John combines his entrepreneurial activities with an interest in entrepreneurship research, specialising in entrepreneurial failure and its effects on entrepreneurs' subsequent behaviours
Initially trained as a Clinical Biochemist, then as a Chartered Accountant (PriceWaterhouseCoopers). John is a Fellow of the ICAEW, a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Director. He was awarded the northern entrepreneur of the year award for science and technology in 2005 sponsored by Ernst and Young. John has held non-executive and chairman appointments spanning over 25 years as both a venture capitalist and a personal investor.