Date of Birth: 8 October 1951
1978 Diploma of Teaching MCAE
2009 Accredited by the Barrett Values Centre to administer Cultural Transformation Tools
Specialist in problem-solving, strategic planning and corporate
1998 - Managing Director, Jean Shannon and Associates
Sample Tertiary Lecturing and Conference Presentations
Chair and presenter – Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant Roadshow, Tonkin International, Upward management 2009
Educator – Ethical Intelligence and Good Decision-making (EIDGM) – whole day workshops to ACT Fire Brigade, Maritime Services NSW, Department of Immigration and Citizenship – detention review and more.
Presenter – the Language of Ethics – seminars for the Office of Police Integrity, Victoria.
Presenter – National Communications Officers Conference, Canberra 2009 presenting for Liquid Learning: Both Sides Now, how to prevent your job either hanging you in the coronial inquiry or becoming a ghetto that swallows your career.
Academic coordinator & lecturer - China Scholarship Council University Administrator's Course hosted by the Australian National University Asia Pacific School of Economics & Government. The 10 week program was attended by 22 university Chancellors & Vice Chancellors from the western provinces. The course covered leadership development, strategic analysis, problem solving, strategic planning, project management, crisis management, managing teams, managing academic staff, risk management, mentoring and much more. (2004-2007) Still presenting structural reform, strategic planning and marketing education.
Exchange supervisor, course presenter - Practical skills for Ombudsman staff including negotiation, mediation, interview techniques, strategic planning, problem solving and communication principles. Presented on behalf of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to the staff of the Indonesian Ombudsman's office. Canberra December 2002
Course Facilitator - Effective Communications: The Australian Council for Overseas Aid using communications principles and negotiation skills in submission and report writing.
Course Convener - Parliamentary Minuting: introduction to communications and servicing parliamentary committees for the National Centre for Development Studies, ANU, 2002
Lecture/Tutor Australian National University - Legal Workshop, Graduate
Diploma in Legal Practice - communicating in law, negotiations, interviewing
clients, plain English, 1996- current
Casual lecturer/marker - CSU (Bathurst & Wagga) in Masters program courses: ethics, management theory, strategic planning & change management, 1999- current
Taking the Risk Out of RIS - The importance of regulatory impact statements in modern legislative development, how it's done, why it's done and how the law has changed. Manager of the Model Food Bill public consultations on behalf of the ACT Government. 2001
Lecturer Canberra Institute of Technology - AUSLAN NAATI accredited interpreting certificate course, introduction to linguistics & notetaking, 1993-95
Effective Scientific Presentations - Australia New Zealand Food Authority,
Introducing Media Policy - Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Canberra 1996, Attorney General's, 1995
Meeting your Minister's Needs - Government Lawyers Group, Canberra,1996 (video available)
Language is Good Business, National Language and Literacy Institute of Australia, Canberra, 1991
Course designer & lecturer – Practical writing skills, pyramid writing, submissions and communicating with the public & sponsors for the Commonwealth Games Secretariat, Melbourne 2005.
Plus literally hundreds of public consultations, client presentations to
staff, boards and executives.
Sample publications and productions – see publications on the main menu
Jean is a communications and change management specialist with 20 years experience in strategic design, project evaluation and problem solving. She has used applied communications theory in corporate strategic planning to assist in restructuring and repositioning a variety of government and non government organisations. Jean’s work has been moving through mediation to problem-solving and now looks at the sources of tension capacity building with organisations to develop ethical decision-making and align values with outcomes.
Principal Consultant, Genetic Resources Management & International
Date of Birth: 15 November 1951
1976 Batchelor of Arts – University of Western Australia
Legal studies – Legal History, Constitutional Law, Torts – NSW Barristers Admission Board
Certificate in Federal Investigation – Australian Federal Police 1993
Practitioners Certificate in Mediation and Conciliation – Institute of Arbitration and Mediation Australia 2005
Professional development – policy development, negotiation skills, investigation and evidentiary skills, leadership and development
2007 – Current: Principal Consultant, Genetic Resources Management, JSA Pty Ltd
Independent expert and consultant on genetic resources management.
2003 - 2006 - Director, Genetic Resources Management Policy, Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage. Also:
2001 - 2003 Director, Access task Force
1999 - 2001 Executive Officer to the Australian National Inquiry into Genetic Resources in Commonwealth Areas
1999 A/Director China, East Asia, International Policy & Treaties, International Branch – Department of Family and Community Services
1996 - 1999 Assistant Director, International Policy & Treaties, International Branch – Department of Family and Community Services
1983 - 1995 Senior Investigator and A/Director of Investigations, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman - Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
1976 - 1983 Various - Treasury, Veteran’s Affairs, Education and Science, and Environment
Genetic Resources Management Experience
Mr Geoff Burton joined Jean Shannon and Associates Pty Ltd in 2007 as Principal Consultant Genetic Resources Management.
That year Mr Burton was invited to the United Nations in New York to give an overview of research business trends in the commercialization of marine genetic resources. (8th United Nations Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea, 25-29 June 2007.) Since then Mr Burton has gone to chair discussions or deliver conference papers in Brazil, Japan, China, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore and Indonesia.
Most recently, Mr Burton chaired the 2009 United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies’ Inaugural ABS Business and Science Dialogue in Jakarta. This meeting was held to support the negotiations for an International Regime on the utilisation of genetic resources. It brought together representatives of industry, science, and government negotiators.
Prior to leaving the public sector in late 2006 he was Australia’s National Competent Authority on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). He held the position of Director of Genetic Resources Management Policy within the Australian Government and was Australia’s lead negotiator on ABS issues.
