John Bateman
John Bateman -

John has been heavily involved in Penrith community life for many years both as a businessman, community member and City Councillor, having served as mayor 1998-2000.

He was a board member of Penrith Rugby League & Football Clubs and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and is still an Executive Member of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation which he founded as Mayor in 2000.

John has also been a passionate advocate for Penrith's economic future as a board member and current (2012) Chairman of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation.

Most recently, John founded the Nepean Philanthropists - a group dedicated to funding the work of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation. This important centre for medical research and teaching is located here in Penrith and, in 2007, the Foundation received more than $100,000 in grants from the Philanthropists towards its groundbreaking research projects. Not content to settle for that, John encouraged the University of Sydney to match the funding and I know he has set an increasingly ambitious target for the Philanthropists this year.

John was awarded Penrith Citizen of the Year in 2008. He is also a principal of a leading Law Firm in Penrith - Bateman Battersby.