About Ignition Partner

Chad Wilkie and John Cunningham established Ignition Partner Limited in June 2002 to advise companies on strategies for growth from innovation, and assist them with transactions that grow companies with an emphasis on Strategy, Capability and Commitment. 

 Chad Wilkie
Chad Wilkie's special areas of interest are strategic and operational planning for innovative companies, shaping growth companies for capital transactions, and the practical aspects of commercialisation.

Chad is an experienced company director and assists companies to implement good governance and management processes. 

Chad has worked with many early stage and mature technology companies particularly in the niche-manufacturing sector. Recent sector involvement has included medical devices, nutraceuticals and functional foods, light engineering and ICT.

Previously Chad was a Deloitte partner, holding senior roles such as Assistant Managing Partner,  National Director Tax Consulting, Partner in Charge of Business Solutions, IT Consulting, and HR consulting, and National Director of Deloitte Ventures. 

Chad Wilkie has a BCom from Auckland University, and is member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD).

Chad can be contacted on +64 9 377 8900 or at chad@ignitionpartner.com

 John Cunningham
John is experienced as a company director and has also managed company and product developments as well as operations in senior executive roles in corporates. This has given him experience in commercialising products, raising capital and completing strategic alliance deals.

 He spent 15 years with Fernz Corporation, the last 12 years as the Corporate Development Manager with responsibilities including local and offshore initiatives in start-up, joint venture and acquisition strategies. He is a director of several unlisted companies, including, Caltech Capital Ltd, Cawthron Institute, Motim Technologies Ltd and RWHL.

John is a contract lecturer at Waikato Unversity and AIS on the MBA course. He is an expert reviewer for Callaghan Innovation and MBIE. His past roles also included being President of IPENZ in 2001.

John Cunningham graduated BE (Chem & Mat) Auckland University, Dip BIA Auckland University, ME (Environmental) Auckland University. John is also a member of the following professional associations FIChemE, C Eng, CSc, FIPENZ,  MIOD,MRSNZ.

John can be contacted on +64 9 377 2002 or at john@ignitionpartner.com