John’s background is in engineering, having 20 years experience an engineer working in the private sector and then a further 22 years in the NHS as both an engineer and as a manager. He managed the estate of both the City General and City Maternity Hospitals and the smaller ‘Cottage’ hospitals (Brampton, Alston, Penrith, Keswick, Wigton), before moving to the Cumberland Infirmary. The Cottage Hospital Estate being transferred to the primary health care sector. He then managed the estate of the three main acute Hospitals in the city. On the conception of PFI he was transferred with the estate to the Facilities provider companies to Commission the medical services on completion of the new hospital build (Theatres, medical gas, water and telephone systems together with emergency backup systems). Hence he has a deep insight into both hospital and medical systems, both in the NHS and those managed by the private sector. He holds Qualifications in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and an NVQ4 in Hospital Management. Prior to retirement was a member of the Institute of Hospital Engineering and Estate Management and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He has actively participated in various Quality assessments (PLACE AND CQC) throughout both Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Acute Hospitals. His spare time is taken up as a tour guide broadcasting the wealth of history in the region, gaining qualifications as a ‘badged’ tour guide for Cumbria.
On joining Healthwatch he wants to work toward ensuring fair and equitable health service provision across Cumbria