John Simpson (lobbyist)

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{{#badges: CoalVictoria|Navbar-Victoriaandcoal}}John Simpson is a director and co-owner of Simpson Paterson, a small Victorian lobbying firm.[1]

A biographical note states that Simpson was "a Director of Shell Australia Limited (appointed in 2002) and a Director of Shell Energy Holdings (Australia) Limited (appointed in 2003). During his career at Shell, John worked for Shell International based in London for a number of years in the mid-1990s, before returning to Australia to several National and Asia Pacific accountabilities."[2]


A biographical note from 2008[2]states that Simpson was:

  • Chairman, Commonwealth Review into The National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon) 2008,
  • Member of the Advisory Council, The National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon)
  • Director of Scotch College (Melbourne),
  • Director of the food distribution charity ‐ SecondBite,
  • Director/Trustee of the H.V.McKay Charitable Trust
  • State Advisory Board Member CEDA (Vic)

Company clients

Simpson Paterson is registered in Victoria as the lobbyist for Exergen, a small company wanting an allocation of coal from the Victorian Liberal government led by Dennis Napthine. As of July 10, 2013 the firm also listed Sinclair Brook, H V McKay, SecondBite and Coles (Property Group) as clients.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. "Simpson Paterson", Public Sector Standards Commissioner, accessed August 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Leadership Breakfast Series: Managing Reputation in a Hostile Environment", Public Relations Institute of Australia, September 2008.
  3. "Simpson Paterson", Public Sector Standards Commissioner, accessed August 2013.

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