John is currently an advisor to industry and provider of short courses regarding braking and NVH issues. He is a National Teaching Fellow and has for many years been a visiting professor at The University of Leeds - teaching chassis systems and vehicle performance.
He is an apprentice trained engineer working within the general engineering industry for around 20 years as a design and development engineer. He holds a BSc 1st Class Honors from the University of Leeds and gained a PhD at the University of Huddersfield where he was awarded professorial status. The starus was awarded because of his contribution towards bot teaching and research in the areas of automotive engineering, mechanical engineering design and educational research.
He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (MSAE).
His presentations at conferences have been recognized through best presentation awards leading to the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award and his contribution to the braking industry and academia the SAE Dan Mahannah Award.
His ongoing interests include braking systems, NVH and health hazards associated with the mobility industry – brake dust. He has a particular interest in the education of automotive engineers and in promoting collaboration between industry and academia at an international level. He firmly believes the mobility industry should be more active in improving the knowledge and enthusiasm of their most valuable product – their engineers.