John Bastian AM


Best advice ever received:

Always be yourself - no pretence! And when you agree to do something for another - do it! Being followed up is a sign of failure

Chairman Since:


Current Executive / Board positions:

Chair - TechinSA
Director - Techgrow Pty Ltd
Chair - Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative

Past Executive / Board Positions:

Independent Director - Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative (Sydney)
Chair - Austraining International
Chair - Adelaide Research and Innovation
Chair - Big River Pork
Deputy Chair – SA Economic Development Board Advisor to Executive Committee of SA Cabinet
Director - ABB Grain Export
Director - SACBH / Ausbulk
Chair - Sportsmed
Chair - Scanoptics
Chair - Langhorne Creek Winery
Trustee - Adelaide Festival Centre Trust
Director - SAGRIC International
Chair - Ahrens Engineering
Chair - SA Meat Industry Development Board
Member of the Commonwealth Government Trade Development Council


Member of the Order of Australia
BRW Business Leader of the Year 1990


After an extensive career with PA Management Consultants (at the time, Australia’s largest management consultancy), John joined Sola Optical with responsibility for worldwide marketing before becoming Managing Director of Sola Optical Australia.

During his eleven years in this role, Sola Australia employed 800 people in a high volume manufacturing environment, making approximately 70,000 lenses per day and the international Sola Group grew sales to USD350million. He was a key member of the management team that was involved in a private equity buy out and subsequent IPO of Sola onto the New York Stock Exchange.

Currently a professional Company Director, John’s knowledge and experience of the contemporary challenges faced by senior executives in today’s local and global markets is enhanced by his facilitative approach to the complexities of the modern business environment.