General Manager - Green Iron Initiative, ZEN Energy
John is a highly regarded iron and steel industry professional with over 30 years of experience in applied technology and development and technical/operational leadership roles. Between 2008 and 2022 was the Metallurgy Manager of Ironmaking for OneSteel / Liberty at Whyalla.
In 2022 John joined ZEN Energy, heading their newly established Green Iron Initiative project.
John has been involved with a wide range of ironmaking processes and raw materials development, optimisation and demonstration activities. His present key focus is in the area of zero carbon iron / steel industry transition, through the development and adoption of novel technologies incorporating renewable energy and Green Hydrogen into at scale commercial ironmaking.
John has been a strong industry advocate from inception of the Heavy Industry Low-Carbon Transition (HILT) CRC. He is an advisory board member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology (CET) and is the Bureau of Steel Manufacturers of Australia representative on the Standards Australia Iron Ores and Direct Reduced Iron committee.