John Kinsella and his family are passionate about helping others and have undertaken a great deal of philanthropic work. The major charitable work of the Kinsella family is through the Hope for Cambodian Children Foundation, which John provides significant support to. The Foundation provides facilities to children and families whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. John’s support of the work of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd within the Philippines and Australian charities such as AGCF and Ronald McDonald House is well-known and much admired by the community.
John’s career commenced in the agricultural and engineering sector, based in Ireland’s rural farming region. John was awarded a scholarship in 1976 to study farm management in New Zealand and in 1977 he visited Australia as part of his studies and an opportunity arose for him to emigrate to Australia.
John and his brother William founded Billbergia Pty Ltd in 1988. After successfully completing medium contracts for large civil construction companies the business expanded into a large construction company undertaking projects in Queensland, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.
In 1993 Billbergia expanded into residential development and included projects in Annandale, Marsfield, and then a major residential development at Lane Cove. Today, the Billbergia Group under John’s astute vision has successfully became what is now an integrated Australian property group and one of the largest developers of waterfront apartments in Sydney.
As Managing Director of Billbergia, John is held in high esteem by his peers and contractors. He has gained a deserved reputation for integrity, honesty and achievement throughout the building industry and in government, union, subcontractor and client circles.
John will be integral in getting the construction industry, a male dominated one, behind women's cancers. John has been the driving force behind AGCF's City2Surf 2016 campaign as we seek to get the community to support women's cancer research.