John was born in Bath in 1974 and was brought up into a small family horticultural business, still managed by his father, in rural Wiltshire. His mother and uncle were born in Salisbury and his grandfather and great-grandfather lived and worked in the City during The Blitz. John is married to Emma and he has two step children William (13) and Emily (11) . Emma had a career in the Foreign Office in Paris and now works full time in the home.
He attended King Edward’s School, Bath where he was Head Boy. He then won a place at Oxford University where he read Modern History. After university, John worked for two Government Ministers in the last year of the Conservative administration (1996-97). This experience helped him to understand the hard work involved in being a Member of Parliament and the challenges of constituency work which he had extensive exposure to during his year as a Parliamentary researcher. After campaigning in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland for Michael (now Lord) Bates in the 1997 General Election John joined the Strategy practice of a large management consultancy firm.
Following three years in consulting John worked for an 8 month spell for William Hague MP’s team. After this secondment and standing for Parliament himself, as one of the youngest candidates, in Plymouth Devonport at the 2001 General Election, John wanted to gain further experience outside politics. John helped prepare William for Prime Minister’s Question Time and briefed the Shadow Cabinet for media appearances in his role as Head of the Political Section of the Conservative Research Department.
He gained an MBA at Cambridge University and worked in the oil and gas industries in the UK and in the US for the next few years. In early 2004 John returned to the Conservative Party to work as Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department looking after the day to day management of twenty researchers in the run up to the 2005 General Election. He then became Director of the Department and set up the secretariat for the Policy Review that was established after David Cameron became Leader.
John was a Magistrate (JP) at Horseferry Road, Westminster from 2006 to 2012 and retains a strong interest in the law and justice. He has worked as a mentor to students at City University; he has been a Trustee of a National Youth Charity and a Governor of an inner city comprehensive school.
John loves family life, and when not working enjoys spending time with his wife and stepchildren, walking around the beautiful Woodford Valley and being beaten by his neighbour at squash! John enjoys watching his stepson William play rugby and listening to his stepdaughter Emily play the piano. John is a committed Christian, and his family are active members of their local Church in Salisbury.