Our People

Genuine passion, curiosity and expertise

Our Board

Ian Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

Ian is a skilled business professional who brings a wealth of commercial and strategic experience to the Chief Executive role at ADInstruments. Previously, Ian was CEO of IT integrator, Fronde, where he drove significant growth and expansion of the business. Prior careers include television production, natural gas and sheep farming. He has a passion for supporting companies to innovate and build resilience.

Ian is also a director of Overseer Ltd and sits on an advisory board at Victoria Business School.

Michael Macknight

Co-founder, Director

Michael first developed his concept for a computer-based data acquisition system in 1985, as part of his Bachelor of Science degree. Over the past 30 years, Michael has been integral to the development of ADInstruments products and to the international expansion of the company. Today, Michael continues be involved in innovation and new product releases from the company's office in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Michael holds a BSc (Physics) and an MSc (Computer Science) from Otago University. In 2015, Michael was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science.

Professor Tony Macknight

Co-founder, Director of Education

Professor Tony Macknight’s distinguished career has included postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and appointment as Professor of Physiology at the University of Otago. Tony was aware of life science's need for an improved method of recording and analyzing physiological signals and was integral to his son Michael's development of PowerLab data acquisition and analysis systems.

Now retired from fulltime teaching and research, Tony travels internationally to consult about the company's products with leading life science researchers, educators and ADInstruments staff.

Stuart McLauchlan


Stuart is a highly respected director and chairman and sits on the Board of a number of New Zealand companies. He is a chartered accountant, senior partner of GS McLauchlan & Co, and a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Stuart is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Past President.

Currently he is chairman of Scott Technology Ltd, PHARMAC, UDC Finance Ltd and Dunedin International Airport Ltd, as well as being a director of Ngai Tahu Tourism Ltd and a number of private companies. He is also Pro-Chancellor of the University of Otago and Governor of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.


John Judge


John Judge has extensive experience in Australasian business and brings financial and analytical knowledge to the Board. His career includes various roles within Ernst & Young culminating in the position of Chief Executive of Ernst & Young New Zealand. He is current chairman of ANZ Bank New Zealand, Biotelliga and the Auckland Arts Festival Trust; a director of Fletcher Building Industries and The New Zealand Initiative, and a member of the Otago Business School Advisory Board.

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