John Healy – Accomplished or Accomplice?

John Healy wanted people to see him as a leader of men. He always aspired to be the person everyone looked up to. The truth of the matter was that even his power base, namely the men’s gym, were laughing at him and thought he was a fool for listening to Guilfoyle. And they knew he was up to his neck in rorts.

He got a free car, overseas travel, money for working out with his mates under the guise of providing group fitness training, and free meals in the club. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. And free gym gear, including shoes. And free parking in the city.

It’s easy to say good luck to him but when you know more about him you realise he is one of the biggest hypocrites ever to grace the City Tatts boardroom, and the man most responsible for starting the destruction of City Tatts.

As we told you recently, Healy portrayed himself as a devout Christian, a man of real substance. Now if he was who he made himself out to be how could he allow himself to be bent over so easily and manipulated by a fool like Guilfoyle for five minutes let alone five years?

Let’s not mince words here. John Healy was a man of absolutely no substance. If he had any balls he would have chopped Guilfoyle in half and booted him out the door straight into the Pitt St gutter. But instead he allowed himself to be greased by the biggest thief in the club’s history, and in the process became corrupted himself.

Make no mistake, John Healy let Guilfoyle get away with anything and everything he wanted. He gave Guilfoyle power, an unusual amount of power. Under normal circumstances anyone behaving and stealing as much as Guilfoyle would have been pulled up and turfed out the door but instead all the thieving and destruction was allowed to just go on and on and on.

The unusual amount of power Healy handed to Guilfoyle was strange in every sense but when the person you are handing the power to is allowing you to have the motor vehicle of your choice, free food, “wages” for nothing more than working out with your mates in the gym, the free gym we might add, free shoes for the free workout in the free gym. free food after the workout in the free gym, free car parking for the free car while you work out in the free gym ……….

Just remember John Healy was Chairman while all this was happening, and Tony Guilfoyle was CEO. If members could not rely on these two to look after the club, who could they rely on?

City Tatts Information Desk

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What John Healy did to members

In 2006, within two years of Tony Guilfoyle becoming CEO, members called a Special General Meeting to halt his destruction of City Tatts.

This so alarmed Guilfoyle that he got John Healy, the Chairman at the time, to introduce the most draconian measures against members in the history of the club.

Healy increased the number of members required to call a meeting from 50 to 1200! (5% of members).

He also removed the right of members to pass resolutions at future meetings, like the ones that so alarmed Guilfoyle at the 2006 meeting.

ALL OF THIS WAS DONE TO PROTECT GUILFOYLE.

And it worked – for Guilfoyle.

These measures probably delayed his dismissal by five years.

Incidentally, Patrick Campion was on the committee at the time and went along with everything Healy did for Guilfoyle.

City Tatts Information Desk


John Healy. Devout Christian, Lecherous Pervert, Corrupt or just misunderstood?

Healy liked to give the impression that he was beyond reproach but deep down he was, like Guilfoyle, a fraud and a con.

You have been told about his perverted behaviour and now you will hear about his willingness to accept a little cash for nothing.

You see Healy was getting paid for all of his time in the gym.

Healy would start up a fitness class in the gym. Members would join in and participate. In essence it was just a group of likeminded people working out together in the gym. This is where it gets murky.

Deep down most of the regulars saw him as an old pain in the ass, who if you didn’t break your own push-up record in one of his classes would issue a little “extra work” by way of extra sit-ups. A little childish most would say but there was method to his madness.

Take this as gospel. Healy got paid by the club to do what he was doing with his friends in prior times.

In prior times? What does that mean? Would you be surprised if we named Tony Guilfoyle as the architect of this con job? Guilfoyle arranged for Healy to be paid in cash for doing nothing more than working out with his mates at set times. By choosing set times they were able to pass it off as a legitimate service to members. How else could it be explained that an aging, unqualified, untrained member of the board was getting cash in the guise of wages? But in reality it was just a get together for mates to work out.

Is it any wonder Guilfoyle was able to rely on Healy’s full support to commence his destruction of the club, when this underhand thieving was going on?

City Tatts Information Desk


How is the $5 million spent on planning permission still an asset?

The cost of the failed attempts to get planning permission, over $5 million to date, is still being carried on the Club’s balance sheet as an asset.

How could it be an asset when the council repeatedly rejected the application, and the Land & Environment Court delivered the final rejection in May 2017?

Wouldn’t that be substantial evidence that the money spent was not an asset?

In fact even if a property development was approved in the future the money already spent might have to be written off anyway, because the existing plans might not be used. Didn’t Pat Campion tell members ” a whole new approach has been adopted” for the next attempt at getting approval?

But of course if they did get approval in the future that would provide the cover to claim the existing $5 million did have value – even if it contributed nothing to the later approval.

City Tatts Information Desk


349 to 1

The more people examine the latest accounts the more sceptical they become.

This is how one member views the 2017 City Tatts accounts:

“Let’s see if I have this right”

“This bloke Veloz has delivered a net profit of $745,000. But he has been selling off the poker machine licences and that makes up $700,000 of the $745,000 profit”

“So really he’s managed to make a profit of $45,000 for the year”

“THAT’S WHAT ONE POKER MACHINE MAKES!”

“Let’s put this into perspective”

“According to the accounts he’s now down to 302 machines. We don’t know how many he sold during the year but let’s say he started with around 350”

“So if I understand this correctly, of the 350 machines he started with, the profit from 349 went to paying him, paying his “executive” team, paying the rest of the staff, paying for promotion, paying for building maintenance and other overheads”

“And that leaves one machine to make a profit for members”

“That’s 349 to 1”

“There’s something wrong with these odds”

Food for thought.

City Tatts Information Desk


They had to have John Healy as Patron

You may have wondered why the committee cared so much about making John Healy the club patron.

But when you know City Tatts it makes perfect sense.

As a Life Member put it recently “They had to have John Healy as Patron. Think about it. What if members nominated someone else?”

The Life Member is right.

A patron is meant to guard the traditions and values of an organisation. And in many organisations they do exactly that.

What if members installed someone with integrity as Patron of City Tatts?

A real Patron might start asking difficult questions such as “Why is the club paying a CEO $600,000 a year when everyone in the industry says it should be no more than $300,000?’.

And that’s just one of fifty issues a real Patron might highlight, without even getting into more serious matters such as whether criminal frauds were occurring.

Tony Guilfoyle, above all, had to have Healy as Patron. A real Patron might have driven him out long before 2016.

But Healy had been bought off years earlier.

City Tatts Information Desk


Another $800,000 spent trying to get planning permission

Another $800,000 was spent during 2017 trying to get planning permission.

This brings the total to almost $6 million – with basically nothing to show for it.

But how much has the developer spent?

Wasn’t the developer going to foot the bill for getting the Stage 1 DA? And Mirvac handed over all of their plans and designs for free.

So how has the club managed to spend so much?

This means that of the $25 million the club is going to get from the developer, $6 million is gone already, before they have even a Stage 1 DA. And the remaining $19 million will go by the time the development is ready because even Tony Guilfoyle admitted the club would have to borrow $7 to $10 million to fit-out it’s own floors.

So how is the club gaining from this development?

City Tatts Information Desk