Mr Burton led the Australian Delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity Working Group meeting that developed the Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization in 2001 and played a significant role in their later adoption by the Convention in April 2002. In 2003 and 2004 he was Australian lead negotiator in negotiations on developing terms of reference for the development of an international ABS regime. In March 2004 he co-chaired the APEC Workshop on Trade and the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity focused on the utilization of genetic resources. In 2005 he was appointed co-chair of the first round of negotiations within the CBD on the development of an international regime on genetic resources.
Within Australia, Mr Burton was instrumental in developing national policy on the management of Australia’s genetic resources and played a key role in the intergovernmental agreement between all nine Australian governments to implement the Bonn Guidelines. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of federal legislation to manage genetic resources in federally managed areas and supporting its introduction in the Australian States and Territories.
Since leaving the public sector Mr Burton has been retained to provide expert advice to governments around the world and plays a continuing role in the development of genetic resources management policy within Australia and internationally.
A history graduate of the University of Western Australia, Mr Burton has had a diverse career; ranging over governance reform in China and countries in transition, environment and heritage conservation and management, aircraft accident investigation, law enforcement oversight and public administration reform and accountability. He is married with three children.
Mr Burton has extensive experience as a speaker, negotiator, panellist, mediator and meeting chairman.
Since 2000, in addition to his extensive experience as a negotiator in the CBD and his participation as speaker and panellist in various related policy development meetings and workshops, he has presented at the United Nations in New York and at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In recent years he has been asked to chair or co-chair meetings or sessions within the CBD, APEC and at international policy development initiatives in Costa Rica, Canada and Geneva, Singapore, Jakarta, Brazil and Beijing. From 1996 to 1999 he played a significant role in the development of collaboration on social security reform with countries in transition and with the Peoples Republic of China under the Australia-China Capacity Building Programme.
Publications and Reports
Genetic Resources Traditional Knowledge and the Law: Solutions for Access and Benefit Sharing Ed. Evanson and Winter Pub: Earthscan 2009. Contributing author. (www.earthscan.co.uk)
Access and Benefit Sharing: ABS Law and administration in Australia: Paper delivered at Beijing 2009 and the 4th International Environmental Law Conference Sao Paulo, Brazil 2009.
Supporting Traditional Knowledge in Australia: Paper delivered at Beijing 2009 and the 4th International Environmental Law Conference Sao Paulo, Brazil 2009.
Objectives and Elements of an International regime- a personal view: Pub: Report of the International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Cape Town 2005 pp 215-222
Developing a System of Virtual Certificates of Origin and Provenance: Geoff Burton and Ben Phillips. Pub: Report of the International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Cape Town 2005 pp139-144
Derivitives Pub: Proceedings, International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing Cuernavaca Mexico October 24-27 2004 pp 185-189
Mutual Interests of APEC Economies Pub: Proceeding of the APEC Workshop on Trade and the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity 2004 pp187-190
The International Regime – A missing Element Pub: Proceedings, International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing Cuernavaca Mexico October 24-27 2004 pp 125-127
National Access Laws: Challenges, Benefit-sharing Monitoring and Enforcement Pub: Proceedings, International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing Cuernavaca Mexico October 24-27 2004 pp 66-73
Access to Biological Researches in Commonwealth Areas 2000 - Australian national public inquiry report – Co-author draft report. Pub: Government of Australia 2000
Investigation into the Adequacy of RAAF Response to Loss of Nomad A18-401 Pub: Government of Australia 1994.
Presentations and Lectures
Marine Genetic Resources Commercialisation: Not Plain Sailing Presentation to the 8th Meeting of the United Nations Informal Consultation on the Law of the Sea June 2007 New York
Biodiscovery Management: Australia's Experience Genetic Resources - Access and Benefit-sharing Presentation to Oceans and Fisheries Canada: Marine Genetic Resources (MGR) /Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Workshop, Montreal May 25 2007
ABS Challenges: An Australian perspective: Its All About Understanding Risk Address to The High-level Experts Meeting in Tokyo - Addressing the ABS Challenges Tokyo 2007
Australian Biodiscovery Management: Negotiating and Implementing ABS Agreements Presentation to The ABS Management Tool (ABS - MT) International Stakeholder Workshop 27 and 28 November 2006 Heridia, Costa Rica
Biodiscovery Management in Australia: Genetic Resources - Access and Benefit-sharing Presentations to Canadian Government departments and Canadian industry representatives Ottawa 2006
EPBC Amendment Regulations for Access to Biological Resources in Commonwealth Areas Presentation to the 2005 Australian Biotechnology Association Conference Perth 2005
CBD & IP: The Dangers of Entanglement or Solutions in search of a problem? Address to the Annual Conference of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Australian National University 2005
Biodiscovery Management In Australia: Promoting R & D Legal frameworks, use of Contracts and Agreements for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Presentation to Environment Canada and Stakeholders 2005
Genetic Resources Management: The Past Does Not Work Address to International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Cape Town 2005
Genetic Resources Information Database (GRID) Address to to International Expert Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Cape Town 2005
Genetic Resources Management (GRM) Overview of Australian Government Policy Presentation to government delegation from the Peoples Republic of China 2004
Australia’s Place in the Sun: Genetic Resources Management and the Bonn Guidelines Presentation to Annual Conference of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Australian National Gallery 2002
Access to Genetic Resources: Undoing the Knot of Complexity (keynote address): International Marine Biotechnology Conference 2000 Townsville