Dr John Vallance is the NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive. Until recently he was Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School. Before that he lectured in Latin, Greek and ancient philosophy at the University of Cambridge as a Fellow and Tutor of Gonville and Caius College. He has published widely in the history of classical thought. Since his return home to Australia, he has held visiting fellowships at the University of New England and the University of New South Wales. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales.
In recent years he has served on the Board of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, as a Trustee of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation and member of the Library Council of New South Wales, and as an Advisory Board member of the Australian String Quartet.
Dr Vallance is an Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales and is also a musician and works privately as a sculptor.