Hon John Sharp AM

John Sharp

John Sharp AM has a farming and business background. His political career commenced in 1980 at the age of 25 when he was elected to the Young Shire Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Federal Parliament as the National Party member for Gilmore. Following redistribution in 1993, he represented the seat of Hume. Mr Sharp served 14 years in the Federal Parliament, and from 1987 to the end of 1997 was a member of the Coalition's front bench as Shadow Minister and then Minister for Transport and Regional Development. He served as Federal Treasurer of the National Party from 2000-15.

During his parliamentary career, Mr Sharp became well known and respected for his role in promoting aviation safety and was responsible for numerous reforms, including a complete rewrite of the aviation regulations. He was also responsible for the reform of Australia's railways, creating the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

From 2001-15, Mr Sharp served as director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific. He was a director of Skytraders, operating aircraft for the Australian Antarctic Division, from 2005-13 and the French / Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Sharp is also involved in a number of voluntary organisations and is a former Co-Chair of the Cancer Council of NSW, Southern Highlands Branch. He was chairman of the Winifred West Schools Foundation from 2001-2008.

Mr Sharp was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for significant service to the people and Parliament of Australia, to the aviation industry, and to the community.

Current interests

  • Founder and Director, Thenford Consulting
  • Deputy Chairman, Regional Express (Rex)
  • Chairman of Pel Air 
  • Director, Luerssen Australia
  • Director, Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group
  • Member, Climate Change Authority
  • Trustee and Board Member, John McEwen House
  • Member of the University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board
  • Director, Tudor House Foundation

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