Living life on purpose

My contribution as an executive in public affairs and integrated communication stems from my unique experience. 

This year I was chosen among thirty emerging executives in the 2022 Marketing Academy Scholarship. The program, run in the UK, the US, and Australia, provides mentoring and coaching by the country’s leading marketing and communication C Suite influencers.

In the first decade of the 2000s I was a broadcast reporter at the ABC and the Nine Network. I was the presenter of “Technology Behind Business” at Sky News.

Journalism established my career foundations because it was about getting to the truth. At the heart of every story is an emotional pendulum that swings between despair and delight.

In news, I saw the highs and lows among my many lead stories: the spectacle of André Rieu’s world tour in Australia; and reporting on the Pike River Mine disaster in New Zealand.

I never want to stop learning. I have a Masters of Arts in Organisational Communication.

I left journalism partly because I was excited by what social media would do for the democratisation of storytelling.

“Where next? We grow on the edge of our window of tolerance.”

Understanding the mechanics of a crisis meant I was the communication lead for the Service NSW email cyber incident in 2020. I developed a robust strategy designed to protect our customers and the organisation’s reputation. Yes, we put our customers first.

On a number of occasions, I’ve been asked to advise government agencies on the best tactics for handling communication for cyber incidents.

I’ve enjoyed ten years of strategic communication in NSW public sector roles. I lead integrated digital communication including social media strategy, video production, and internal channels for the NSW Department of Customer Service and Digital.

Where next? My passion is working with young leaders to help them make the most of their skills. My experience is enriched when shared with up and coming communication professionals. We grow on the edge of our window of tolerance.

May we all boldly take the space and make the choices that are our right in this one precious life.

More to the man

My childhood growing up in Sydney’s inner west is a treasured time of climbing the mulberry tree in our backyard with my brothers and sisters until it was too dark to see the red berry stains all over our hand-me-down clothes.

High school at Strathfield was a time of growth and change as I discovered that I was happier on the stage and performing while all the other boys hit the gym.

John Kerrison taking part in a race wearing running gear

A combination of interest in drama and social justice meant journalism was a logical career path for more than a decade.

It was a successful career with national and international reporting mixed with news reading.

Away from the office, I’m a portrait photographer and a long distance runner for the Queer club, Sydney Frontrunners.