John joined the University in 2009 working in the Change Management Unit where he implemented the Lauwerys review of business and administrative processes including the establishment of the Model School and Model College structures. John was appointed Director of Planning in 2012 with responsibility for leading the Directorate and overseeing the University's strategic and operation planning, management information and risk management frameworks. John is also a member of a number of cross-University Project Boards including the Gateway Project and Salford Advantage.
Prior to coming to Salford John spent 16 years in the energy sector working for BNFL where he held a variety of strategic, operational planning, policy and programme management roles across the group's operational units and the corporate centre. His most recent role at BNFL was Group Head of Strategy & Government Relations where he was responsible for developing and implementing a new strategy for the company that met government policy to open up a previously closed market to competition whilst ensuring the future commercial success of the BNFL companies operating within the newly established market. Throughout this transition, John was also responsible for the company's relationship with central government, in particular the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (and its predecessors) and HM Treasury. As part of this role John was a member of the government Steering Board that successfully established the National Nuclear Laboratory.