Jaan is a Co- Founder of Matchbox Associates Limited. Jaan established a strong track record of success in the manufacturing sector. His particular strengths are business process improvement, business development and new market entry, including export. For over 10 years Jaan was part of an MBO team with manufacturing sites in UK, USA and China. Jaan has given papers at International and national conferences on specialist subjects covering technology, new product development, innovation, entering new markets. He has been a member of Bolton University Research and Innovation committee on behalf of Industry, a member of the Bolton University MedTech committee and conference Chairman for EDANA (European Nonwoven and Disposables Association) in Belgium and Geneva. In his spare time Jaan enjoys competing in Triathlons and playing military golf (left, right , left.....).
John is a Co-Founder of Matchbox Associates Limited. He has a wealth of strategic, operational, business planning and change management skills gained during senior roles in the commercial and public sector. John’s achievements include securing, mobilising and delivering a series of multi-million pound contracts in the service sector, delivering and implementing board level strategies and driving cultural change into a UK Plc. John has held senior positions at EMCOR, AMEC, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly DTI) and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.
During his early career, John was Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade, and a speechwriter for the Secretary of State. He has also worked in the European Commission in Brussels, and the Foreign Office at the British Embassy in Jakarta.
John is a keen tennis player representing his local club and enjoys supporting his Manchester football team whenever possible.