John HC Colvin
Company director, CEO & managing director
John Colvin was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2008 and retired on 16 January 2015.
He was the inaugural Chairman of the Global Network of Directors Institutes (GNDI), a body representing the institutes of directors around the world from 12 December 2012 to December 2014.
Prior to joining the Australian Institute of Company Directors, John was the Head of the Sydney office of Freehills now Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and the founding partner of the firms’ Sydney Employee Relations practice. John was also International Partner and on the Board. At HSF, John was well known for his work with chairmen, boards and executives on employee relations issues and corporate governance. He also had extensive experience at HSF in structuring, drafting and negotiating executive remuneration agreements.
John is a former director and chairman of CanAssist and is now its Patron. He was a non-executive director of Sydney Water and Chairman of Australian Water Technologies (subsidiary of Sydney Water) and a director of Colvin Wines. He took leave from HSF in 1995 to become an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in the University of New South Wales, and also taught part-time at Sydney University’s Law School.
John has lectured in Australia and overseas and written extensively on corporate governance and director issues including being a joint author of “Executive Appointments and Disappointments” which was published in 2013. John has recently written on the “Governance of Government.”
John holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University, a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Arts (Law) from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.