John spent 17 years in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer specialising in navigation. During that period he worked on a variety of different types of vessels and fulfilling a variety of roles ranging from officer of the watch to second in command. In addition to the roles at sea John also worked ashore as a navigation instructor responsible for training the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer navigators.
John joined Warsash in 2001 after completing an MSc in applied navigation from the University of Plymouth, carrying out research into the efficacy of the use of simulation for navigation training.
After a period lecturing predominately in navigation subjects, John became a principal lecturer with responsibility for teaching and learning enhancement. He then became head of School of Professional Studies in 2006.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Nautical Institute. He also represents the academy on a number of maritime industry and professional body committees, including the Merchant Navy Training Board Technical Committee.