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John Shepherd AM was CEO of Operation Flinders Foundation, (a not-for-profit charity which runs programs for young offenders and young people at risk), for 18 years.
Prior to this time he was the inaugural Chairman of the Foundation having set it up in 1993 to support the work of the Founder, Ms Pam Murray-White. Ms Murray-White passed away in 1995 and John was subsequently appointed CEO in May of 1996. He built the foundation from a small organisation with an income of $38k in 1994-5 to a projected income of $1.5m in the year 2014-15. It grew to be a world leading provider of wilderness programs for young offenders and young people at risk. John not only built the reputation and image of the organisation but had over 600 people volunteering to support the work of the Foundation in various roles. During his term as CEO he coordinated the purchase of Yankaninna Station, in the far north Flinders Ranges, proving a home base for the Foundation and successfully negotiated a three year contract with the Northern Territory Government to run the program there.
During his 18 years as Foundation CEO he developed a range of sponsors including BHP Billiton, Simply Energy, GDF Suez, SA Power Networks and the AFL football club, the Adelaide Crows. He also successfully negotiated ongoing service contracts with the South Australian Government which ran for 18 years. Prior to his role at Operation Flinders Foundation John was Executive Director of the SA Great Campaign, a South Australian promotional campaign with 750 corporate members and prior to this served with the SA Police Department for 25 years. Personal qualities ...
John is a pragmatic and visionary leader able to motivate and encourage those with whom he works to share his vision.
John’s ability to develop positive working relationships through effective communication and collaboration with a wide range of people including politicians, the judiciary, corporate leaders, senior bureaucrats, staff and volunteers gives him a unique capacity to develop relationships with them all.
John enjoys building organisations to enhance their ability to grow and mature, reflecting clearly the vision of the organisation at the same time as capturing the essence of all stakeholders involved in the organisation. His capacity to have all share his vision is exemplified by the 600 volunteers he had working with him in the Operation Flinders Foundation.
In 2006 John was made a Member of the Order or Australia (AM) in recognition of his work with young offenders and young people at risk.
John’s recognition as the Ernst and Young, Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Region of Australia for the year 2011 indicates his capacity to ‘think outside the square’. His innovations in growing and developing the Operation Flinders program ensured that it was recognised nationally as a leader in providing outdoor wilderness programs in Australia. The Northern Territory Government’s selection of the Operation Flinders program after a comprehensive Australian and New Zealand wide search to provide a wilderness program in that Territory, validated the continual improvement of the program which John led. John is a clear and effective communicator with the ability to grasp and interpret ideas and concepts and to develop and progress them to their successful fruition.
John has had over thirty years’ experience working with Not for Profit Boards and committees. John has served as Chairman of a number of Not for Profit Boards including Siblings Australia, the Advance Australia Foundation, The S.A. Country Fire Service Training and Research Foundation and the SA Branch of International Police Association.
He also served as a company director for a national company for five years.
John Shepherd, as the Principal Consultant, can offer advice on the development of programs to assist people to grow and develop. During his time with Operation Flinders as well as developing programs for young offenders and young people at risk he also successfully developed programs for long term unemployed, Vietnam Veterans, young people with disabilities, young people involved in the National Youth Science Forum, people training to work in the mining sector, and corporate clients.
As well as establishing Operation Flinders John also established Siblings Australia and so has extensive experience in developing and structuring an organisation to reflect the concept of those promoting or developing it. His track record of fund raising and sponsorship, as reflected by the success of the organisations he has headed, gives him the ability to provide advice based on detailed situation analysis to clearly reflect the objective/s of the organisation and then put in place the resources to achieve the outcome. His advice is provided in the context of practicality, feasibility and cost of implementation. John’s success as a fund raiser was also achieved by his ability to bring both the sponsor/funder and the organisation together to ensure that both benefitted from the venture. The success of the development of a concept is highly reliant on the ability to select the right people to carry the project. John’s leadership and success can be attributed to his capacity to ensure that the people selected to undertake any mission are the best and most suited for the role. His capacity to identify the ‘right person for the job’ and then develop them in the role has benefitted the organisations he has worked with and also helped those in the organisation to grow as employees. He can provide independent advice and recommendations in the selection of key personnel in both the not for profit and corporate structure.
John has also planned, developed, promoted and organised major events including the SA Proclamation Day Concert with over 30,000 attendees, the Australia Day Ball for 600 guests, the SA Great Awards night with 800 guests and more recently the Operation Flinders Challenge a team endurance event with over 1200 competitors. He served for eight years as Senior Event Planning Officer with the SA Police arranging and coordinating resources for all major events in South Australia.
John was Chief Editor for the Great State Magazine with a two monthly distribution of 180,000 copies whilst employed with the SA Great Campaign now known as Brand SA. The magazine won a SA Tourism Award for its promotion of the State. Other consultants ...
John has a wide range of colleagues who can provide support in the development of programs, program development and evaluation as well as advice and guidance in working with indigenous matters.


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