John Ryan
John RyanChief Executive Officer

John is a leader in public health and safety and the inaugural CEO of Penington Institute.

John actively works to promote sensible approaches to drug use in the community including with media and by providing expert advice including to governments.

He is a member of the Victorian Government’s Medically Supervised Injecting Room Review Panel, an innovative trial conducted in North Richmond.

Having previously worked as a university researcher, government policy-maker, and in frontline service delivery as a needle and syringe program worker, John is now President of London-based Harm Reduction International (HRI). HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation focused on reducing the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. In 2012, he received a Churchill Fellowship to study ways to enhance public health approaches to drug policy.