John left the Ministry of Justice in England and Wales in March 2012 after over 40 years of experience in a variety of roles including court management, information design and training. He was directly involved in introducing plain English to court proceedings and implementing the 'Woolf Reforms' on civil justice. In recent years his responsibilities included the operational management and policy for the civil courts of England and Wales. His last post was within the International Directorate with the objective of assisting emerging nations to introduce/improve their judicial systems. He was also responsible for negotiating bi-lateral judicial cooperation treaties. John has worked widely in North Africa, Europe, Vietnam and the UAE.
In 2003, he became the National Expert for the UK at the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and has been involved with working groups on the enforcement of judgments, effective timeframes and the quality of judicial systems. These groups have produced best practice guidelines and checklists to help Countries improve their courts’ performance and quality systems. John was directly responsible for and co-wrote the Enforcement Guidelines. From 2006 he became the Vice President of CEPEJ before being elected President in 2010 and retiring at the end of 2014. Since retiring from CEPEJ John has become a Director of the IIJE and European Board member for the International Association for Court Administration (IACA).
John has spoken in many Countries in Europe and beyond on justice issues and undertaken evaluation reviews for CEPEJ in Portugal, Malta, Armenia, Israel, Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi and Turkey.