John has had a distinguished career in the chemical industry, holding a range of executive management positions with ICI, Albright and Wilson and Hickson International. In January 1995, John was awarded the OBE for services to industry in West Cumbria.

He also has significant experience in the regeneration sector, and was previously Chairman of the Whitehaven Development Company (WDC) – a public/private partnership which was established to spearhead the regeneration of the town, including its harbour. WDC’s programme was successfully completed over a 10 year period, transforming the environment of the town and winning a host of regeneration awards.

In October 2008, John was appointed as the Chairman of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC), which had been established by Government to deliver growth and regeneration in Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. John was re-appointed as WNDC’s Chairman in December 2011 for a second term, which ran until the closure of the Corporation in July 2014

In April 2014 John was appointed Chairman of the Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership having been a Board member since its inception in 2011. He is also on the Board of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone. In April 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Northamptonshire Leadership Group which brings together all of the public sector leaders in the County to improve partnership working and promote Northamptonshire.

In addition to his public sector roles, John is currently a Non-Executive Director of Inditherm PLC which develops and manufactures innovative heating solutions.