John worked as a general practitioner in Seaton and Colyton for 30 years prior to his retirement four years ago. He also worked in GP commissioning as chair of East Devon Primary Care Group and as clinical lead for East Devon Primary Care Trust prior to being appointed medical director for community services in North and East Devon.
He was a school governor at Colyton Grammar School for 17 years and remains Chairman of Colyton St John and vice chairman of Seaton Hospital League of Friends.
He is married to Elaine and has two daughters, one of whom is a GP in Sidmouth and the other is a pharmacist at the RD&E.
He is a very keen fisherman and enjoys watching football rugby and cricket.