Hon. John Watkins AM
The Hon. John Watkins AM is Chair of the Little Company of Mary Health Care Board, a position he has held since November 2008. John was recently appointed to the position of Board Director of Catholic Health Australia; is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University; and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney.
John was most recently the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW from 2008 until he stepped down in November 2017. He has played an important role in some of the major ageing and dementia challenges facing our community.
John worked as a teacher for 16 years until his election to Parliament in 1995, where he served for 13 years. He served for 10 years as a Minister, including on the portfolios of Fair Trading; Sport and Recreation; Police and Corrective Services; Transport; Finance; State Development; and Education and Training. John was Deputy Premier when he retired in 2008.
Subsequently, he has served as Chancellor of the University of New England in 2013 and 2014. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015 for significant service to the community through leadership positions with health organisations, to tertiary education, and to the Parliament of NSW.