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Leadership Team

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer

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

He actively works to promote sensible approaches to drug use in the community.

John has held numerous non-executive director roles in policy, legal and health related organisations in Australia and internationally. He has also worked as a university researcher, government policymaker, and in frontline service delivery as a needle and syringe program worker.

John has provided non-partisan advice to state and federal governments and was until early 2023 the Chair of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room Review Panel, appointed by the Victorian Government.

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.

John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer

John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer

Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor Suzanne Cory AC

Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Professor Ian Gust AO

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO

Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Professor David Penington AC (dec.)

Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA

Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)

Carmel Arthur OAM

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris MBBS, FAChAM, PhD

Scott Wilson

Vern White

Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO

Mick Palmer AO APM

Carmel Arthur (Chair)

Shobhana Chetty BSc, M.Acct

Joe Flinn BAcc, CA

Bruce Lanyon B Bus, MBA, FCA, SF Fin

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer

Brian Scammell
Manager, Corporate Services

Amy Herbert
Director of Policy and Practice

Anna Northey
Director of Strategic Communications

Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor Suzanne Cory AC

Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Professor Ian Gust

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO

Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Professor David Penington AC (dec.)

Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA

Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)

Carmel Arthur OAM

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris MBBS, FAChAM, PhD

Scott Wilson

Vern White

Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO

Mick Palmer AO APM

Carmel Arthur (Chair)

Shobhana Chetty BSc, M.Acct

Joe Flinn BAcc, CA

Bruce Lanyon B Bus, MBA, FCA, SF Fin

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer

Amy Herbert
Director of Policy and Practice

Brian Scammell
Manager, Corporate Services