Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
John has been in the legal profession for over three decades and is now based in Sydney after stints in London and Hong Kong.
He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2008. After a process of self-realisation and education, John now leads a fulfilling life in and out of the office with the ongoing support of his medical advisors, family and friends and the management, partners and staff of KWM.
As a member of the KWM leadership team implementing the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Guidelines John meets with groups across the firm’s offices to discuss the guidelines and make recommendations on what KWM needs to do to establish the best practice benchmark.
Having experienced the pain of suicide, John and his family have decided to take a stand against the stigma associated with mental illness and are advocates of improving understanding and awareness through community education programs.
John passionately believes that all sufferers, carers and anyone else touched by mental illness must be able talk openly and be treated without fear or prejudice, which will ultimately save lives.
He has a “talk anytime, anywhere” approach to any discussion on mental health and his personal story and regularly presents to, and swaps ideas with, clients, other law firms and industry bodies. John also actively pursues and discusses mental health initiatives with schools and organisations such as SANE.
As a presenter for the Black Dog Institute community education programs John has developed a unique understanding and insight into his own illness. John has 3 kids and loves the ocean, cooking, hanging out and doing anything involving his kids.