John Weiland has had a lifetime’s experience with human conflict and major trauma. As a Lieutenant Colonel with more than 25 years service in the Army, he saw both active and peace time deployments throughout Australia, Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and the Balkans, either with the Australian Army, the United Nations, or as a civilian advisor with NATO. During that time, he saw at first hand the effects that war and traumatic incidents has on people. Although semi-retired, John retains strong ties with the military.
In 2003, he was awarded a PhD in international relations with Griffith University. This was followed as a part-time lecturer in international relations at Griffith, Bond and New England Universities. He also designed and supervised several units of a Bachelor’s degree in civil care and emergency management at the University of New England.
In 2005, he was invited to lecture at Boston University and the United States Marine Corps University, Quantico, in military-media relations during periods of tension and conflict. While in the United States, he was also tasked by the United Nations Office of Peacekeeping Operations to develop its international media policy. This included visiting the Balkans and during that time, he was awarded the Secretary General’s Medal for Special Service.
He is currently a board member of two companies, continues to maintain an active interest in military affairs, is a Legatee with Queensland Legacy, and is active in animal welfare. His academic qualifications include BA (Hons), Grad Dip PR, Grad Dip Journalism, Master of Communications and a PhD. He is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the Public Relations Society of the US. He currently lives in Brisbane with his partner Janene, and his interests include soldiers’ welfare, military history and animal rights.