John is now retired, however he continues to be kept busy in the local community. After a long career in engineering, holding a variety of managerial positions, with responsibility for quality assurance for all Crane Ltd. sites in the UK, John was also involved at national level with standards work and chairing a sector quality assurance committee.
Changing career focus, John spent time with Business Link which gave him experience of working with business sectors in Suffolk, advising on project specification and funding. He has been responsible for several projects supporting businesses in rural and disadvantaged areas of the County and is familiar with and has been involved in the approval process of both ESF and ERDF European Funding practices.
He has been active in his local communities at town and parish council and local community council and was a councillor in Stowmarket and Mayor of Stowmarket in 1989-90. John was Chair of trustees during the development and establishment of The Mix, an innovative youth hub based in Stowmarket.
John is currently Vice Chair of Stowmarket District Scout Council, which supports the local Scout movement in helping make a difference to the lives of young people.