John Worth is the CEO of NZX-listed merchant wind farmer NZ Windfarms, a position he has held since early 2017. John has led the turn-around at NZ Windfarms, resolving long-standing issues including high operating costs, expensive transmission asset finance leases, a seven-year noise-compliance debate, high levels of component failure and poor profitability. A highlight of the turnaround was the role the company played in securing rule changes for the sector.
Prior to joining NZ Windfarms John led a wind farm development team at Mighty River Power (now Mercury), including developing the c330MW Puketoi Wind Farm option, including the securing of wind farm and transmission options and all consents, the first large scale wind farm and transmission line where consents were awarded exactly as sought without recourse to the Environment Court. John has also been involved in hydro, wave, solar and geothermal generation projects in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
John holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Engineering Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University. He has completed Auckland University’s Executive Leadership Programme and Harvard Business School’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Programme and is a Chartered Professional Engineer.