John Shrapnell is principal and director of two Wellington companies;
Shrapnell Communications, a company that specialises in communication services mainly to government and major corporates;
Media Logistics, a company that provides computer hardware, software and user services.
Before establishing these two companies John was a broadcasting journalist and writer with more than thirty years experience in both the national and international spheres.
After many years in radio and television journalism with New Zealand public service broadcasting and with the BBC, John returned to university to develop a new phase of his career.
After obtaining two post graduate diplomas in Training and Development and Business Studies he took over the training of radio and television journalists. He also shared the work of management training of Broadcasting Corporation staff.
Whilst working for NZBC, he was appointed to the government advisory committee on the reorganisation of New Zealand's health services.
He was also loaned to the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Institute to train radio and television journalists from the Asia Pacific region.
He was appointed Public Affairs Manager for the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand as it prepared for restructuring and deregulation of broadcasting.
Later he undertook a similar role for the Reserve Bank during the change of legislation making the Reserve Bank responsible for the control of inflation.
Today he maintains his skills as a journalist by being the Resident Correspondent for the ABC News Network and writing for several international magazines.He is also the Editor of the New Zealand's Creative Wood magazine.
In 1989 John launched his own company, Shrapnell Communications. This company provides a range of services including design, writing, editorial, layout, desktop publishing, electronic publishing via the Internet and now the design and maintenance of web pages.
John is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the New Zealand Association of Scientific and Technical Communicators,and the Wellington Macintosh Society. He is also involved in community affairs and chairs several community groups.