John became a governor of the College in March 2015 and is now retired after many years working in the university sector, latterly as Director (Education and Participation) at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. John has taught at all levels of higher education; his specialist area has been in Political Sociology and he has been involved in research and managed a large academic department. John is still actively involved in Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation through work with the University of the West of England, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow, and the University of Bristol. He chairs the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Brightside Trust. John is also a member of the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee of the College and Link Governor for HE Equine and Veterinary Nursing.