John holds a BA Hons degree in Accounting from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, and is a qualified accountant as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. 

He also holds an MBA from John Moores University, Liverpool.  John is currently Director of Business Development in Waterways Ireland.  In that role he is responsible for the strategic planning processes and driving forward the recreational development of the inland waterways.

He is active in creating partnerships and joint ventures, securing funding and marketing and promoting the valuable recreational inland waterways to increase use by both tourists and local communities. In the past John worked as a finance professional in the NHS, Local Government, Civil Service and Fire Service where he was to the fore in strategic planning, corporate governance and driving efficiencies.