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John Snelson

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Things aren't always as they may appear to be, are they ?

John Snelson, that's me - my first job at 18 years old was with The Ministry of Defence at The Royal Ordinance Factory in Patricroft where I qualified as a professional accountant with the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants, now the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. After nearly 6 years with the MoD as an Executive Officer, aged 25 I moved to London to be part of the emerging computer industry and took a position as a Systems Analyst and programmer with ICL (International Computers Limited) in London.

After 3 years with ICL in London, I emigrated to Australia as an adventure with no job and not a care in the world - but was soon back doing what I loved, working in an industrial environment on computerised manufacturing and financial systems. I started with CableMakers Australia and then spent 6 years with Comalco / CRA / Rio Tinto becoming Corporate Systems Manager across Australia, with responsibilities at the bauxite mine in Weipa, the alumina plant in Gladstone, the smelters in Bell Bay, Tasmania and New Zealand, the rolling mills and extrusions plants around Australia and the commercial outlets and Corporate systems and practices. In 1979, with 15 years experience in information systems, industrial environments and management accounting, I joined Ernst & Whinney (E&W)'s consulting business as a Senior Consultant and became a Partner in 1984; appointed National Director of the Performance Improvement Division, becoming Managing Partner of the Sydney Management Consulting practice before the merger with Arthur Young.

I worked for most my career at E&W with blue-chip companies, such as Bank of America, Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola, Readers' Digest and Time Warner.

As Government's progressively strove to make their utilities and services more business-like and accountable, I played a role in financial and strategic aspects of the development of State Owned Corporations on various countries and jurisdictions and the commercialisation, corporatisation and privatisation programs in rail, gas, electricity transmission and distribution, telecommunications, postal services, environment and planning, land management, ferries, water catchment, processing and distribution, mines and grain handling.

The merger with Arthur Young & Co in 1989 created opportunities with the new Ernst & Young. I managed the Performance Improvement Division as the business lurched towards a more IT focused enterprise away from traditional consulting. I was asked to lead the Manufacturing arm of the consulting division before taking on the Oracle service line responsibilities.

Somewhat sadly, EY Management Consulting was sold to the international consulting colossus, Cap Gemini in May 2000 so I decided to retire, stay with EY and recommenced the following Monday as a contractor with the grand title of Ernst & Young Executive Consultant, and so I remained in full demand with EY for the next 7 years until finally retiring altogether in 2007 at the completion of the assignment in India (see below).

To stay with EY is one of the best decisions I have ever made - and I was so glad that I had another life of 7 years making a contribution with EY. It worked so well for both of EY and me - and I ended up carrying out some really interesting and valuable assignments for the clients, for EY and for myself.

In 2001 - 2002 I worked as a special consultant with EY on the privatisation of FreightCorp, a freight rail business.

Overseas, in 2002, I provided the financial input into an assignment as Accounting Team Leader on a special project for The Asian Development Bank as special advisor on the costing and pricing of Community Service Obligations.

For three years (2003 - 2005) I was apponted Chief Executive of a charity, following a lead from a senior EY partner.

I worked in New Delhi, India leading a team for the World Bank as Project Director Accounting Reforms (Indian Railways) from 2006 - 2007.

Meanwhile, as a private initiative, in 2001, I conceived the idea of opening a new bank in my community and led the team behind the establishment of a local Community Bank in Turramurra. I chaired the steering and development committees (I am still the incorporated company's #1 shareholder). I was the first Chairman of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Pty Ltd which operates two branches of the bank. I chaired the Company's first meeting in 2003 but stood down so as to take on my consulting responsibilities overseas.

I remained a member of the Board as Finance Director for many years to ensure the path to profitability matched my original vision for the Community Bank.

I have been involved at a Board level or as the Director, Convenor, Designer or Co-ordinator with the following entities ...

• Director - Southern Cross Connect Pty Limited (Internet Service Provider
• Director - Southern Cross Genealogy (Family History Services);
• Inaugural President - The Rotary Club of Darling Harbour
• Director - The ClaimRoom Pty Limited (Online Dispute Resolution);
• Director - Councillor - The Society of Genealogists (Historical Society)
• Founder and Convenor - The Dead Persons Society Sydney
• Director – Traction Management Services Pty Limited,
• Director - The Royal Exchange (Private Business Club);
• Chairman - Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Ltd (Community Bank);
• Chairman - 2HHHfm 100.1 Radio Station;
• Director and Editor - Get Shot Magazine;
• Presenter - Get Shot Radio, streaming live around the world every Monday night at 8-00pm;
• Chairman - 2NSBfm 93.1 Radio Station;
• Vice President - Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai Rural Fire Service Communications Brigade;
• Director and Editor - Get Shot Magazine; and
• Secretary – Wondakiah Stage 3 – SP 60590 Strata Scheme.

On Tuesday 2nd October, 2007 I was presented with the National Community Award by The Minister for Defence the on behalf of the Prime Minister the RH John Howard, being a Certificate of Appreciation "for outstanding service, contribution and dedication to the community".

In 2011, I launched Get Shot Magazine - to give aspiring journalists an outlet for their work, returning nostalgically to those heady days when he was a Member of The Cavern Club '61-'63, where I saw The Beatles perform more than 50 or so times when they were just a great covers band, in the days of Pete Best, long before Ringo, Brian Epstein, before they ever wrote a song or made a record. Magic days indeed.

Liverpool Institute High School - March 1960
Liverpool Institute High School - March 1960

Here's Paul, George and er, me - I am sitting on the end, 2nd row up on the left as you look at the image. McCartney is unmistakable, standing up towards the back on the right of the photo, as is George Harrison. Can you spot them ?

I often queued up for an all-night session outside the Cavern in Mathew Street, see below. That looks like me in the duffle coat, winkle pickers, drainpipes and scruffy haircut. Oh yeah, oh yeah, they all look like that don't they.

You won't be surprised but you may be pleased to learn that I am still the one in some old, rather shabby coat, with the Che Guevara badge or Lakeland Green anorak from Muskoka, possibly Converse sneekers, old jeans and rather unkempt haircut. Things haven't changed too much - apart from the addition of the inevitable Leica and Nikon cameras bulging from the pockets and inside the jacket.

Cavern Club - Mathew Street Liverpool - Queue for The Beatles All Night Session 1962 Photo by Astrid Kirschner
Cavern Club - Mathew Street Liverpool - Queue for The Beatles All Night Session 1962 Photo by Astrid Kirschner

In 2013, I was enticed to start a radio program, Get Shot Radio, to complement Get Shot Magazine.

In my spare time, I took up genealogy as a hobby in 1970, and have been looking in vain for treasure, nobility, deeds of daring, adventure, achievement, fortune and royalty in his lineage but alas have only found a family of bogans, derros, \ agricultural labourers and rustic clods. I compiled and maintain the global Snelson DataBase & Index.
Professional Qualifications:-

FCMA Fellow Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
CGMA Chartered Global Management Accountant
CPA Member Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants