John worked for 33 years for the British Council as a Science Officer, Project Manager, Finance Director and Director for Africa and South Asia. Thirteen years were lived in developing countries. He received an OBE in 2002. John worked in human rights in Nigeria, managed a counselling project in Sierra Leone and was a Magistrate in Berkshire. He has survived armed robbery, rioting and muggings. He is married to June, has two children and six grandchildren.