After his working career, John began to revive a
latent talent in sketching, encouraged by the
excellent teaching skills of his artist wife and the
benefit of some experience in engineering
draftsmanship.  He particularly enjoys en plein air
painting and is fond of drawing and painting old
Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, John is a graduate of Liverpool and a postgraduate of Manchester University and began working
life as a project manager in the engineering industry.  Following a subsequent career in management consultancy, human
resource management, labour arbitration and higher education in his native Britain, he came to Victoria in 1987 and became
immersed in a variety of volunteer activities.

John became a supporter of the Victoria Sketch Club after his wife Barbara became a member in 1991 and in recognition of
exceptional work for the Club, was made an Honorary Member in 2003.

John served on the Committee set up to organize the celebration of the Club’s centennial in 2009 and, in particular, John wrote a
comprehensive history of the Club to mark this event,titled  ‘The Victoria Sketch Club, a Centennial Celebration’.