John joined the Association in 2011. Prior to joining the Association he was Finance and Operations Director at South Bank Employers Group, a membership association; before that he was Finance Director at Skillsmart, a sector skills council. John has a business degree and qualified as an accountant in 2001 – his early career having been spent in the retail industry. He comes from a line of Pub Licensees – his father and grandfather both having been landlords in Sheffield. He is married with two boys and is an ardent Sheffield United fan.