As a mature student, John graduated from Wolverhampton University in 1996 with a BA(Hons) 2:1 in Sports Studies with Business. He previously worked in engineering, and the drop forge industry.
John entered the public sector in 1999 in Leisure Management for Birmingham City Council, managing leisure facilities in the predominately very deprived areas of Birmingham. John has transformed leisure facilities with successful capital investment funding grants from internal and external funding streams such as the Football Foundation.
In 2013 John joined the Strategic Leisure Team in Birmingham taking on project management of the Big Birmingham Bikes project, delivering 5000 free bikes and a cycle training programme of innovative interventions aimed at provoking active travel and physically active lifestyles in deprived communities of Birmingham.
As Active Travel & Strategy Manager – Birmingham Wellbeing Service improving health and wellbeing for the citizens of Birmingham. John was part of the Senior Management team in the Wellbeing Service and the lead officer for the outdoor offer overseeing nationally acclaimed projects within the service such as Active Parks, Big Birmingham Bikes, and Active Streets. The Big Birmingham Bikes scheme is part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution and aims to make cycling an integral part of the Birmingham transport network, increase the numbers of people cycling, and positively impact on people’s health and improve the environment.
Birmingham City Council has now transfered the service into a community benefits society and from April 1st 2018, the wellbeing services will be delivered by the Active Wellbeing Society on behalf of the council. Following transfer to The Active Wellbeing Society John is currently the Future Business Relationship Manager.
John has been a very keen sportsman playing football and golf for many years and is now an enthusiastic cyclist whilst still retaining a passion for cars. John is a very proud father and husband.