I was born and brought up in the industrial West Midlands. I always enjoyed walking but was a relatively late starter to wild land, making my first visit to Scotland at the age of 24. I have never looked back, and enjoy hill walking in Scotland as often as I can. I live in Oxfordshire and Edinburgh.
I worked in civil engineering for all my career. When I retired from full time employment in 2015, I was Managing Director of a specialist civil engineering consultancy - managing the business, developing markets and, most importantly, ensuring our staff were able to reach their full potential.
Since retirement, I have been involved with various organisations. I am a Trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and their Vice President for Finance. I chair the ICE Finance, Assurance and Risk Committee. I was a Trustee (and past President) of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) until 2017 when I stood down due to term limits. Since 2014, I have been a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - an Executive Agency of the UK Government’s Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (Defra) - currently chairing the board and sitting on their Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. I am also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
I would bring a wide range of different experience to the Trust through my business experience, and as a charity trustee and a non-executive director. My background and skills are rather different from many of the Trustees and, as a consequence, I would bring diversity of thought and experience to the Trust Board. I would consider it a privilege to be a Trustee of John Muir Trust.
John Fox-Davies, Andrew Whitfield, Duncan Macniven, Christopher Judson, Thomas Bruce