Before moving to Lee-on-the-Solent in 2015, John had spent most of his life in Devon. He spent many years working in the Agricultural industry, ran a Green Grocery business and a gardening maintenance/landscaping business
For most of his adult life John has been closely involved with a number of Committees and Charitable Organisations. He was a Governor of Bicton College and Served on the Old Bictonian Association for many years.
In 1982 John and his wife Jean moved to a small Devon village near Exeter, where he soon joined the village Carnival Committee. For 25 years he was Trustee of the Village Hall and a founder member of a 2-day annual Country Show. In 2008 he was invited to join the Community Council of Devon where he was part of a team awarding grants to support worthy projects in Devon.
His hobbies include gardening, stamp collecting and watching sport, particularly football and Cricket.