Who is John Bishop?

John Bishop was, and is, a journalist. He has been, and still is, active in public relations, media training, business facilitation, and small business development. He is also a commentator, critic, and advocate of more prosperity for New Zealanders. He wants to help businesses and organisations communicate with their audiences better, and to improve their performance for customers, staff, owners and for the country.

He worked for Radio New Zealand News in the 1970s and in news and current affairs for Television New Zealand in the 1980s. He was a reporter on the original Close Up programme where Mark Sainsbury was one of the researchers. He was Chief Parliamentary Reporter in the mid 80s, and saw the fall of Sir Robert Muldoon and the rise and fall of the Lange government.

In 1987 he joined the Wellington PR firm Consultus, and later headed Ogilvy & Mather PR. He also worked for the New Zealand Tourism Board and the Electricity Corporation in corporate communications roles. He learnt about change management, organisational communications, and government relations.

In 1995 he set up his own business as a consultant working across a number of business areas. He had executive lease assignments with Telecom, the Fire Service, Victoria University, and KPMG, and worked on contract with the Ministry of Social Development, and in the ACT office in Parliament.

Since 2003 he has focused on speaking, training, writing, facilitating and PR consultancy.

He also writes speeches and works with Open Polytechnic's Communications courses.

He has a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Canterbury and Diplomas in Management from Henley College in the UK, and from the Institute of Corporate Managers in New Zealand.

He has run courses and workshops for Victoria and Massey Universities, and at Auckland University's Business School, taught in MBA Classes, and is a regular presenter and trainer for Conferenz, as well as providing private training courses.

He is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) from the International Association of Business Communicators in San Francisco, a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and an enthusiastic Rotarian. He currently chairs the PR Group for District 9940.

He is married with two adult children and happily lives in Wellington.