John retired from his post at Teesside University where his position included lecturing in Risk Management, Simulation and Project Management at first degree/ master's degree levels and supervising PhD research students and was a peer reviewer for an international research group. Prior to working at Teesside University, John, a professionally qualified electrical engineer, worked in industry and occupied general management and director level roles in operations management in large national companies and has more than twenty five years experience in the application of lean methodology including Kaizen and other techniques. He has a master's degree in management for professionals with a commendation from Bristol University and his Doctorate gained at Teesside University involved the application of robotics in manufacturing operations.
He became involved in Health and Social Care after first hand experience of very poor care in the health and social care sectors eleven years ago and was determined to influence improvement when he joined the Board of Sunderland LINk. He was Vice Chairman of Sunderland LINk for four years and was selected by NHS England to be a patient representative during the assessment process of CCGs and progressed to be selected as a patient representative member of the national NHS England CCG Oversight Group and occupied a similar role during the rationalisation process relating to NHS commissioning support units. After leaving LINk John was elected as a Governor of City Hospitals Sunderland and is almost half way through his second term as a Governor. He was until recently a member of the colliery medical centre patient group.
"I have a keen interest in improving access to health and social care services for the benefit of the people of Sunderland and to remove the confusion that can exist, on the pathway they should chose for their treatment or social service needs and to ensure that they receive integrated or joined up care, when they are discharged from hospital so they are not left isolated when care is transferred from, one service provider to another".