John took over from John Ward at the 1998 AGM, and has been voted back in, uncontested, ever since.
John graduated from Middlesex University (formerly Middlesex Poly) in 1977, having studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering and joined GEC telecomms, which later became GPT then Marconi.com at the start of the .com collapse.
John left Marconi in 2001 before the well documented collapse and joined Topmode Systems in Birmingham, left there in Feb 2003 and worked for Captia Business Systems as an Enforcement Officer. In November 2009 John was TUPEd to nsl as part of the take-over of LRUC by IBM, and currently works at “new century park” – yes: the old GEC site!
John is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the BCS a Chartered Information Systems Practitioner (CITP) and a Member of the IET (formerly the IEE).
John was also involved with the Year of Engineering Success in 1997 later the Campaign to Promote Engineering (CPE) which manifested itself as Imagineering in the Midlands. He handed over the mantle before leaving Marconi, and then was invited back into the fold early 2012 to help publicise Imagineering to Coventry Branch membership. John was hoping to have a team of BCS Coventry Branch helpers to offer a balanced view to all the hardware at the fair, however no-one came forward to help, so BCS have no presence at the Imagineering Fair.
In May 2014 John recevied a telephone call asking for help to set up the Coventy MakerSpace, with the eventual outcome that John becamse a member and is now helping out as Secretary. Coventry MakerSpace officially formed September 2014 and meets at the Koco Community Resource Centre. There are regular Member meetings on Tuesdays, open meeting Thursdays and Coventry MakerSpace also branched out with MakerKids and has regular Saturday meetings for younger members.