John has been involved in program making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986. He has held a variety of positions in the creative industries, including founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity and Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen. He was a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee and President of CEPI, the pan-European TV producers' association.
At Pact he led the successful campaign that resulted in significant changes to the 2003 Communications Act. These changes led to the UK having the world’s most creative and commercially successful independent TV production sector. John attends and contributes to many UK government forums on the creative industries and trade and investment.
John is the current Chair of the Creative Diversity Network.