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Who is John Cotter?

John is the owner of Align Executive Support Services. He has been an advocate, trainer and practitioner of leadership support for almost 30 years.  

A substantial part of John’s work has been in China where his long-term partnerships have helped thousands of leaders to live more sustainably, effectively, joyfully and faithfully in challenging contexts.

His work has also helped organisations rebuild and transform cultures of performance, over-busyness and relationship neglect.

Now based in Australia, John has established Align Executive Support Services as a platform to continue supporting leaders locally and globally. 

John is a member of the Australian Christian Mentoring Network (ACMN) and the Australian Association Of Supervisors (AAOS). He is a Chaplaincy Australia Supervisor and is recognised by NSW Sports Chaplaincy.
He has an MDiv (SMBC) and is fluent in Mandarin.

what others say


College Lecturer

John possesses humility/hospitality of person. It’s hard to find a word that describes it, but John makes space for those he counsels and gives them a voice that is not able to be heard elsewhere. He is perceptive and able to see how small stories fit into a meta-narrative. I like John’s lack of ‘shiny’ solutions. I feel I am taken seriously as a human within the human condition. John has helped me to see connections between what I had hoped for in my career / calling and what is actually happening. This ended up being very encouraging, though this was the very thing I had been discouraged about.

John Dickson

Australian writer, speaker
and academic

I visited John in Hong Kong and China in 2015 and 2016, and saw first-hand the great esteem in which John was held by locals for his sensitivity, experience, and insight. On one occasion, I witnessed him talk (in Mandarin) to a gathering of church workers about the dangers of ‘burn out’, and was touched to see all of them riveted and challenged, and a few of them in tears. I have seen John in a huge range of personal and ministry/professional settings, and count him one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever known. He is intelligent, compassionate, humorous, diligent, humble, and profoundly Christian in his outlook.

Marina Lytle

School Director
Kunming International Academy, China

John is an encourager who listens well and speaks needed truth with grace, so it is easy to accept. My staff and I have grown in many ways due to John’s work. Individuals who are struggling with discouragement, culture conflict, work environment tension, and negativity, would benefit from having John’s support. In addition, leaders who need to implement change or gain employee trust would also benefit from his support. Another area his support would be helpful for is team building. John helped with team building among my staff, he helped me to balance transparency while maintaining confidentiality, and to re-frame things so I don’t take them in a personal or defensive way.

Jesse Chen

Church Pastor
Sydney, NSW

John给我最深的印象就是他的柔和、谦卑和很强的同理心. 他能理解不同文化背景下的牧者和同工们在教会服事和家庭生活中遇到的不同困难, 纠结甚至是伤害,并用圣经的原则和爱的方式,加以鼓励和引导,从而把人再带回到上帝面前,最终满有信心并带着喜乐重新启航.



Standard rate for each session (1 hr) is $125. This is $1000-$1250 per year (for 8-10 sessions). Ideally, the cost is fully or at least partially covered by your employer or supporters. Let me know if finance is a genuine obstacle.


Retreats and consultation fees vary from group to group and are priced according to variables such as travel, how many sessions, number of participants and the type of organisation.
Please contact me for more information.

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