For the last 25 years John has worked in a variety of roles in the voluntary sector; until January 2013 he was the Chief Executive of Exeter Council for Voluntary Service. Previously he taught in a range of settings including Special Education and Further Education.
The focus of his work has always been social inclusion, advocacy and citizenship. He is committed to partnership activities both within the voluntary sector and with public agencies and businesses at a local, regional and national level. He is a former chair/member of several local partnerships including the Children's Trust, Exeter Vision Partnership and Devon Strategic Partnership. He is a trustee of several local groups. In his spare time he enjoys film and theatre (he is chair of Theatre Alibi), and riding regularly on beautiful Dartmoor.