John is the Executive Director of Ignition Partner Ltd, which negotiates strategic alliance deals internationally and raises capital for New Zealand's high-growth companies. He is Chairman of CLIM Systems Ltd, NZIMMR and a Director and shareholder in Resin & Wax Holdings Ltd and a Director of Cawthron Institute.

He is an expert reviewer for MBIE and Callaghan Innovation as well as a judge in the Westpac Business Awards. A chemical engineer with corporate development and Venture Capital experience, John helps companies to develop and commercialise technologies.

John is a fellow if IChemE, Engineering NZ and a member of IOD. He has a BE in Chemical and Materials, an ME in environmental engineering and a DipBIA. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He is a past President of IPENZ.

Best Emerging Business lead judge