John Elliott

Managing Director, Ebac

Chairman and founder John Elliott MBE DL, was born near Bishop Auckland in 1943. A draftsman by trade, John entered into self-employment in the early 70s and won a contract to produce industrial dehumidifiers for a national construction group.

The dehumidifier order led to Ebac’s foundation, with John as its only member of staff, back in 1973. His dedication and drive soon saw it grow and seven years later it reached its first £1M turn-over. One year later, in 1980, John developed UK’s first mass-produced domestic dehumidifier, which effectively created the British market for this product type, and the company blossomed.

Staying true to his roots John has never considered following the UK manufacturing trend and move Ebac’s production abroad. With innovation and dedication to quality as its lead words, Ebac has instead been able to expand its facilities in the UK’s North East. John’s part in this success was formally recognised in 1986 when he was awarded an MBE for Services to Small Business.

In the 90s, with Ebac moving into the bottled watercooler market, John acquired two new hobbies – politics and horse racing – which he pursues with typical passion. He was a main spokesperson for the ‘No’ side in the debate around the Regional Assembly, and an outspoken opponent of the introduction of a common European currency.

John’s stable of race horses is currently five strong, and his top horse, Kasthari, won a race at Cheltenham in 2004. John and family were featured in the Sunday Times Rich List in 2005. He lives with wife Margaret outside Bishop Auckland.