Honours graduate in Electrical Engineering from University of Auckland,
Past Member of the Australian Institution of Engineers
John started his computer life as a systems engineer
with IBM New Zealand; migrated to
In 1976 he joined Sigma Data Corporation (the Australasian distributors of Datapoint computers) as their Systems Engineering Manager where he had management responsibility for some 12 software projects that were currently under development. It was there that he met Peter Lay and Barry Brunning. In 1978 the three of them formed Data Stream. He was a director of Data Stream for 20 years. During this period, as well as designing and implementing a wide range of inventory and financial systems, he also became very involved with the development of research software for media. This was developed through a separate company, Chai Holdings.
In June 1998 John resigned from Data Stream to devote all his energies to the furthering of Chai Holdings' activities.
John has worked on many projects, in a variety of capacities including consulting, project management, systems design and programming. Some examples of these projects are :-
John cut his teeth on RPG and assembler. Later he
became proficient in Databus (or what is now called
Visual PL/B) for commercial work. He currently uses Sunbelt's Windows implementation of PL/B
and also Visual Basic. He has expertise and a keen interest in SQL, database
technology, Unix and the Windows environment. More recently he gained
His major satisfaction in computing is derived from learning a user's needs then creating a solution with which the user and he are both satisfied, whilst at the same time minimizing the support requirements.
Most of John's work is done from his home office, overlooking the bush and the swimming pool. His wife, Jacqui provides him with administrative assistance. Their daughter, Sandi works as internal communications manager for FOXTEL and their son Andre is a music producer for the Australian public broadcaster, the ABC.
John tries to sail once a week with his ex fellow director, Peter Lay, on their 26 foot yacht, "She Who", so that they can discuss the world's problems. John is an armchair expert on rugby and cricket.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org