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John Burns, BE (Melb.), MBA (McGill), FAusIMM


Managing Director, Management Learning Pty Ltd             
Director, Belbin Australia Pty Ltd.


John's engineering degree in Metallurgy was from the University of Melbourne and he gained his MBA from McGill University, Montreal.  He is managing director of Management Learning Pty Limited, management development consultants and a director of Belbin Australia Pty Limited.  From 1985 to 1989 he was chief executive officer of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

John Burns


Previously he was director of studies at the Australian Administrative Staff College (now the Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education University of Melbourne Business School) where he was a member of the directing staff from 1972 - 1985.  From 1992 to 1995 he worked with staff from that organisation as associate professor at the China Australia Management Centre, Beijing, China.    During eleven trips to China he has presented seminars on leadership, team and personal effectiveness in the rapidly changing Chinese business culture.


He spent ten years in the aluminium industry in production, IT, systems and marketing.  He has taught in the UK at Templeton College Oxford and at The Henley Management College. He has been associated with the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program in Australia since 1989 and at Templeton College in 1990.


Since 1977 John has worked closely with Dr R M Belbin the originator of Team Roles and Interplace, an internationally accepted computer-based human resource advice system.    In consulting in this field, he has counselled line managers and their advisers on the effectiveness of organisational relationships, change, teams and the match of people to jobs.


He has consulted extensively in the area of organisational behaviour and group techniques in both the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.  He has provided strategic and organisational development advice and mentoring to a large number of chief executives and senior managers particularly through his role as chairman of group 16 of the Executive Connection (TEC) for 17 years.


His current interests are:

  • mentoring leaders towards futures and strategies that work
  • team-based organisations and team effectiveness
  • matching people to jobs
  • change in command structures and professional organisations
  • senior management and professional development
  • motivation and effectiveness in mid-career
  • managerial work, and organisational culture audits and change management.