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John O'Callaghan

Consultant
Bachelor of Arts (ANU)
Email: John.O’Callaghan@fal-lawyers.com.au

John (Johnno) O'Callaghan has over 30 years experience in senior public and private sector roles.

Prior to joining Francis Abourizk Lightowlers as a consultant, he was Executive Director of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council. Membership of the Defence Council includes the CEOs of Australia's leading defence industry companies.  The Defence Council is the leading organisation representing the interests of defence industry. He chaired the Defence Council's Contracting Working Group focussed on improving defence capital procurement with attention to intellectual property, liability, insurance and reducing red tape.

Prior to joining the Ai Group, Johnno was the Government Relations Manager for Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia) and the Corporate Affairs Manager at Bonlac Foods (now Fonterra).

Johnno's extensive public sector roles have included as Assistant Secretary, Major Capital Procurement in the Department of Defence. He served as a Senior Adviser to former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Kim Beazley AC.  Johnno also performed the role of Senior Parliamentary Adviser to Kim Beazley's Leader of the House of Representatives role.

Johnno's academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (ANU) and a Certificate of Management (Canberra TAFE).