John W.H. DENTON AO
John W.H. Denton AO is a Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.
A global leader in three arenas; a legal expert in the areas of government, workplace relations, and international trade and investment; a national business leader and an international adviser on global policy. His advice is sought by the nation’s most prominent corporations and by governments and international bodies alike.
John is Chair of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce; Board member of Asialink and The Australian Ballet; Chairman (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia and a founding member of the Australia China CEO Roundtable meetings.
In June 2016, John was named as First Vice-Chairman of Paris based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is also a member of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group, the primary body for establishing the direction of business input within the G20; He was one of two originating members of the B20, the business reference group of the G20 and a Member of the Australian B20 Leadership Group.
A key member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper, John was also on the Government’s Cabinet sub-committee for the White Paper review process published in October 2012. He later became a member of the Strategic Advisory Board advising the Government on implementation and emerging policy issues.
John was a government appointed panel member of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness and has been Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia for more than a decade. He is a former diplomat, has a double degree in Arts and Law, and is a Harvard Business School alumnus.