Where are they Now – John Pritchard (OH 1978)

John Pritchard (OH 1978) studied Engineering at Swinburne, completing a Bachelor Degree in 1983 and Masters in 1990. John commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve in 1987 and is still serving with his current posting as instructor for future leaders in the Reserves.


Another pursuit John enjoyed is Ballroom Dancing, which had started at Haileybury and continued as social dancing. It was through Ballroom Dancing that John met his future wife Barbara and they married in 1987 at the newly opened Chapel at Haileybury Keysborough. John and Barbara recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Together John and Barbara have three children Claire, Ryan (OH 2015) and Aidan (OH 2017).Claire attended Shelford and just completed her PhD. Ryan has completed an Engineering degree and Aidan a Commerce/Engineering degree. All children have enjoyed sport including rowing, soccer, hockey and sailing both at school and in local clubs. Sailing was a family activity with the children keen participants in the Youth Sailing Program at Royal Brighton Yacht Club and also mum and dad heavily involved in supporting the Program.


In his career, John has worked with IT companies and in January 2023 celebrated his 25 year anniversary with a world leading software company where he is Senior Cloud Solution Architect, working with customers to assist with their transition to Cloud based computing. Barbara is a Chartered Accountant and has found a new lease of life returning to full time employment in the accounting/finance industry after working part time for many years.


John and Barbara are looking forward to their next stage with travel and enjoying more time around the house, which is getting some attention again as a higher priority.

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