A well known specialist in entrepreneurship and new venture creation in Scotland, John brings considerable experience of emerging and high growth companies to his role as Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.
A founder member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment. He co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training and also a new media business. As an adviser in professional practice he worked with many of Scotlandís most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.
An experienced non-executive director, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise 'Local Heroes' project, based in part on his own MBA thesis 'Local Heroes - Scotland's Entrepreneurial Role Models'.
John is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde. He is a founding GlobalScot member and sits on the board of Scottish Networks International, as well as being a PSYBT Growth Fund panel member, director of Scottish Enterprise Tayside and a director of Stirling University Innovation Park.