John has 33 years’ experience in Work Based Learning (WBL) for the hospitality industry. Previously he owned a small restaurant and catering chain in Brighton after a career in further education both in the UK and Africa.
In 1998 John founded Hospitality Plus which he grew in eight years to become the 4th largest apprenticeship training company in the country before selling to the Babcock Group.
John was instrumental in founding G10, a trade association for the 10 largest training providers in the UK. G10 successful negotiated the role of the private training provider with the new Learning and Skills Council that replaced the Training and Enterprise Councils in 2001 G10 later evolved into AELP, the current WBL trade association.
Recognising the potential to up-skill the hospitality industry with the new Train to Gain programme in 2006, John returned to the sector to found HIT (Hospitality Industry Training), with several of his colleagues from Hospitality Plus. Today it has grown to be the largest provider of Hospitality Apprenticeships in England with a stunning 70% success rate. HIT is 87% owned by its own staff and directors. John was educated at Kings Norton Grammar School, Birmingham, the University of Birmingham and holds an honorary fellowship from the Institute of Hospitality. John is a director of AELP (Association of Learning Providers) and represents AELP at several government committees and is also on the board of the newly created FE Guild.
In 2016 John was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Education and Training in the Hospitality Industry.