PSM, Post-career PhD candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Jon was one of the Directors at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for 16 years (1998-2014); now completing a part-time, post career PhD at the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville.

He had 39 years of professional experience as a protected area planner and manager, 28 years of which were involved in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Between 1998-2003, Jon was the Director responsible for commencing and coordinating the Representative Areas Program (RAP), the major rezoning program undertaken for the entire Great Barrier Reef. For his efforts with RAP, Jon was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) and a Smithsonian-Queensland Fellowship.

Jon has been heavily involved in World Heritage matters since 1999; between 2007-11 he was one of Australia's three formal appointees to serve on the World Heritage Committee.

Jon has 80+ peer-reviewed publications including being primary author of 14 book chapters or books (including the 'Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas').


  • 2014–present
    PhD candidate, James Cook University
  • 1998–2014
    Director (of various sections), GBRMPA
  • 1990–1997
    Regional Manager/Area Manager, QPWS
  • 1986–1990
    Park Management Officer/Planner, GBRMPA
  • 1984–1985
    Senior Planner, Victorian National Parks Service
  • 1980–1984
    Park Ranger, Kakadu NP, NT
  • 1975–1979
    Investigations Officer/Research Officer, Vic NPS/Land Conservation Council


  • 1975 
    UNE, B. Nat Res (Hons)

Professional Memberships



(Australian) Public Service Medal (PSM)