John Godfrey has trained and provided consultancy to organizations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His qualifications include a BA in opera studies, an MSc in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration. He trained as an actor at the New Zealand Drama School.
He has worked in festival and theatre management in NZ, Australia and the UK – as Programme Director of Wellington’s Summer City; Administrator of the Unley Youth Theatre; General Manager of the Riverina Theatre Company; Corporate Affairs Manager of the Sydney Festival and, as General Manager of the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and Development Director for the Edinburgh International Festival.
As a fundraiser, John directed a £20M capital fundraising programme for an Edinburgh University medical research institute and a £5M capital fundraising programme for a business school at Napier University, Edinburgh. Subsequently he has provided consulting and interim management support to a wide range of clients such as the National Library of Scotland, Heriot Watt University, Stirling University, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Saudi Arabia), Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Visiting Arts (London), Queensland University of Technology and University of Technology, Sydney.