Neil Conn

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The Honourable
Neil Conn
Lord Prior of the Order of Saint John
In office
24 June 2014 – 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Anthony Mellows
Succeeded by Sir Malcolm Ross
14th Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
17 February 1997 – 30 October 2000
Governor-General Sir William Deane
Preceded by Austin Asche
Succeeded by John Anictomatis
Personal details
Born Neil Raymond Conn
(1936-08-17) 17 August 1936 (age 80)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Lesley Jennifer née Flood
Alma mater University of Sydney
Duke University
Profession Economist
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Rank Lieutenant

Neil Raymond Conn AO (born 17 August 1936) is an Australian economist and former Administrator of the Northern Territory (1997-2000).

Conn was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as Lord Prior of the Order of Saint John in 2014.[1] He was succeeded by Sir Malcolm Ross in 2016.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Conn studied economics at the University of Sydney, graduating BSc and later MEc. He studied for his doctorate (PhD) at Duke University in the United States, before lecturing in economics at Sydney University from 1961 to 1975. He left the university in 1975 to work for two years as Principal Administrator with the OECD in Paris, followed by four years as Deputy Secretary of the New South Wales Treasury.

Conn was appointed by the newly independent Northern Territory government as Chief Executive Officer of the territory's treasury and was the Administrator of the Northern Territory from 17 February 1997 to 30 October 2000.[3]

Following his retirement as administrator, Conn became foundation chairman of Original IT Investments Pty Ltd,[4] an information technology incubator. From 2001 to 2004 he was the deputy chairman and lead independent director of the publicly listed company International All Sports Ltd.

Conn lives in Sydney with his wife Lesley, also a Member of the Order of Australia and a Dame of the Order of Saint John.[5] They have three children.

Order of St John[edit]

Conn was appointed a deputy prior of the Order of Saint John in Australia in 1997. He served as chairman of St John Ambulance Australia from 2004 to 2007.

At the 2007 St John Ambulance Australia National Priory Conference, he was nominated as chancellor of the St John Priory in Australia, replacing Villis Marshall.

In 2014, Conn was promoted as the Lord Prior of the Order of Saint John, becoming its most senior non-royal figure.[6] He was succeeded by Sir Malcolm Ross in 2016.

Honours[edit]

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 26 January 1996[7]
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John 2012[8][N 1]
Knight of the Order of St John 21 March 1997[9]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 1 January 2001[10]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Anniversary of National Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal
Service Medal of the Order of St John Ribbon.jpg Service Medal of the Order of St John (Most Venerable Order of Saint John) 2009[N 2]
MelitenseMilitare.png Cross pro Merito Melitensi (Sovereign Military Order of Malta) 2014[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lord Prior of St John", Order of St John website.
  2. ^ "Debrett's - The trusted source on British social skills, etiquette and style-Debrett's". Debrett's. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Neil Raymond Conn", Government of the Northern Territory website.
  4. ^ www.australianethical.com.au
  5. ^ www.gg.gov.au, Governor-General of Australia website.
  6. ^ Fullarton, Donald (7 January 2014). "Lord Prior Designate appointed". News. St John Scotland. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  7. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 26 January 1996
  8. ^ St John Ambulance Australia - 2012 Annual Report – Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John – 2012
  9. ^ "no. 54712". The London Gazette. 21 March 1997. p. 3484. 
  10. ^ It's an Honour – Centenary Medal – 1 January 2001

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The post-nominals of the Venerable Order of St John were recognised in the Australian Honours Order of Wearing prior to 5 October 1992. From 6 October 1992 the post-nominals are no longer recognised and cannot be used outside of the organisation.
  2. ^ The Service Medal of the Order of St John was recognised in the Australian Honours Order of Wearing prior to 5 October 1992. From 6 October 1992 the medal is now no longer recognised for wear.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Austin Asche
Administrator of the Northern Territory
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
John Anictomatis
Other offices
Preceded by
Anthony Mellows
Lord Prior of the Order of Saint John
2014 - 2015
Succeeded by
Sir Malcolm Ross