OUR TEAM

OUR BOARD

Dr Eldon Tate

CEO and Founder of Inhibit Coatings

Eldon developed our state-of-the-art technology while completing his PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Dr Emma Wrigglesworth

Scientist at Inhibit Coatings

Emma is a Scientist conducting new R&D at our research facilities in Wellington, New Zealand. Emma brings her expertise in metal-polymer nanocomposite design and characterisation to our R&D team.

Josh Stoneham

Materials Engineer at Inhibit Coatings

Josh previously completed a masters degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). With a background in alloy chemistry and processing, he brings his expertise in materials characterisation and testing to the team.

Stephen Fitzer

Operations Manager at Inhibit Coatings


Stephen is our operations manager with experience in both project and production environments. He graduated with an MSc in Engineering Project Management and previously worked on collaborative, complex, and innovative research projects.

Stephanie Lockwood

Master of Science Candidate at Inhibit Coatings 

Stephanie is currently a full-time research student at VUW, completing her master's degree majoring in chemistry with Inhibit Coatings. Stephanie specialises - but is not limited - in nanocomposite epoxy resins.

Ethan Wait

Research Assistant at Inhibit Coatings

Ethan has a Bachelor of Science, majored in Biotechnology and Chemistry. With a multidisciplinary skill set, he brings a knowledge of applied biology to the team.

Prof. Jim Johnston

Founder and Director at Inhibit Coatings

Jim is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. He has published over 140 research papers and is the inventor on 15 patents. He provides a mixture of technical and commercialisation skills to the company.

Hayden Nicholson

Shareholder and Director at Inhibit Coatings

Hayden is the managing director of the NZ based Polymer Group Ltd and contributes heavily to the development of the Inhibit technology. Hayden brings over 40 years of industrial coatings experience to the team.

Ian Lothian

Director at Inhibit Coatings 

Ian represents shareholders on the board of Inhibit Coatings. He is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and CA member of CAANZ.

Tijs Robinson

Executive Director and Chair at Inhibit Coatings 

Tijs has over 20 years experience in commercialising technology, managing international manufacturing supply chains, negotiating OEM supply agreements and licensing technology.