John M. Green

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John M. Green (Australian author) (born 1953)[1] is an Australian thriller writer, publisher and company director. He is a former executive director of an investment bank and was a partner of two law firms.[1][2][3] Previously a director of publisher UNSW Press, he co-founded Pantera Press, which published his first novel Nowhere Man.[4] Green has also written for publications such as The Australian Financial Review and The Australian. As a company director, he is Deputy Chairman of QBE Insurance[5] and a Councillor of the National Library of Australia.[6]

Green lives in Sydney.[1] His wife, Jenny Green, is a sculptor.[7]

In 2016, both Green and his wife were awarded UNSW Alumni Achievement Awards for their contributions to Arts and Culture.[8]


Pantera Press[edit]

Green co-founded award-winning book publisher Pantera Press in 2008 with his daughter Alison Green. Pantera released its first titles in 2010 and has published authors such as Sulari Gentill.[17] It has partnered with several charities and organizations, and was a finalist for the Small Publisher of the Year award through the Australian Publishers Association in 2013.[18] Alison Green was recognized in 2016 in the Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards for Pantera Press's cross-pollination between business and social good.[19]


Green is a philanthropist in the arts and education[20][21] including through Pantera Press.[22] When a lawyer, he also did pro bono legal work at Redfern Legal Centre.

He has also been a director of the Macquarie Group Foundation, the General Sir John Monash Foundation, the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Asthma NSW and other philanthropic and service organisations.

Corporate career[edit]

Green is currently Deputy Board Chairman of global insurance firm, QBE Insurance, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee, and a director of publisher, Pantera Press. He was a board member of global professional services firm WorleyParsons and of book publisher UNSW Press, a Council Member of the National Library of Australia, and a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. His executive career was as an investment banker, an executive director at Macquarie Group and, before that, as a partner in two law firms now known as Ashurst LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills. The bio in his novel, "The Tao Deception" states he is (or at that time (2016) was) a board member of the Australian Centre for Independent Studies, a Libertarian think tank.

Student life[edit]

In 1974, Green was elected full-time president of the University of New South Wales Student Union (now Arc @ UNSW Limited). He was also a Member of the University of New South Wales Council, a president of the UNSW Jazz Society and a vice-president of the UNSW Law Society. At Canterbury Boys' High School, Green was editor of the student newspaper, Graffiti, and was a promoter and booking agent for pop and rock bands.


  1. ^ a b c NLA|000049782718. National Library of Australia authority record. Retrieved 2013-12-23. See field 670 and others.
  2. ^ Harradine, Natasha (3 July 2010). "Big Interview with author John M.Green". ABC Perth. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview: John M Green". 4BC 1116, Nights with Walter Williams. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ Boland, Warren (3 March 2013). "Interview: John M. Green". ABC, Weekends with Warren Boland. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Group Board | QBE.COM". Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Library Council Member John M Green | National Library of Australia". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
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  9. ^ Mares, Peter (29 June 2010). "Getting published". ABC RN Show. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  10. ^ "ABC".
  11. ^ "Weekend Bookworm: Born to Run". ABC Brisbane. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  12. ^ "The Australian". 17 September 2011.
  13. ^ Dobbin, Winsor (7 April 2013). "Sydney Morning Herald".
  14. ^ Minshull, Rob (28 March 2013). "Weekend Bookworm: The Trusted". Weekends with Warren Boland (ABC). Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  15. ^ Gocs, Danny (10 April 2013). "World of cyberterrorism". Australian Jewish News. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
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  17. ^ "Hot off the Pantera Press". Australian Jewish News. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  18. ^ "013 ABIA finalists announced". Books and Publisher. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
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  20. ^ "The Australian". 19 September 2011.
  21. ^ z3294955 (13 May 2016). "UNSW Law congratulates John and Jenny Green on receiving the esteemed UNSW Alumni Award". UNSW Law. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Good Books Doing Good Things for Children's Literacy | Pantera Press". Retrieved 16 May 2016.

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