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John Brogden

Former NSW Liberal Leader, John Brogden has walked a very public journey of success, failure and redemption – from the highs of political leadership, through the lows of his suicide attempt and depression and most recently, new leadership roles and...

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John Brogden's Biography

Former NSW Liberal Leader, John Brogden has walked a very public journey of success, failure and redemption – from the highs of political leadership, through the lows of his suicide attempt and depression and most recently, new leadership roles and success in business.
John’s interest in politics started early. Despite coming from good Labor Party stock, he joined the Liberal Party in his school uniform at 16. From 1992-1993 he was President of the NSW Young Liberals following in the footsteps of John Howard, Philip Ruddock and Joe Hockey. He was 27 when first elected to the NSW Parliament and was the youngest person in the history of NSW to be elected Opposition Leader in 2002, at the age of 33.
Ahead in the polls, he was on track to become Premier of NSW before his 40th birthday, but in 2005 his dreams and ambitions crashed around him, forcing him to resign and attempt suicide.
In the ensuing months John Brogden was diagnosed with and treated for depression. After recovering, he redirected his energies and talent to business and in 2006 was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which successfully merged with HCF in December, 2008.
John Brogden is the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia’s 130 credit unions and building societies, the Patron of Lifeline in NSW, Patron of Sailability Pittwater and Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, committee member of Furlough House retirement village and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS Sydney. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.
John Brogden is a passionate and charismatic speaker and an outstanding advocate for mental illness. He shares his experiences of depression and suicide with honesty and bravery and challenges the common misunderstandings of living with a mental illness.