John is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved with listed businesses for over 30 years.
He was Chief Executive of British Polythene Industries PLC, the largest producer of polythene film products in Europe, with sales of more than £500 million, 2,350 employees and 21 manufacturing sites in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Canada and China, from 2003 until its sale to RPC in August 2016.
Between 1994 and 2002 he was Group Finance Director of BPI and was involved in the successful defence of a cash hostile takeover bid. In March 2002, he was awarded the Bank of Scotland’s Scottish Finance Director of the Year Award, which was a great achievement for both John and his team.
Prior to joining BPI he was Finance Director of Eclipse Blinds plc with sales of £40m. He was part of a turnaround team which successfully restructured the group and sold it to Headlam Group Plc, remaining as a Non-executive Director until the sale in 1997.
John’s career history also includes Finance Director at Scottish Enterprise, working with a £450m budget, and Finance Director of United Wire Group plc, which was subsequently acquired by Scapa Group.
John attended Forfar Academy and Dundee University where he attained an LLB before qualifying as a CA in 1976 with KPMG.