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Home Grown Leader – John Lamont

John is a natural leader – even serving as school captain of Nowra High School.  

He went on to Study Chemistry at the University of Technology Sydney before working as a Production Manager for Reckitt Benckiser who produced household names like Mortein, Mr Sheen and Aeroguard.  

Eventually the pull of home was too strong to ignore said John: 


“I was in Sydney for 10 years in total and returned so I could not just have a career but raise my children in the Shoalhaven.” 


He joined the family business ‘NowChem’ (or Nowra Chemicals as it was known), quickly becoming indispensable in the local community and the business – taking on the Managing Director role. 

Before long, John returned to the books completing a Grad Certificate in Good Manufacturing Practice, Pharmaceuticals and later a Masters of Management/ Business Administration at the University of Wollongong.  

With over 30 years’ experience in chemical manufacturing and over 20 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing, John reflects on his career so far: 

‘’Doing what we do to contribute to the community through business growth is the “Why” of our organisation. I now focus on other people’s personal growth through mentoring and career progression.’’ 

 ‘’It’s been an incredible honour.’’ 

‘’We’ve grown significantly but maintained our family values, which is really important to us.’’ 

‘’Its more than knowing people’s names, its being there in good times and not so good times.’’ 

‘’We are very community focussed and I know our team enjoy the connections and relationships we’ve forged,’’ added John.  

John has recently been in Amsterdam learning about the latest cutting-edge tools in the cleaning industry. He has also utilised the opportunity to build stronger connections with international suppliers and customers. 

‘’We’ve won lots of awards over the years – we’re a local business on the world stage but I do believe the best is yet to come,’’ Noted John. 

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