Cairns Hockey welcomes John Watts as our new president

John Watts has spent 21 years in Cairns and heads up the largest Financial Services business in North Queensland, ‘Astute Financial’.

From its inception in 2000, seventeen years ago, the business has grown in both scope and services with five offices and forty staff strategically located across North Queensland. John is a master of management, leadership and business diversification.

Despite the local hit to tourism during the global financial crisis and its immense impact on both tourism locally and the financial services industry, John’s business only grew stronger during this difficult period.

With country roots in Thargomindah, South West Queensland, John has led an interesting journey imbued in a love of combining real estate and customer service.
Prior to finance, John spent over 10 years selling real estate in both Toowoomba and Cairns, and is still today an active Auctioneer.
John’s wife Orla works closely with him in the business and they have two school age daughters. The family have a shared love of hockey and snow skiing and can often be found either on the field or on the slopes in Japan.

Having recently completed an ‘Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate’ through Harvard University in Boston, USA, John is well placed to speak about new trends in the professional services industries.

A highlight of John’s Harvard experience was ‘Design Thinking’ which he has shared extensively with his team at Astute North Queensland.
John sits on the Cairns Hockey Board as President and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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