He is Chief Executive of the National Forest Company responsible for coordinating one of the boldest environmental projects in the country - the creation and management of the 200 square mile National Forest, spanning parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. He was previously Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and a former Director of Conservation for The Wildlife Trusts, working nationally on environmental policy and advocacy for more than a decade.
He plays a key role on Boards and networks across the region including the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership, Charnwood Forest Regional Park, and a range of partnerships and forums. He has held senior positions in the sector including a Director of Wildlife & Countryside Link, member of the UK Biodiversity Group and Chair of the Sherwood Forest Regional Park.
He has lived and worked in the East Midlands for over 30 years, with interests in heritage issues including a focus on the natural environment. With a background in Zoology and Conservation Biology, John has a keen interest in the interplay between people and the environment, in particular understanding what it is that drives change and how this can be applied to sustainability issues