John is an internationally renowned climber and has established many World class new routes over the last 25 years. He was instrumental in bringing competition climbing to the UK in the late 1980s.

During his long career John has worked with companies as diverse as Adidas, Benetton, Film Nova, Sport England and a host of key outdoor brands in roles ranging from product design, procurement, business development and brand marketing.

In 2005 John set up the Manchester Climbing Centre and has since established major indoor climbing centres in Harrogate and Reading.

John has worked with Sport England on the Sporting Champion scheme and sits as a trustee on the board of the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme.  In 2008 he was invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate the achievements of British Climbers.

John continues to climb in the UK and Europe and further develop his climbing wall business.