John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
John is the Chair of Melbourne Water, which manages and protects Melbourne’s water resources. He also chairs the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. He has previously been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, Chair of the Climate Group Ltd, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support for the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2013, John was named as one of one hundred Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express. His other awards include: 2015 “Planning Champion” award by the Planning Institute of Australia; 2016 Richard J Evans Award for Planning Excellence by Victorian Environment and Planning Law Association; 2016 Climate Alliance (Special Recognition) Business Leader of the Year Award.
John has provided extensive advice to the Australian, state and local governments on sustainable development issues and been appointed to many government advisory bodies. From 2012-2013, John was Chair of the National Sustainability Council, an independent Council appointed by the Australian Government, which produced the Sustainable Australia Report in 2013. He has conducted major reviews for the Victorian Government on the retail energy market and on combustible cladding on buildings.
In 2008-2010, John was a special adviser to the Timor-Leste Minister for Infrastructure and helped develop an Infrastructure Plan for Timor-Leste.
John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he held various Ministerial portfolios including Health, Planning, Environment, Water and was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne.
He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science from Monash University.