Dr John James has been an active member of APEN since he joined in 1998. He became the Queensland Regional Coordinator in 1999 and held the role of President from 2001 to 2004. In 2001, he convened the APEN conference in Toowoomba and introduced the concept of Open Space at APEN conferences. John initiated the APEN Mentoring Scheme and has been involved as the first coordinator, then as mentor in all years the scheme has run.
John worked as an extension officer and, within the Rural Extension Centre, coordinated the delivery of post-graduate courses in agriculture extension. Later, as project leader for the Qld eExtension project, he initiated regular webinars for extension professionals. His PhD investigated the factors that affect the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies. John is passionate about learning and helping others to learn to build their capacity to enable change and innovation.