John Taylor is a Cornish–born mining engineer who graduated from the Royal School of Mines, London many years ago. Since then he has worked for both mining companies and mineral industry consultancies in New Zealand and internationally. After nearly 30 years working in places such as Cyprus, Iran, Spain and Australia he came to New Zealand in 1993 to work as project engineer on the Globe-Progress Mine for Macraes Mining. In 2003 he joined Solid Energy and where he eventually became Underground and Subsurface Investigations Manager on the Millerton Project at Stockton.
He currently works as a Reefton-based consultant engaged in subsurface investigation and mining heritage projects, as well as other mineral industry ventures. He is also a member of the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board where he is able to contribute his knowledge on mining best practice and mining heritage advocacy.