John began his career as an air engineer and a helicopter maintenance test pilot in the Royal Navy. The latter part of his naval career was spent leading the introduction into service of the Merlin helicopter, developing and implementing the support strategy, and procuring and supporting all helicopter engines for the armed services.
After retiring from the Navy, John joined Babcock International, working in business development with responsibility for delivering strategy and future growth plans. He retired in 2017.
John is married with two daughters. Alongside his role at HeartSWell, he enjoys walking and can often be found sailing his boat on the River Tamar.