John was appointed to the LEP Board in October 2015. He has been a Councillor since 1977 and was elected to the Peterborough City Council in 1979. John was elected Mayor in 1995/6 and was awarded the OBE for public service in 1996.
During his time on the council, he has held most of the senior positions but majored on housing and social services and is currently the Cabinet member for Education, Skills and University as well as Communications. John was appointed Leader of the Council in May 2015.
John is also a Director of Cross Keys Homes, Opportunity Peterborough and the recently formed Peterborough Investment Partnership. He is Chair of Governors at the City College Peterborough as well as Governor at Arthur Mellows Village College.
He retired from business in 2002 when he sold his company and prior to this, worked in the motor trade management industry.