After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst with the London Brick Company, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA.
In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, in 1998 he became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Intellect’s predecessors.
John is a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick, chair of its audit committee. He 's also chair of cross industry association council of the CBI, a board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.