John spent his sea-going career with Canadian Pacific as a deck officer serving on a variety of ship types but eventually specialising in the tanker trade. John gained all but his first certificate of competencies after studying at Warsash. He left deep sea service after 16 years and moved ashore first as a marine superintendent, before deciding to move to Texas for three years as a marine technical surveyor for an international survey company.
Thereafter, John spent a period of time at with F.T. Everard & Co before becoming an operations coordinator for a large pool of chemical tankers, subsequently working for seven years as a marine surveyor to the tanker industry carrying out vetting inspections, cargo expediting and general trouble shooting for oil majors and charterers.
John joined Warsash in 1997 as a senior lecturer with the petrochemical section before moving to professional studies in 2000. John then gained his MSc in International Shipping Management at Southampton Solent University in 2006, before becoming principal lecturer in 2007.
John has maintained good contact with industry and is involved in tanker vetting inspector training and examination for external organisations and is a consultant to a maritime training video production company. He has co-authored a text book on oil tanker operations and represents Warsash on the deck sub-group of the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI).