Dr John Bonning has been a specialist emergency physician for more than 15 years, and a doctor for 30 years. He was Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Waikato Hospital in Aotearoa New Zealand until 2017 and Chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Faculty of ACEM until 2018. In 2018, Dr Bonning was elected as the first Aotearoa New Zealand President-Elect of ACEM. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Council of Medical Colleges.

Having worked extensively in different EDs throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, he has a firsthand knowledge of different models of care in a variety of settings, from the smallest rural to the largest tertiary hospital.

John has various other roles as an Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) Instructor, a Police Medical Officer and an expert advisor to the Police, Coroner and Courts on a variety of forensic and medical matters.