John has a number of illuminating stories from his Army career, jumping off a ridge at 15,000 feet in Alaska, living on a glacier in South Georgia in the Antarctic, dealing with unexploded ordnance in Bosnia and debriefing a former Iraqi Intelligence Service bombmaker in Baghdad.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). A passion for outdoor adventure, John spent most of his school holidays on his grandfather’s estate, Brook Manor, in Devon. Widely believed to be the basis for Baskerville Hall in the Hound of the Baskervilles, John would explore old mine workings and dig up ammunition from a WW2 dump on Dartmoor. With a keen interest in homemade fireworks, John went on to join the Army and served for 24 years, specialising in Counter-Terrorist Search, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Weapons Intelligence.
Well versed in terrorist methods of attack, John authored chapters for international academic publisher Taylor and Francis. His work, Innovation and the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was included in Understanding Terrorist Innovation & Learning and Terrorist Weapons & Technology in Combating Terrorism in Northern Ireland.
Having retired in January 2012 John went on to complete his MA in Investigative Journalism at City University in London. Thereafter he lived on the island of Gozo, near Malta for six months. When he returned to the UK, John was recruited as health and wellbeing manager for two large marketing agencies in London, a position he filled for five years before starting his own business, Motion to Mind™, in 2017. Motion to Mind™ is a holistic wellbeing service, with an emphasis on providing people with the education and training to help them tackle adversity, avoid burnout and stress injury.
He struggled with the transition from military to civilian life, the loss of the Army family and grief from the loss of a mother and brother came back and hit him hard in retirement. As a result of John’s life experiences, he developed the 4M Framework, a model for health and happiness. More recently he launched Stress Injury Prevention Training™ (SIPT™), a unique, modular and holistic program to tackle stress related ill-health. He also works with corporate clients and private individuals helping them to deal with stress and common stress injury such as depression and anxiety.
John is also the founder of innovative urban adventure and mind/body workout, StreetGym®. A proven way to build resilience and improve team cohesion.
Given John’s background and experience, he is particularly effective when launching mental health campaigns in the corporate environment, presenting in order to break down barriers around discussing mental health, reaching out to men, typically a harder audience to engage and providing people with practical skills and training they can implement straight away.