John Woodward - New South Wales State Manager

John has a Bachelor of Health Science Honours (Social Communities) and completed his Masters of Business Administration in 2017. With over 20 years working with young people, children and families John provides a valuable historical insight to the Step Up programs and supports navigation through relevant policy and legislation.

John started his work with young people and families over 20 years ago providing outdoor recreation experiences aimed at building resilience and confidence. Following this John worked as a counsellor and then in psychosocial Adolescent and Young Adult cancer research and with children, young people and family services in local and state government.

John is passionate about creating resilient and proud willed young people. John values education and strength based learning to help young people achieve their goals

“Ladder is a family and we’re in essence providing a surrogate family to vulnerable young people”