John Brightling is an unseen character in the Lilydale series.
He is the founder and CEO of Horizon Corporation in 1979. He is one of the worlds leading experts in recombinant DNA technology. He was known in the industry for his unorthodox management style and strong political views. Since the 1970s, he had been closely involved with a number of environmental issues. He planned to unleash a virus on the world that would cause the extinction of the human race and sparing only the chosen few who would follow him to help rebuild the planet into a pollution free zone.
He is highly intelligent and extremely driven. He has a strong sense of honour and has refused to pursue profitable business opportunities that were at odds with his environmental principles.