A native of Edinburgh, John graduated MA (Hons) in Economics from Aberdeen University in 1990 and embarked upon a career in business in the advertising and marketing industry.
In 1998, he took a one year full time MBA at Cambridge University. He then moved to London to work in the technology and telecoms industry providing billing systems to media and advertising clients.Â Since returning to Edinburgh in 2008, he has continued his business interests in technology with a more active involvement in the Scottish charitable sector.
Johnâ€™s involvement with Inspiring Scotland comes from a belief in the need for long term support and funding options as a means of meeting some of the key needs of charities in Scotland. He has a particular interest in investor relations and fundraising activities at Inspiring Scotland as well as the growing development of the social finance sector and the possibilities for the role of social enterprises in the broader Scottish economy.
John has travelled extensively and, in recent years, he and his wife have undertaken annual voluntary working positions with Burmese migrant children on the Thai/Burma border. This has led to an involvement with a number of charities working on the development of education in Burma.
A lover of the Scottish Highlands, hillwalking and outdoor endurance events, John likes nothing more than a long swim in the cold coastal waters or dark lochs of Scotland.
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In April, Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health team co-hosted Supporting Women, Reducing Harm, the first-ever national conversation on how services should care for families affected by substance use in the perinatal period. This event was in partnership with Scottish Government, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland, NHS Scotland, third sectors partners and women withRead More
Scottish play charities will share a ÂŁ550,000 funding boost to help get children and families out to play in their local communities. Creative outdoor play sessions, active play, and nature spaces for local communities are just some of the brilliant initiatives being supported by the Scottish Government Outdoor Community Play Fund aimed at improving theRead More