The Hon. John Fahey AC, President
On November 17, 2007, on the last day of the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport in Madrid, Spain, the Hon. John Fahey was elected as WADA’s President, representing Governments, by the WADA Foundation Board. His three-year term began on January 1, 2008.
In a distinguished career now spanning four decades, John Fahey has demonstrated leadership, commitment, integrity and dynamic energy at the highest level of Government, national sport, community and business. On Australia Day 2002, he was awarded his nation's highest award, the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC).
John Fahey was elected as a member of the Liberal Party to the New South Wales Parliament in 1984. In 1992, he was elected by his peers to lead the Government as Premier. He was also Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development until the Government changed in 1995. On being elected to the National Parliament in 1996 he was immediately appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Finance and Administration, a position he held until his voluntary retirement from Parliament nearly six years later.
In sport John Fahey chaired the committee responsible for the preparation, submission and presentation of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games bid. He attended a number of international sporting conferences and addressed the International Olympic Committee in Monte Carlo in 1993 where Sydney was awarded the 2000 Games. Since retiring from politics, John Fahey has chaired the Australian Rugby League Development Board which is responsible for the ongoing development of the major football code in New South Wales and Queensland with over 150,000 active players. He is patron of the highly successful national Rugby League club, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
He is Chairman of the Board of the Bradman Foundation which conducts cricket coaching clinics, awards scholarships for tertiary studies and operates one of the premier museums of cricket in the world. In his young adult days he was both a professional captain-coach and player in Rugby League.
In the earlier part of his career John Fahey was the senior partner in a small successful legal practice. He was also Vice-President of a regional Law Society. Since leaving politics he serves on a number of public company boards.
During the earlier part of his career John was active in Rotary International as a member and Secretary of the Camden Club. He chaired the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal in the Camden District. Since leaving Parliament he has contributed to a number of national and state not-for-profit organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australia-Ireland Fund, the Cancer Institute of New South Wales and the National Catholic Education Commission.
Name: John Joseph Fahey
Residence: Bowral, Australia
Marital Status: Married to Colleen (1968) 3 children
(1 deceased), 2 grandchildren
Career Chronology (abbreviated)
1964 – 1965 Player with Canterbury Bankstown Football Club
1966 – Player/Captain/Coach Camden Rams Football Club
1968 – 1971 Player/Captain/Coach Oakdale Workers Football Club
1976 – 1986 Senior Partner-John Fahey Searle and Co Solicitors and Attorneys
1975 – 1984 Office holder in various positions in Rugby League Football, including President of the Camden Club, Member of the Referees Appointment Board
1980 – 1983 President of the Camden State Electorate Council of the Liberal Party of Australia
1978 – 1985 Member, Board Member and Secretary of Rotary International – Camden Club
1980 – 1983 District Chairman of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
1984 – 1996 Member of the NSW Parliament for the districts of Camden and Southern Highlands
1985 – 1986 Shadow minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
1986 – 1988 Shadow minister for Industrial Relations & Employment
1988 – 1992 Minister for Industrial Relations & Employment
1988 – 1990 Minister Assisting the Premier
1988 Minister for Corrective Services
1990 – 1992 Minister for Further Education
1992 – 1995 Premier
1992 – 1993 Treasurer
1993 – 1995 Minister for Economic Development
1996 – 2001 Member of the Australian Parliament for the electorate of Macarthur
1996 – 2001 Minister for Finance and Administration
1997 – 2000 Australian Government representative at the World Economic Forum – Davos – Switzerland
2001 Co-Chairman Pacific Islands Finance Ministers
2001 Head of Australian Delegation at 4th Ministerial Conference – World Trade Organization - Doha Qatar
2001 – present Bradman Cricket Foundation – Board member and current Chairman
2002 – present J P Morgan – Australia - Senior Advisor
2002 – 2005 Board Member – Australia-Ireland Fund Ltd
2003 – 2005 Board Member – Cancer Institute of NSW
2002 – 2007 Board Member – Royal Flying Doctor Service Australian Council
2006 – present Commissioner – National Catholic Education Commission
2002 – present Chairman of the Board – Australian Rugby League Development Ltd
2005 – present Centenary of Rugby League Committee
2002 – present Patron/Director Men of League Foundation