John Ryan (BA/LLB) has been the CEO of Anex, a program of Penington Institute, since 2000.
He was the first full time employee of the organisation and has driven its change agenda. This has included professionalising support for the Australian needle and syringe program sector and expanding the reach of the organisation to include pharmaceutical drug misuse and the promotion of a public health approach to substance use. In 2012 John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate a public health approach to recovery from addiction.
Before this, John worked on the front line of drug issues and BBV prevention as a needle and syringe program worker during the 1990s heroin flood, in university social research on methamphetamine and in government policy development for the Drug Policy Expert Committee.
John has been a member of a number of national and ministerially appointed committees and was also a volunteer board member of North Richmond Community Health Centre, West Heidelberg Legal Centre, VAADA (Victorian Drug and Alcohol Association) and VIVAIDS.