John brings a huge wealth of experience and knowledge of the music industry. He joined Philips Records UK as a Management Trainee in 1960 and went on to become Commercial Planning Manager in 1965. Four years later he joined the fledgling A&M Records as General Manager, opening their London operation in April 1969. John stayed with them for ten years during which time the company grew from a staff of four to over 70 and he became Commercial Director in 1974. Elected as a founder member of the Council of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 1971, John served as a Director until 1979. He was then appointed Director General, a position which he held until retiring in 2000.
John has also served as a board member for numerous organisations including Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), the Advisory Committee of the National Sound Archive; the BRIT Trust (where he served as chairman); and the City Technology Colleges Trust (later to become the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust). John was also chair of the Supervisory Committee of The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology which opened at Selhurst in September 1991. In 1991 he was appointed Vice-Chair of Governors, taking over as Chair of Governors in 2001.
In recognition of his innumerable talents, John became the first recipient of the British Record Industry Award in 1992. He later received the ‘Music Week’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 1999 and a CBE in 1999 for Services to the British Music Industry. He became a FRSA in 1992.