John Simpson’s career in the Australian energy sector saw him work with Shell Australia and Shell International over a period of more than 20 years. He was director of Corporate Affairs and senior corporate adviser to successive Shell CEOs. He became a Director of Shell Australia in 2002.

John was Deputy Chairman of the National Science and Technology Centre dedicated to the better communication of science. He has been a Director of some 12 organisations including Scotch College, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and food redistribution charity, SecondBite.

John is currently a Member of Council of Monash University, a Fellow of the Centre for Strategy & Governance and, as a trained journalist and broadcaster, is a contributor to The Australian and several online platforms including The Spectator and The Conversation.

He is committed to national efforts to improve communication of science and technology and the performance of STEM subjects in Australian schools.

"I am optimistic about the capacity of technology to address some of humankind’s most challenging problems which is why I enjoy my association with the Bionics Institute.   The Institute brings together some of the most talented researchers and technicians to tackle human health challenges.   The work of the Institute will matter more and more as we adapt to an ageing population, and the health issues associated with ageing."

- John Simpson