John has spent the last 20 years working at the intersection of industry, government and academia, specialising in promoting collaborations, and raising investment and funding for R&D and innovation. He moved to New Zealand in 2013 into the role of Head of International Project Development for STFC Asia-Pacific, which saw him building partnerships and collaborations with a number of local universities, Government bodies, and other key REANNZ stakeholders.

John then worked at AUT University, where he held dual roles as Manager of Industry Engagement, and as Director of INTERACT – a $45 million national initiative designed to create, develop and exploit real-time AI and big data technologies for New Zealand. John also works in an advisory role to MBIE relating to the construction of the Square Kilometre Array project (SKA).

John worked for 8 years with the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – including as founder and first Director of the Hartree Centre, where he worked closely with REANNZ’s British counterpart JANET. He was responsible for securing over $140M million of funding into AI and Big Data projects, including the SKA, earning him a Visiting Professorship in Science and Innovation with the University of Huddersfield. Before this he spent over 20 years in industry, spanning product development, sales, marketing and technology exchange across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.