John is a retired associate of the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators. His career was spent in Central Services within Local Authorities – Portsmouth City Council, Mid Devon District Council, Cotswold District Council and Exmouth Town Council where he spent 12 years as Town Clerk (a post from which he is now retired).
He has been associated with the Jurassic Coast since its incorporation as a World Heritage Site and has served for most of that time as Chairman of the Communities Forum.
His interests include working in the community, ornithology and environmental issues and of course the Jurassic Coast and all its secrets, many yet to be revealed. For light relief, John is also known as Quill the Bosun as a member of the internationally famous buoy band The Exmouth Shanty Men.
His love of the Jurassic Coast developed from two childhood holidays spent in the area which sparked a lifelong interest in landscape and nature. To be able to be involved in looking after this internationally important length of coast feels to John like a natural fulfillment of his life. The arrival of grandchildren has been a joy and reinforces the need to take some responsibility for looking after our important corner of England for future generations and for sharing it responsibly with all who live here or are yet to visit.