John Cleary is the Chief Executive Officer of Benhome Aged Care Facility in Maitland. He is also a Director of the TransTasman Research Oncology Group.
Previously John has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer of the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation, General Manager for the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, Chairman of the Anglican National Insurance Program, various senior Banking roles with two major Australian Banks and various Directorships.
John holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and a Master of Commerce from the University of New England. He is currently undertaking studies with the University of Tasmania in Dementia Care. He is a Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.
John has also completed Executive Not for Profit Leadership courses at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Kennedy School for Executive Education in Boston, Massachusetts.
John was widely recognised for his work supporting survivors of Child Sexual abuse, his whistleblowing and his evidence in Case Study 42 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016. John appeared on two episodes of ABC TV’s 7.30 Report in July 2016 for his role in speaking up and exposing institutional child sexual abuse cover-ups. His work was rewarded in 2017 when he received an Australia Day award of Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year and was a finalist in the Hunter Hero awards.
In his spare time John enjoys travel, following current affairs, Australian rules and rugby union as well as being a father to his two children – Hannah and Oliver.