Virtus Corporate Solutions


The vision belongs to our clients – we just bring together the plan, tools and strategy to make it happen. Don’t just take it from us; hear how others describe the impact we’ve made.

John has been an outstanding leader during his two years with us, guiding us through the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) landscape and contributing significantly to the development of best practice in regulatory compliance. Thank you John for your leadership and commitment. I hope you leave very proud of what you have achieved and the legacy you leave.

Chief Customer Officer, Disability Sector

First, I want to thank you for standing up so strongly for the victims of paedophiles. This was not in your job description but you didn’t turn away from the vulnerable who were suffering from the evil inflicted upon them – and I applaud you for this. I was sorry to listen to the death threats you received as a consequence. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to receive genuine threats against your life. The impact on you as a father with a wife and children at home must have been very difficult to deal with.

It is a privilege to work with you John – your ability to put conviction over comfort is something I admire.

Advocacy Manager, Disability Sector

There could be no better person to work with when an entity seeks cultural reform, as John has ‘walked the walk’ in every way.

Whether the improvement required is small and incremental or major and immediate, John’s approach is one of encouragement and guidance, providing you with the appropriate advice, knowledge and tools to make the changes necessary to transform your organisation.

His mind is astute, he quickly diagnoses the issues which need attention, and he has the courage and willpower to drive change. He exercises real leadership in driving the restructure of people and resources.

He recognises when there is a need for further resources to be brought in for the good of the organisation and to bring about real and lasting cultural and structural reform.

I have seen first-hand how John worked in an entity (the church) which had major issues of child sexual abuse over decades. As CEO, he was largely responsible for leading major change from within. For this he was attacked in numerous ways, yet his character and integrity shone through, and he held firm to see reform come about. You will not find a person of greater integrity to help any organisation change for the good.

Peter Laurence OAM
Chief Executive Officer, Anglican Schools Commission

John solves many problems and challenges by overlaying process with strategy. He builds from the ground up, delivering good governance and processes with operations whilst working on and utilising the business strategy to move forward. Getting the building blocks correct then ensure the business can grow and is sustainable into the future.

I have seen spectacular results in growth and structural rigour in the organisations John has been a part of or adviser to. He has also worked on significant cultural challenges, with real positive outcomes.

Johns approach is almost “stealth” like. I have always been impressed by his ability to engage staff to embrace change and work with him, his personality is such that he is not confrontational, meaning better results long term and corporate stability. Where needed though John can – and will – lead from the front.

John acts with the utmost integrity, acts in the best interests of the client, and is incredibly professional in all his dealings.

Alison Perrott
Senior Adviser, Investments & Portfolio Strategy, Ord Minnett

John has a unique ability to think outside the box using his substantial business and accounting background, providing unique solutions to lead change management and cultural change.

Through significant financial difficulties, John provided leadership and assistance with solutions and decisions that saw the school move from a large deficit to become a profitable organisation.

John is one of the most honest and strongest people that I know. His leadership through both financial and integrity issues during his previous roles is testimony to this. His resolve to ensure that issues were resolved and that people were held to account has won him the respect and admiration of his peers.

Michael Evans
Former Chairperson, Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College

John in an experienced Not For Profit Chief Executive Officer.

John managed an operating budget in excess of $7M and assets in excess of $27M. He also guided the Board through the sale of business process, including assisting with the preparation of an Information Memorandum, the due diligence process, media relations and complex staff negotiations.
John wrote and implemented numerous whole-of-sites policies, including a Related Party policy and a Whistle-blower policy and procedure.

Robert Geoghegan
Chairman, Maitland Benevolent Society Limited

John takes the time to ensure he fully understands problems presented to him by asking questions and undertaking his own investigations and research. His thoroughness ensures he always achieves excellent results.

John supported me during difficult times by listening to my concerns and offering guidance and advice – giving me the support and backing to fulfil my role successfully. This support and advice gave me the confidence to make decisions and achieve positive results – in this role and in assignments since then.

John is an excellent listener – he allows others to speak first and listens with patience, empathy and understanding. His quiet, considered responses help to calm difficult situations.

Anita Fowler
Senior Finance Officer, Maitland Benevolent Society Ltd

John is a true professional. He is meticulous and thorough in his work, with a friendly, warm and open demeanour. He empowers those around him to be the best version of themselves within the workplace, providing mentoring and support to those who need it.

John dealt with multiple instances of complaints from staff and volunteers regarding a select few members of staff who were behaving in a bullying manner. I liked the way that John conducted the investigative process. He treated all parties concerned with respect and professionalism at all times during the process. He offered external and impartial support to both parties, should they require it, whilst maintaining confidentiality.

He ensured the process was thorough and brought it to a quick conclusion.

Aleisha Taylor
Director of Corporate Services, Maitland Benevolent Society Ltd

It was great to see a leader that was so decisive and also with such a human touch for all staff.

I have learnt so much from you and have appreciated your advice and feedback. I was so grateful for your faith in me to do my job and the fact I didn’t need to be micromanaged.

You have really moved this place into the here and now.

Aged Care Manager, Maitland NSW

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