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Old Haileyburians Association

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 was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve in 1987 and still serves with his current posting as instructor for future leaders in the Reserves.

John also enjoys ballroom dancing, which he started at Haileybury. This interest led John to meet 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 and they have three children — Claire, Ryan (OH 2015) and Aidan (OH 2017). Claire attended Shelford and has just completed her PhD. Ryan has completed an engineering degree and Aidan has a commerce/engineering degree.

All children have enjoyed sport including rowing, soccer, hockey and sailing through school and in local clubs. Sailing was a family activity and John and Barbara’s children were keen participants in the Youth Sailing Program at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Their parents were also involved in supporting the program.

John’s career took him into the world of IT and in January 2023 he celebrated 25 years with a world leading software company where he is Senior Cloud Solution Architect. He helps customers transition to cloud based computing.

Barbara is a chartered accountant and has enjoyed a return to full-time employment after working part time for many years.

The couple are looking forward to being able to travel more but also to be able to spend more time at home and to give their house some attention.

Thanks for staying connected, John, and family!

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Kylie Phillips

Development Office Operations Lead