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John Watkins AM joins Board of Parkinson’s NSW

John Watkins AM joins Board of Parkinson’s NSW

Former Deputy Premier of NSW John Watkins, AM – who is living with Parkinson’s – has been appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW.

“John is highly respected in both the political and not-for-profit spheres,” said Margaret Scott, President of Parkinson’s NSW.

“His career in the NSW State Government spanned six Ministerial portfolios and culminated in his appointment as Deputy Premier in 2005. Following his retirement from politics, he became CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW for nine years and subsequently held an extensive range of non-executive director roles on the Boards of not-for-profit healthcare and international aid organisations.”

“John’s expertise will be invaluable to the Board in advocacy, as well as health and aged care policy and planning,” said Margaret.

In 2015, John was announced as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his significant service to the community through leadership in health, education, and the Parliament of NSW.

John also was an Australia Day Ambassador from 2011 to 2017 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Macquarie University for his services to the community.

His previous not-for-profit Board experience includes:

  • Chair of the Board of the Little Company of Mary Health Care Ltd (Calvary Health) which is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit healthcare providers, responsible of over 20 public and private hospitals, aged care institutions and extensive community care services
  • Chair of the Catholic Health Australia Board, which represents all Catholic hospitals and aged care providers in Australia
  • Member of the Council of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
  • Governing Council of Neurological Research Australia (NeuRA)