Dr John White
Executive Director, Ignite Energy Resources
Dr John White commenced as Executive Director of Ignite Energy Resources Pty Ltd (IER) (formerly Victoria Coal Resources) in 2006. IER has the rights to a major brown coal deposit in Gippsland, Victoria.
IER plans to integrate leading edge low emissions technologies to create high value energy and biological fertiliser products for domestic use and export.
John was also, until 2008, the Chairman of Global Renewables which was formed in 2000 to pursue greenhouse gas reduction opportunities by providing solutions for waste reduction. Global Renewables has integrated technologies to develop the UR-3R (Urban Resources - Recovery, Reuse and Recycling) Process.
In September 2005, Global Renewables was selected to design, build, own and operate the Lancashire Waste Partnership PFI project in the United Kingdom. With a revenue of around $6 billion, to process 765,000 tpa of municipal solid waste over 25 years, it is one of the largest waste recycling projects in the world.
John had extensive involvement with Woodside's North West Shelf Offshore LNG Development, he helped instigate the RAN Submarine Project tenders, and subsequently headed the teams that successfully tendered for the purchase of Williamstown Naval Dockyard from the Australian Government, the completion of the Australian Frigate Project (2 FFGs) and the $5 billion ANZAC Frigate Project (10 ANZACs). He was Chief Executive of Transfield Defence Systems Pty Ltd from 1988 to 1996 and then Global Chief Executive of the recycling and packaging group, Visy Industries. He was subsequently Managing Director of the building products and hardware distribution group, Siddons Ramset, until the successful takeover bid by USA giant, Illinois Tool Works.
John has been a Director of a number of publicly listed Australian companies, was formerly Chairman of the Federal Government's Uranium Industry Council, was a member of the Defence Procurement Board, and is a founding member of the Nuclear Fuel Leasing Group (NFLG) and a member of the Defence SA Advisory Board.