A professional director for several decades, Palmer is passionate about Nelson, saying, “I have lived in the region all my life, except for four years at university”. He retired from active corporate life to spend time with family and to focus on local community roles and to give back to the region – using some of the wisdom gleaned over the years. John initially trained in science and throughout his working career has been involved in land and water issues. He is determined to ensure that future generations have the same regional opportunities that he has.
John is former chair of the Nelson Regional Development Agency, Air New Zealand Ltd, Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, Rabobank New Zealand and Wrightson Ltd.