John Varano


Masters in Major Programme Management




Management Consulting



John is a Management Consultant and has worked at a number of global consulting organisations, including Accenture. His experience encompasses across a broad range of areas including strategy, organisation design, change management, and transformation programme and project management. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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Posted by: on March 1, 2018

Transformation Address at Pembroke College, Oxford

(Farewell speech to fellow cohort members, end of Module 8, Feb 2018. Edited for publication) “Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you for permitting me to speak to you tonight and share my thoughts on the Oxford experience, how it shapes our personal transformation, and the lessons learnt. Like many of you, we […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Rethinking financial management: a deconstruct and reconstruct in practice

Coming into my fourth module of Financial Management was unlike any course I have previously undertaken academically. I am convinced that my fellow cohort strongly identified with this perspective. Meeting and learning from Professor Paolo Quattrone is an experience of renaissance. I was immediately left with the impression that his teaching is the embodiment of […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2017

A Sense of Urgency: The Peaks and Troughs of Study

It has been a little while since I have written my last post. Typically, I would be excited and enthusiastic to transfer thoughts from pen to paper. However, in the last couple of months, my professional, personal and study commitments collectively have limited my capacity to engage and write. During module three of Systems Engineering, […]

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Posted by: on December 12, 2016

Learning Major Programme Risk and Being Immersed in the “Oxford Lifestyle”

After a weekend of celebrations and fun at the Merton College Winter Ball, the cohort was back and ready for our next module on Major Programme Risk. Whilst most cohort members were eagerly keen to commence, there were others including myself striving to put their best foot forward despite feeling jet lagged. The morning started with […]

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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Is this Really the Case?

This afternoon I was passing my time with a close friend and we reflected upon some of our personal achievements to date. As I sipped my coffee, a thousand thoughts were simultaneously running through my mind. I was thinking about my career, my family, my life experiences and what it takes to accomplish an aspiration. […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2016

It’s Happening… Matriculation, Study and Realising a Dream

Taking my first step onto High Street, the reality of my arrival at Oxford finally began to sink in. Alighting the requisite double decker bus on a breezy September morning, I paused to appreciate my surroundings, momentarily forgetting the large suitcases I held in each hand. Their weight eventually brought me back to reality and […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2016

My Journey to Oxford

As a child, I often heard my parents emphasise the value of education. Reading the biographies of Prime Ministers and other prominent individuals attending Oxford University, I was transfixed by the unparalleled transformative capacity of an Oxford education. For someone whose mother and father had emigrated to Australia at a young age with no greater […]

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