canberra, 2008-2011.

Partner, Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand, 1988-1998.

Principal, John H Howard & Associates, 1984-1988.

Australian Advisory Council for Intergovernmental Relations and Government of Tasmania (Treasury), 1982-1983.

House of Representatives Committee Office, 1980-1982.

Commonwealth Government (Treasury, Finance, Urban Regional Development), 1972-1980.

University of Tasmania, Department of Political Science, 1970-1971

Student (full time), University of Tasmania 1967-1970.

Board Roles

Taree Universities Campus (Foundation Chair), 2018-19.

Great Lakes Education Fund (Country Education Foundation), 2011-2019.

Canberra Business Council, 2007-2011.

Capital Region Development Board, 2005-2007.

Canberra Yacht Club, Vice Commodore, 1977-1980.


Sailing - Derwent River Harbour Racing, Sydney Short Offshore, Owner—Gwen 12, Lightweight Sharpie, Flying 15,

Photography - Semi-professional—events, street. Sales on Adobe, Shutterstock.

Reading - In biography, public affairs, business innovation, and crime fiction.


Married, two sons.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities.

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