Our Seminar Leader I – retired in 2016 from a long career with a large electricity distribution company in Sydney and Newcastle areas, Australia where he held many positions in the substation and protection fields, and most recently as Engineering Policy Development Manager. He is a recognised expert in power system protection and a practicing protection engineer, and has been awarded an OAM for his services to Electrical Engineering in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honours list
His career of over 50 years includes all aspects of substation work, particularly protection work, including field operations, engineering, design, construction and commissioning, specification and procurement, protection planning, incident forensic investigation, etc.
It includes work in the many related areas of switchgear, substation design, high voltage engineering, EMF, control schemes, testing, construction and maintenance. John is and has been a member of a number of standards committees, Industry committees, and Australian Standards committees: EL 7 High Voltage Switchgear, EL 7/5 High Voltage Fuses, EL 43 Substations and HV installations, EL 8/8 HV Bushings, EL 23/02 Protection in Mines and Quarries, EL 24 Lightning Protection, and is a former member of Standards committees on CTs and VTs, and a former member of ENA and ESAA working groups on Earthing and Induced Voltages, and Substation Fire Protection.
He is also a former member of CIGRE Australian Panels AP B3 Substations, and AP B5 Protection and Control. He has lectured for the past 30 years at universities in Protection at post graduate level. He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW, and has post graduate Certificates in Protection Engineering, Electrical Equipment design, and High Voltage Engineering and Testing..